William I or Wilhelm I ( German: Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig; 22 March 1797 – 9 March 1888) of the House of Hohenzollern was King of Prussia from 2 January 1861 and the first German emperor from 18 January 1871 until his death. William was the first head of state of a united Germany, and was also de facto head of state of Prussia from 1858 to 1861, serving as regent for his brother, Frederick William IV.
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The future king and emperor was born William Frederick Louis...
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Wilhelm I of the family of the Hohenzollern, was a king of Prussia (January 2, 1861 – 9 March 1888) and the first German Emperor (18 January 1871 – 9 March 1888). His name was Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig von Hohenzollern. He was born March 22, 1797 and died March 9, 1888. In English his name means "William". When Wilhelm was king he and his prime minister, Otto von Bismarck, Prussia united a large group of smaller German countries.
William I, forby kent as Wilhelm I (full name: William Frederick Louis, German: Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig, 22 Mairch 1797 – 9 Mairch 1888), o the Hoose o Hohenzollern wis the Keeng o Proushie (2 Januar 1861 – 9 Mairch 1888) an the first German Emperor (18 Januar 1871 – 9 Mairch 1888), as well as the first Heid o State o a unitit Germany.
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If he was born in the House of Hohenzollern then wouldn't that be his actual surname and shouldn't that be included in his full name? i.e., William Frederick Louis Hohenzollern. Please clarify. Thanks. Yes he was born a member of the House of Hohenzollern. No he didn't use Hohenzollern as a surname. Let's not make things up about William. Noel S McFerran 21:38, 2 February 2007
Yes, in english he is usually reffered to as William I of Germany, not wilhelm. Not even his grandson is called wilhelm in textbooks. The page title should reflect this. -Alex, 18.104.22.168 00:25, 28 January 2006. 1. What textbooks did you read? This can only be British propaganda... Stevenmitchell 20:45, 16 September 2017
I propose that the name remain 'Wilhelm,' rather than William. The idea that the article be called 'William I' is absurd. During his own lifetime, he was styled and referred to as 'Wilhelm'; this was his personal and dynastic name, not 'William.' We don't refer to Ivan IV of Russia/ the Terrible/Vasilyevich as 'John IV of Russia' or 'John IV Son of Basil.' Doesn't anyone else see the absurdity of this proposed move? The history books may call him 'William,' but that doesn't make them right ...
His name was "Wilhelm". Why is Wilhelm the First called "William I" and Wilhelm the Second called "Wilhelm II"? Inconsistent in choosing what to change the name of historical characters to... — Preceding unsigned comment added by 22.214.171.124 17:13, 8 July 2013 During the Victorian Era, Prussia was allied with the UK, through the Crown Prince's marriage to the Princess Royal - but after Wilhelm II's reign and WW1, "William" was changed back to "Wilhelm", to alienise and Germanize the ...
https://www.wikidata.org/w/index.php?title=Q150652&diff=next&oldid=24266929 User:Maximilianklein, where was that taken from? Currently 0000000110630020 does not resolve, and is not listed at https://viaf.org/viaf/43148190/ 126.96.36.199 22:42, 12 February 2019 Hello 188.8.131.52, Thank you for logging that error. I can verify what you are saying, and that it is not listed in VIAF, or any of the VIAF history. This is a complicated bug, I'll have to explore it more. Thanks for reporting. Maximiliankl
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The future king and emperor was born William Frederick Louis of Prussia (Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig von Preußen) in the Kronprinzenpalais in Berlin on 22 March 1797. As the second son of King Frederick William III and Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, William was not expected to ascend to the throne. He was educated from 1801 to 1809 by Johann Friedrich Gottlieb Delbrück (de), who was also in charge of the education of William's brother, the Crownprince Frederick William. At age 10, his father appointed him an officer in the Prussian army. William served in the army from 1814 onward. Like his father he fought against Napoleon I of France during the part of the Napoleonic Wars known in Germany as the Befreiungskriege (otherwise known as the War of the Sixth Coalition), and was reportedly a very brave soldier. He was made a Captain (Hauptmann) and won the Iron Cross for his actions at Bar-sur-Aube. The war and the fight against France left a lifelong impression on him, in particular causi...
