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Frederick William I


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  • n. son of Frederick I who became king of Prussia in 1713; reformed and strengthened the Prussian army (1688-1740)


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  • Everett Collection Frederick William I, Elector of Brandenburg, a member of the House of Hohenzollern, became Duke of Prussia in 1640 and went on to reform the duchy and position it for dominance in future centuries.

    Heirs to Germany's Royal History

  • While Frederick the Great's father, Frederick William I, left him with arguably the finest infantry in Europe at the end of the latter's reign in 1740, the cavalry arm was quite a different matter.

    Archive 2007-08-01

  • Frederick William I and his son, Frederick the Great, the two ruling from 1713 to 1786, made most rapid strides in education.

    On the Firing Line in Education

  • Frederick William I, money, military might, and divine-right monarchy became the indispensable props of the Hohenzollern rule in Prussia.

    A Political and Social History of Modern Europe V.1.

  • Frederick William I was a hard working, parsimonious Prussian sergeant, with a great love for bar-room stories and strong Dutch tobacco, an intense dislike of all frills and feathers, (especially if they were of French origin,) and possessed of but one idea.

    The Story of Mankind

  • Frederick II, The Great (1740-88), son of Frederick William I, had probably more intellectual ability than any other Hohenzollern known to history; he had in him a touch of genius.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • Frederick William I also was alive to his country's glory, but was more inclined to prepare for war than to carry it on; in many respects his character recalls that of the later William I.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 12: Philip II-Reuss

  • In his able work on German civilization Professor Richard tells of some Silesian peasants who knelt down when presenting a petition to Frederick William I, and were promptly told to get up, as “such an attitude was unworthy of a human being.”

    William of Germany

  • The book contains four anecdotes about King Frederick William I, the father of Frederick the Great, a villainous king who was prevented from executing his own son only by the protests of the other kings of Europe.

    Face to Face with Kaiserism

  • Christian Wolff, who had been banished by Frederick William I, was recalled and made professor of philosophy.

    The History of Education; educational practice and progress considered as a phase of the development and spread of western civilization


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