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Encyclopedia > Wilhelm I of Prussia
Wilhelm I of Germany
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Wilhelm I of Germany
German Royalty
House of Hohenzollern

Wilhelm I
Children
   Prince Friederich
   Princess Louise
Friederich III
Children
   Prince Wilhelm
   Princess Charlotte
   Prince Heinrich
   Prince Sigismund
   Princess Victoria
   Prince Waldemar
   Princess Sophie
   Princess Margarete
Wilhelm II
Children
   Crown Prince Wilhelm
   Prince Eitel Friederich
   Prince Adalbert
   Prince Augustus Wilhelm
   Prince Oskar
   Prince Joachim
   Princess Viktoria Luise

Wilhelm I, (March 22, 1797 - March 9, 1888), German Emperor (Kaiser), ruled January 18, 1871-1888 and king of Prussia, ruled 1861-1888. His full name was Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig. Download high resolution version (782x1090, 124 KB)public domain from http://www. ... Download high resolution version (782x1090, 124 KB)public domain from http://www. ... Aerial view of the castle, Hohenzollern, Germany. ... This image depicts a seal, an emblem, a coat of arms or a crest. ... Friedrich III of Germany. ... Princess Louise of Prussia (1838–1923) was the second child and only daughter of Wilhelm I of Germany and Augusta of Saxe-Weimar. ... Friedrich III of Germany. ... Kaiser Wilhelm II Wilhelm II, German Emperor, ( 27 January , 1859–4 June , 1941), also known as William II, was the last German Emperor ( Kaiser ) and the last King ( König ) of Prussia, ruling from 1888 to 1918. ... Victoria Elizabeth Augusta Charlotte, Duchess of Saxe-Meiningen (24 July 1860-1 October 1919) was the second child born to Crown Prince Friedrich of Prussia and Princess Victoria. ... Prince Albert Wilhelm Heinrich of Prussia, known as Prince Heinrich (August 14, 1862 in Berlin – April 20, 1929 in Hemmelmark, Schleswig-Holstein) was a younger brother of Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany. ... This article is being considered for deletion in accordance with Wikipedias deletion policy. ... Prince Waldemar (Joachim Friedrich Ernst Waldemar) (February 10, 1868–March 27, 1879) was the sixth child of Crown Prince Friedrich III (later Emperor Friedrich III), and Victoria, Princess Royal of Great Britain, a daughter of the British Queen Victoria. ... Princess Sophie of Prussia (June 14, 1870–January 13, 1932), was queen consort of King Constantine I of Greece. ... Kaiser Wilhelm II Wilhelm II, German Emperor, ( 27 January , 1859–4 June , 1941), also known as William II, was the last German Emperor ( Kaiser ) and the last King ( König ) of Prussia, ruling from 1888 to 1918. ... Crown Prince Wilhelm Crown Prince Wilhelm of Germany and Prussia (6 May 1882 - 20 July 1951), Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor August Ernst Kronprinz von Preussen, was born 6 May 1882 at Marmorpalais, Potsdam, Germany. ... Prince Eitel Friederich (July 7, 1883–December 8, 1942) was a son of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany by his first wife, Augusta Viktoria, Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein. ... Prince Adalbert (July 14, 1884–September 22, 1948) was a son of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany by his first wife, Augusta Viktoria, Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein. ... Prince Augustus Wilhelm (January 29, 1887–March 25, 1949) was the fourth son of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany by his first wife, Augusta Viktoria, Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein. ... Prince Oskar of Prussia (July 27, 1888–January 27, 1958) was the son of Kaiser Wilhelm II and Augusta Viktoria, Duchess of Schleswig-Holstein. ... Prince Joachim Franz Humbert of Prussia (17 December 1890-18 July 1920) was the youngest son of Kaiser Wilhelm II of Germany, by his first wife, Augusta of Schleswig-Holstein-Augustenburg. ... Princess Viktoria Luise (13 September 1892–11 December 1980), Duchess of Brunswick-Luneburg, was the seventh child and the only daughter of Emperor Wilhelm II and Empress Augusta Viktoria. ... March 22 is the 81st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (82nd in Leap years). ... 1797 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... March 9 is the 68th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (69th in Leap years). ... 1888 is a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... An emperor is a (male) monarch, usually the sovereign ruler of an empire or another type of imperial realm. ... January 18 is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1871 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1888 is a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ... A monarch is a type of ruler or head of state, whose titles and ascent are often inherited, not earned, and who represents a larger monarchical system which has established rules and customs regarding succession, duties, and powers. ... The coat of arms of the Kingdom of Prussia, 1701-1918 The word Prussia (German: Preußen or Preussen, Polish: Prusy, Lithuanian: PrÅ«sai, Latin: Borussia) has had various (often contradictory) meanings: The land of the Baltic Prussians (in what is now parts of southern Lithuania, the Kaliningrad exclave of... 1861 is a common year starting on Tuesday. ... 1888 is a leap year starting on Sunday (click on link for calendar). ...

