1688, Aug 141740, May 31
known as the 'Soldier King,' was the King in Prussia and Elector of Brandenburg from 1713 until his death, as well as the father of Frederick the Great. He was in personal union the sovereign prince of the Principality of Neuchâtel. During his own reign, Frederick William I did much to centralize and improve Prussia. He replaced mandatory military service among the middle class with an annual tax, established schools and hospitals, and resettled East Prussia (which had been devastated by the plague in 1709). The king encouraged farming, reclaimed marshes, stored grain in good times and sold it in bad times.
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05/06/1672-Brandenburg's monarch Frederick William I signs treaty with Netherlands 
06/16/1673-Treaty of Vossem: French King Louis XIV and Frederick William I of Brandenburg
08/13/1713-King Frederick William I declares war on Brandenburg-Prussia 
01/05/1717-Prussian King Frederick William I buys conscript for nobles 
07/28/1717-Prussian king Frederick William I gives compulsory education to 5-12 yrs 
02/02/1732-King Frederick William I moves Lutherans towards East-Prussia 
09/15/1733-King Frederick William I divides Prussia-Brandenburg in Cantons 
01/25/1858-Felix Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" played at the wedding of Queen Victoria's daughter Princess Victoria, to Prince Frederick William I of Prussia
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