Frederick William IV, (born Oct. 15, 1795, Cölln, near Berlin—died Jan. 2, 1861, Potsdam, Prussia), king of Prussia from 1840 until 1861, whose conservative policies helped spark the Revolution of 1848. In the aftermath of the failed revolution, Frederick William followed a reactionary course. In 1857 he was incapacitated by a stroke, and his brother, the future William I, became regent (1858–61).
Frederick William IV, the eldest son and successor of Frederick William III of Prussia, reigned as King of Prussia from 7 June 1840 to his death on 2 January 1861. Also referred to as the "romanticist on the throne", he is best remembered for the many buildings he had constructed in Berlin and Potsdam as well as for the completion of the Gothic Cologne Cathedral. In politics, he was a conservative, who initially pursued a moderate policy of easing press censorship and reconciling with the Cathol
Frederick William IV (1795-1861) was king of Prussia from 1840 to 1861. Perhaps the most intelligent and artistically talented Prussian monarch, he proved to be an erratic and unreliable leader during the German Revolution of 1848. On Oct. 15, 1795, Frederick William IV was born in Berlin, the oldest son of Frederick William III.
Frederick William IV, German Friedrich Wilhelm, (born Oct. 15, 1795, Cölln, near Berlin, Prussia—died Jan. 2, 1861, Potsdam), King of Prussia (1840–61). The son of Frederick William III, he was a disciple of the German Romantic movement and an artistic dilettante, but his conservative policies helped spark the Revolutions of 1848, in opposition. In 1849 he refused the imperial crown offered by the Frankfurt National Assembly.
Frederick William IV of Prussia replaced his liberal ministers with a conservative government which adjourned the Constituent Assembly. 28 March 1849 The Frankfurt Assembly elected Prussia's King Frederick William IV as Emperor of Germany.
Frederick William I, German Friedrich Wilhelm I, (born August 14, 1688, Berlin—died May 31, 1740, Potsdam, Prussia), second Prussian king, who transformed his country from a second-rate power into the efficient and prosperous state that his son and successor, Frederick II the Great, made a major military power on the Continent.
Frederick William IV of Prussia (1795–1861), King of Prussia Frederick William, Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1819–1904) Frederick III, German Emperor (1831–1888), German Emperor and King of Prussia. He was known as Frederick William when he was Crown Prince.
Brother of Frederick William IV, Son of Frederick William III; also President of the North German Confederation (1867–1871) and German Emperor (from 1871) Hohenzollern: ... Frederick William IV of Prussia 1795-1840-1861: Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria 1801–1873: Victoria of the United Kingdom 1819–1901: Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha 1819 ...
Early life. Frederick was the son of Crown Prince Frederick William of Prussia and his wife, Sophia Dorothea of Hanover. He was born sometime between 11 and 12 p.m. on 24 January 1712 in the Berlin Palace and was baptised with the single name Friedrich by Benjamin Ursinus von Bär on 31 January. The birth was welcomed by his grandfather, Frederick I, as his two previous grandsons had both died ...
Frederick William suffered a stroke in 1857, and his younger brother, Prince William, became regent. William pursued a considerably more moderate policy. Upon Frederick William IV's death in 1861 he succeeded to the Prussian throne as William I. However, shortly after becoming king, he faced a dispute with his parliament over the size of the army.