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Early Life and Military Career

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Prince Wilhelm riding with the painter, Franz Krüger, 1836.

As second son of Friedrich Wilhelm III Wilhelm had no expectations to ascend to the throne and thus he received only little education. He served in the army from 1814 onward, fought against Napoleon, and was reportedly a very brave soldier. He also became an excellent diplomat by engaging in diplomatic missions after 1815. In 1848 he successfully crushed a revolt that was aimed at his elder brother King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1576x2070, 353 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Wilhelm I of Germany User:Rl/Images ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (1576x2070, 353 KB) File links The following pages link to this file: Wilhelm I of Germany User:Rl/Images ... 1836 was a leap year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Frederick William III Frederick William III, known in German as Friedrich Wilhelm III, reigned as king of Prussia from 1797 to 1840. ... 1814 was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for calendar). ... Bonaparte as general, by Antoine-Jean Gros. ... 1815 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... 1848 is a leap year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... King Frederick William IV of Prussia (October 15, 1795 - January 2, 1861), the eldest son and successor of Frederick William III of Prussia, reigned as King of Prussia from 1840 to 1861. ...


Prince Regent

In 1857 Friedrich Wilhelm IV suffered from a stroke and became mentally disabled for the rest of his life. In January 1858 Wilhelm became Prince Regent for his brother. 1857 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... A stroke or cerebrovascular accident (CVA) occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is suddenly interrupted by occlusion (an ischemic stroke- approximately 90%of strokes) or by hemorrhage (a hemorrhagic stroke - approximately 10% of strokes). ... 1858 is a common year starting on Friday. ... // High public office A regent, from the Latin regens who reigns is anyone who acts of head of state, especially if not the Monarch (who has higher titles). ...


King and Kaiser

On January 2, 1861 Friedrich Wilhelm died and Wilhelm ascended the throne as Wilhelm I of Prussia. He inherited a conflict between King and the liberal parliament. He was considered a politically neutral person as he intervened less in politics than his brother. He nevertheless found a conservative solution for the conflict: he appointed Otto von Bismarck to the office of Prime Minister. According to the Prussian constitution, the Prime Minister was solely responsible to the king, not to parliament. Bismarck liked to see his work relationship with Wilhelm as that of a vassal to his feudal superior. Nonetheless it was Bismarck who effectively directed the politics, interior as well as foreign; on several occasions he gained Wilhelm's assent by threatening to resign. January 2 is the 2nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1861 is a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Prince Otto Eduard Leopold von Bismarck-Schönhausen, Duke of Lauenburg (April 1, 1815 – July 30, 1898) was one of the most prominent European aristocrats and statesmen of the nineteenth century. ...


In the aftermath of the Franco-Prussian War Wilhelm was proclaimed German Emperor on January 18, 1871 in Versailles, in the palace of Louis XIV. By this ceremony, the North German Confederation (1867-1871) was transformed into the German Empire ("Kaiserreich", 1871-1918). This Empire was a federal state; the emperor was head of state and president (primus inter pares) of the federated monarchs (the kings of Bavaria, Württemberg, Saxony, the grand dukes of Baden and Hesse, and so on, not to forget the senates of the free cities of Hamburg, Lübeck and Bremen). Wilhelm accepted the title "German Emperor" grudgingly; he would have preferred "Emperor of Germany", which however was unacceptable to the federated monarchs. The Franco-Prussian War (July 19, 1870 – May 10, 1871) was fought between France and Prussia (backed by the North German Confederation) allied with the south German states of Baden, Bavaria and Württemberg. ... January 18 is the 18th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1871 was a common year starting on Sunday (see link for calendar). ... Versailles, formerly the unofficial capital city of the kingdom of France, is now a wealthy suburb of Paris and is still an important administrative and judicial center. ... Louis XIV (Louis-Dieudonné) (September 5, 1638 – September 1, 1715) reigned as King of France and King of Navarre from May 14, 1643 until his death. ... The North German Confederation (German Norddeutscher Bund), a transitional grouping which existed (1867 - 1871) between the dissolution of the German Confederation and the founding of the German Empire, cemented Prussian control over the 22 states of Northern Germany and emanated that same control (via the Zollverein) into southern Germany. ... The term German Empire (Deutsches Reich) commonly refers to Germany, from its consolidation as a unified nation-state on January 18, 1871, until the abdication of Kaiser (Emperor) Wilhelm II on November 9, 1918. ... With an area of 70,553 km² (27,241 square miles) and 12. ... Württemberg (often spelled Wurttemberg in English) refers to an area and a former state in Swabia, a region in south-western Germany. ... With an area of 18,413 km² and a population of 4. ... Baden was a territory in the southwest of what later became unified Germany. ... With an area of 21,110 km² and just over six million inhabitants, Hesse (German: Hessen) is one of Germanys sixteen federal states (Bundesländer). ... Position of Hamburg in Germany Hamburgs central broadway Jungfernstieg at the Alster lake, between 1900 and 1914 This article is about the city in Germany. ... Statistics State: Schleswig-Holstein District: Independent city Area: 214. ... Bremen lies in North Germany 50km South of the North Sea. ...


