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Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg / M. Czwiczek / Painting, 1649 / Detail
1620 – 1688,
Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia, thus ruler of Brandenburg-Prussia, from 1640 until his death in 1688.
The Great Elector...
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1685 Edict of Potsdam
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Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia (1620 - 1688)
16th February 2020 - 400th Birthday.
9th May 2023 - 335th Anniversary of his death.
Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia, thus ruler of Brandenburg-Prussia, from 1640 until his death in 1688.
He is popularly known as "the Great Elector" (der Große Kurfürst) because of his military and political achievements. 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.