Frederick William IV

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Birthday
15, 1795
Birthplace
Berlin, Germany
Death Date
Jan 2, 1861 (65)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
15, 1795
Birthplace
Berlin, Germany
Death Date
Jan 2, 1861 (65)

About

Famous for supporting a host of architectural projects in the cities of Potsdam, Berlin, and Cologne, this mid-19th century King of Prussia is also remembered for his conservative politics; his support of the Romantic movement in art and literature; and his refusal to accept the title of Emperor. 

Before Fame

In his early life, he received an excellent education from a number of tutors. After briefly serving in the Prussian Army, he became involved in both landscaping and architecture.

Trivia

He was responsible for the construction of a famous Gothic cathedral in Cologne, Germany.

Family Life

He was born in Berlin as the eldest son and heir to Frederick William III of Prussia. His marriage to Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria, though a happy union by all accounts, produced no children.

Associated With

He served as a patron to German composer Felix Mendelssohn, as well as to numerous other musicians, artists, and architects.