In his memoirs, Bismarck describes Wilhelm as an old-fashioned, courteous, infallibly polite gentleman and a genuine Prussian officer, whose good common sense was occasionally undermined by "female influences".

Imperial Styles of
Kaiser Wilhelm I of Germany
Reference style His Imperial Majesty
Spoken style Your Imperial Majesty
Alternative style Sire
Monarchical Styles of
König Wilhelm I of Prussia
Reference style His Majesty
Spoken style Your Majesty
Alternative style Sire

In May 11, 1878, anarchist Max Hödel attempted to assassinate Kaiser Wilhelm I in Berlin, but his attempt failed. This attempt became the pretext for the institution of the Anti-Socialist Law, which was introduced by Bismarck’s government with the support of a majority in the Reichstag on October 21, 1878, for the purpose of fighting the socialist and working-class movement. The law deprived the Social-Democratic Party of Germany of its legal status; it prohibited all its organisations, workers’ mass organisations and the socialist and workers’ press, decreed confiscation of socialist literature, and subjected Social-Democrats to reprisals. The law was extended every 2-3 years. Despite this policy of reprisals the Social-Democratic Party increased its influence among the masses. Under pressure of the mass working-class movement the law was repealed on October 1, 1890. This image depicts a seal, an emblem, a coat of arms or a crest. ... A style is a form of address which by tradition or law precedes a reference to a person who holds a title or post, or to the office itself. ... A style is a form of address which by tradition or law precedes a reference to a person who holds a title or post, or to the office itself. ... Majesty is an English word rooting in the Latin Maiestas, meaning literally,Greatness. ... May 11 is the 131st day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (132nd in leap years). ... 1878 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... Emil Max Hödel (1857 – August 16, 1878) was a plumber from Leipzig, Germany who became known for a failed assassination. ...   Berlin? (pronounced: , German ) is the capital of Germany and its largest city, with 3,426,000 inhabitants (as of January 2005); down from 4. ... The Reichstag is both an institutional assembly and a specific building. ... October 21 is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar, with 71 days remaining. ... 1878 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... October 1 is the 274th day of the year (275th in Leap years). ... 1890 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ...


Issue

In 1829, Wilhelm married Augusta of Saxe-Weimar and had two children: 1829 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Grand Duchess Augusta of Saxe-Weimar (1811–1890) was the queen consort of Wilhelm I of Germany. ...


Friedrich III of Germany. ... Princess Louise of Prussia (1838–1923) was the second child and only daughter of Wilhelm I of Germany and Augusta of Saxe-Weimar. ...

Preceded by:
German Emperor
1871–1888
Succeeded by:
Friedrich III
Preceded by:
Friedrich Wilhelm IV
King of Prussia
1861–1888


The following list of German Kings and Emperors is one of several Wikipedia lists of incumbents. ... Friedrich III of Germany. ... King Frederick William IV of Prussia (October 15, 1795 - January 2, 1861), the eldest son and successor of Frederick William III of Prussia, reigned as King of Prussia from 1840 to 1861. ... The following is a list of Kings of Prussia (Könige von Preußen) from the Hohenzollern family. ...


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Wilhelm II of Prussia and Germany, Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albrecht von Hohenzollern (January 27, 1859 - June 5, 1941) was the last German Emperor (Kaiser) and the last King (König) of Prussia from 1888 - 1918.
Wilhelm was educated at Kassel Gymnasium and the University of Bonn.
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