Person:Frederick William I, Elector of Brandenburg (1)

Frederick William I , Elector of Brandenburg
Facts and Events
Name Frederick William I , Elector of Brandenburg
Alt Name Friedrich Wilhelm , von Brandenburg
Gender Male
Birth[1] 6 Feb 1620 Cölln an der Spree, Brandenburg, GermanyJulian, House of Hohenzollern
Alt Birth? 16 FEB 1620 Kolln a/d SpreeGregorian
Marriage 7 DEC 1646 's-Gravenhage, Zuid-Holland, Netherlandsto Luise Henriette of Nassau
Marriage 13 Jun 1668 Halberstadt, Sachsen, Preußen, GermanySchloss Gröningen
to Sophia Dorothea of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg
Death[1] 29 Apr 1688 Potsdam, Brandenburg, Preußen, GermanyJulian
Alt Death? 9 MAY 1688 Potsdam, Brandenburg, PrussiaGregorian
Reference Number? Q152727?
  • Markgraf von Brandenburg
  • Erzkammerer und Kurfürst des Heiligen Römischen Reiches
  • Herzog in Preussen
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Frederick William (16 February 1620 – 29 April 1688) was Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia – and thus ruler of Brandenburg-Prussia – from 1640 until his death. A member of the House of Hohenzollern, he is popularly known as "the Great Elector" because of his military and political prowess. Frederick William was a staunch pillar of the Calvinist faith, associated with the rising commercial class. He saw the importance of trade and promoted it vigorously. His shrewd domestic reforms gave Prussia a strong position in the post-Westphalian political order of north-central Europe, setting Prussia up for elevation from duchy to kingdom, achieved under his son and successor.

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  2.   Friedrich Wilhelm Kurfürst von Brandenburg, in Lundy, Darryl. The Peerage: A genealogical survey of the peerage of Britain as well as the royal families of Europe.