Wilhelm I. deutscher Kaiser und König von Preußen
(22.03.1797 - 09.03.1888)
place of birth:  Berlin

Königreich Preußen:  Seine Majestät der Kaiser und König,  Chef der Armee

                           


Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig von Preußen
, King of Prussia from 1861 to 1888 and emperor (Kaiser) of Germany from 1871 to 1888; son of Friedrich Wilhelm III. Essentially a conservative ruler who, upon assuming the crown, set about reorganizing the army. When he met with opposition from parliament, he appointed Bismarck as Prime Minister (1862); was thereafter completely guided by Bismarck, who suppressed all opposition to the king and himself. 

Prussia began its series of military triumphs: the Danish War over Schleswig-Holstein (1864), the Austro- Prussian War (1866), and the Franco-Prussian War (1870-71). Upon the surrender to Napoleon III, Bismarck has Wilhelm I crowned emperor of unified Germany at the Versailles Palace. Wilhelm I's rule was crucial in modern history as it saw the rise of Germany as a great European military power.  Wilhelm I died on 9 March 1888 in Berlin.

     

deutscher Kaiser ............ 18.01.1871  -  09.03.1888

König von Preußen ........ 02.01.1861  -  09.03.1888

General der Infanterie .. 10.09.1840

Großkreuz des EK .......... 16.06.1871

Pour le Mérite .................. 29.06.1866