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Friedrich Wilhelm I of Prussia

Frederick William I of Prussia (in German:Friedrich Wilhelm I), of the House of Hohenzollern (August 14, 1688 - May 31, 1740), often known as 'the Soldier-King', reigned as King of Prussia (1713 - 1740).

His father, Frederick I of Prussia, had successfully acquired the title King for the margraves of Brandenburg. Frederick William concentrated on building up the military power of Prussia.

He acquired a reputation for his fondness for military display - leading to his special efforts to hire the tallest men he could find in all of Europe for a special regiment nicknamed Potsdam Giants.

His son, Frederick II, known as Frederick the Great, succeeded him as King of Prussia.

Preceded by:
Frederick I
List of Kings of Prussia

Succeeded by:
Frederick II (the Great)