Person:Frederick William I of Prussia (1)

Frederick William I , of Prussia
b.14 Aug 1688 Berlin, Germany
Facts and Events
Name Frederick William I , of Prussia
Gender Male
Birth[1] 14 Aug 1688 Berlin, Germany
Marriage 28 NOV 1706 Berlijnto Sophia Dorothea , van Engeland and Hannover
Death[1] 31 May 1740 Potsdam-Mittelmark, Brandenburg, Germany
Other? House of Hohenzollern

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Frederick William I (14 August 1688 – 31 May 1740) was the King in Prussia and Elector of Brandenburg (as Frederick William II) from 1713 until his death. He was in personal union the sovereign prince of the Principality of Neuchâtel.

Blum concludes that he was:

Uncontrollably violent in temper, vulgar in speech and manner, scornful of education and culture, and so deeply pious that he considered theaters "temples of Satan."...He made a fetish of cleanliness, washing and grooming himself many times each day.

On the other hand, Blum continues:

This royal neurotic was the most remarkable reformer of his dynasty....He was the real father of Prussian militarism and Prussian bureaucratic efficiency.
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