Frederick William (German: Friedrich Wilhelm; 16 February 1620 – 29 April 1688) was Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia, thus ruler of Brandenburg-Prussia, from 1640 until his death in 1688. A member of the House of Hohenzollern , he is popularly known as " the Great Elector "  ( der Große Kurfürst ) because of his military and ...
Frederick William, elector of Brandenburg (1640–88), who restored the Hohenzollern dominions after the devastations of the Thirty Years’ War—centralizing the political administration, reorganizing the state finances, rebuilding towns and cities, developing a strong army, and acquiring clear.
Frederick William, German Friedrich Wilhelm known as the Great Elector, (born Feb. 16, 1620, Cölln, near Berlin—died May 9, 1688, Potsdam), Elector of Brandenburg (1640–88) who restored the Hohenzollern dominions after the Thirty Years’ War. At his accession to the electorship, Brandenburg was ravaged by war and occupied by foreign troops.
by World History Edu · Published May 19, 2023 · Updated May 19, 2023. Frederick William (1620 – 1688) was Elector of Brandenburg and Duke of Prussia. He ruled Brandenburg-Prussia from 1640 until his death in 1688. Image: Portrait of Frederick William by Gedeon Romandon. Frederick William, Elector of Brandenburg, also known as Frederick ...
When the Swedes invaded Brandenburg, the Elector turned northward, and under his command his army, in June 1675, scored its first independent victory. In a contemporary folk song Frederick William was for the first time called the “Great Elector.”
Frederick William (1620-1688) was elector of Brandenburg from 1640 to 1688. Known as the Great Elector, he augmented and integrated the Hohenzollern possessions in northern Germany and Prussia. Born in Berlin on Feb. 16, 1620, Frederick William was the only son of Elector George William and Elizabeth Charlotte of the Palatinate.
Frederick I, elector of Brandenburg (as Frederick III), who became the first king in Prussia (1701–13), freed his domains from imperial suzerainty, and continued the policy of territorial aggrandizement begun by his father, Frederick William, the Great Elector.