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William I
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Portrait of William I in 1884
German Emperor
Reign 18 January 1871 – 9 March 1888
Proclamation 18 January 1871, Versailles
Predecessor monarchy established
Successor Frederick III
Chancellor Otto von Bismarck
King of Prussia
Reign 2 January 1861 – 9 March 1888
Coronation 18 October 1861
Predecessor Frederick William IV
Successor Frederick III
Prime Ministers
Holder of the Bundespräsidium of the North German Confederation
In office 1 July 1867 – 31 December 1870
Chancellor Otto von Bismarck
Born 22 March 1797
Berlin, Kingdom of Prussia, Holy Roman Empire
Died 9 March 1888(1888-03-09) (aged 90)
Berlin, German Empire
Burial 16 March 1888
Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin, Germany
Spouse Augusta of Saxe-Weimar
Issue Frederick III, German Emperor
Louise, Grand Duchess of Baden
House Hohenzollern
Father Frederick William III of Prussia
Mother Louise of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Religion Lutheranism (Prussian United)
Wilhelm I of Germany

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. They won the Franco-Prussian War and the German Empire started.

His grandson Wilhelm II ordered the Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche to be built to honour his life and achievements.

Official titles

His official title was German Emperor and King of Prussia; Margrave of Brandenburg; Burgrave of Nürnberg, Count of Hohenzollern; Sovereign and highest Duke of Silesia as of the county of Glatz; Grand Duke of the Lower Rhine and of Posen; Duke of Saxony, Wesphalia, and Angaria, of Pomerania, Lüneburg, Holstein and Schleswig, of Magdeburg, Bremen, Gelders, Cleves, Jülich and Berg, as well as of the Wendes and Kaschubs, of Krossen, Lauenburg, Mecklenburg; Landgrave of Hesse and Thuringia, Margrave of Upper and Lower Lusatia, Prince of Orange, Prince of Rügen, of East Frisia, of Paderborn and Pyrmont, of Halberstadt, Münster, Minden, Osnabrück, Hildesheim, of Verden, Kammin, Fulda, Nassau and Moers; Princely Count of Henneberg; Count of the Mark and of Ravensberg, of Hohnstein, Tecklenburg and Lingen, of Mansfeld, Sigmaringen and Veringen, Lord of Frankfurt" German: Deutscher Kaiser und König von Preussen, Markgraf zu Brandenburg, Burggraf zu Nürnberg, Graf zu Hohenzollern, souveräner und oberster Herzog von Schlesien wie auch der Grafschaft Glatz, Grossherzog vom Niederrhein und Posen, Herzog zu Sachsen, Westfalen und Engern, zu Pommern, Lüneburg, Holstein und Schleswig, zu Magdeburg, Bremen, Geldern, Cleve, Jülich und Berg, sowie auch der Wenden und Kaschuben, zu Krossen, Lauenburg, Mecklenburg, Landgraf zu Hessen und Thüringen, Markgraf der Ober- und Niederlausitz, Prinz von Oranien, Fürst zu Rügen, zu Ostfriesland, zu Paderborn und Pyrmont, zu Halberstadt, Münster, Minden, Osnabrück, Hildesheim, zu Verden, Kammin, Fulda, Nassau und Moers, gefürsteter Graf zu Henneberg, Graf der Mark und zu Ravensberg, zu Hohnstein, Tecklenburg und Lingen, zu Mansfeld, Sigmaringen und Veringen, Herr zu Frankfurt.

Titles and styles

  • 22 March 1797 – 2 January 1861: His Royal Highness Prince William of Prussia
  • 2 January 1861 – 18 January 1871: His Majesty The King of Prussia
  • 18 January 1871 – 9 March 1888: His Imperial and Royal Majesty The German Emperor, King of Prussia

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