On 2 January 1861 Frederick William died and William ascended the throne as William I of Prussia. In July a student from Leipzig tried to assassinate William, but he was only lightly injured. Like Frederick I of Prussia, William travelled to Königsberg and there crowned himself at the Schlosskirche. William chose the anniversary of the Battle of Leipzig, 18 October, for this event, which was the first Prussian crowning ceremony since 1701 and the only crowning of a German king in the 19th century.William refused to comply with his brother's wish, expressed in Frederick William's last will, that he should abrogate the constitution. William inherited a conflict between Frederick William and the liberal Landtag. He was considered a politically neutral person as he intervened less in politics than his brother. In 1862 the Landtag refused an increase in the military budget that was required to pay for the already implemented reform of the army. This involved raising the peace time army f...
During the Franco-Prussian War, on 18 January 1871 in the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles Palace, William was proclaimed German Emperor. The title "German Emperor" was carefully chosen by Bismarck after discussion until (and after) the day of the proclamation. William accepted this title grudgingly as he would have preferred "Emperor of Germany" which, however, was unacceptable to the federated monarchs, and would also have signalled a claim to lands outside his realm (Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg etc.). The title "Emperor of the Germans", as proposed in 1848, was ruled out as he considered himself chosen "by the grace of God", not by the people as in a republic. William's brother Frederick William IV had been elected Emperor of the Germans by the Frankfurt National Assemblyon 28 March 1849, but then refused the crown already on 3 April 1849, purportedly saying that he would not accept "a crown from the gutter". William also viewed his Kingship of Prussia as much more important th...
William and Augusta of Saxe-Weimar had two children: 1. Frederick III, German Emperor(1831–1888) and 2. Princess Louise of Prussia(1838–1923)
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1. 22 March 1797 – 2 January 1861: His Royal HighnessPrince William of Prussia 2. 2 January 1861 – 18 January 1871: His MajestyThe King of Prussia 3. 18 January 1871 – 9 March 1888: His Imperial and Royal MajestyThe German Emperor, King of Prussia
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His Imperial and Royal Majesty William the First, by the Grace of God, German Emperor and King of Prussia; Margrave of Brandenburg, Burgrave of Nuremberg, Count of Hohenzollern; Sovereign and Supreme Duke of Silesia and of the County of Glatz; Grand Duke of the Lower Rhine and of Posen; Duke of Saxony, of Westphalia, of Angria, of Pomerania, Lüneburg, Holstein and Schleswig, of Magdeburg, of Bremen, of Guelders, Cleves, Jülich and Berg, Duke of the Wends and the Kassubes, of Crossen, Lauenbur...Röhl John C. G. Young Wilhelm: The Kaiser's Early Life, 1859-1888 (1998) onlineSteinberg, Jonathan. Bismarck: A Life(2011)
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The German emperor was the official title of the head of state and hereditary ruler of the German Empire. A specifically chosen term, it was introduced with the 1 January 1871 constitution and lasted until the official abdication of Wilhelm II on 28 November 1918. The Holy Roman emperor is sometimes also called "German emperor" when the historical context is clear, as derived from the Holy Roman Empire's official name of "Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation" from 1512. Following the revolutio
In the wake of the revolutions of 1848 and during the German Empire, King Frederick William IV of Prussia was offered the title "Emperor of the Germans" by the Frankfurt Parliament in 1849, but declined it as "not the Parliament's to give". Frederick William believed that only the German princes had the right to make such an offer, in accordance with the traditions of the Holy Roman Empire.
The title was carefully chosen by Otto von Bismarck, Minister President of Prussia and Chancellor of the North German Confederation, after discussion which continued until the proclamation of King William I of Prussia as emperor at the Palace of Versailles during the Siege of Paris. William accepted this title grudgingly on 18 January, having preferred "Emperor of Germany". However, that would have signaled a territorial sovereignty unacceptable to the South German monarchs, as well as a claim t
The German Emperors had an extensive list of titles and claims that reflected the geographic expanse and diversity of the lands ruled by the House of Hohenzollern.
The German Emperor, Wilhelm I, watched as his grandson, guided principally by the Crown Princess Victoria, grew to manhood. When Wilhelm was nearing twenty-one the Emperor decided it was time his grandson should begin the military phase of his preparation for the throne.
Frederick Barbarossa (German: Friedrich I., Italian: Federico I; 1122 – 10 June 1190), also known as Frederick I, was the Holy Roman Emperor from 1155 until his death 35 years later.
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