William I
(1772-1843)
   The first king of the Netherlands and grand duke of Luxembourg (1815-1840), William I was the son of Prince William V of Orange, the last stadtholder of the Netherlands. He commanded the Dutch army during the French Revolutionary Wars (1793-1795) and then entered, first, Russian and, then, Austrian service. The Congress of Vienna awarded him the title king of the Netherlands (1815), which included Belgium. He was crowned in Brussels, dual capital of the kingdom, on 21 September 1815.
   William ordered construction of the Palais Royal and he was a staunch proponent of industrial development in Belgium. He was instrumental in securing the building of the Brussels-Charleroi Canal. Nevertheless, William alienated his Belgian subjects with his aristocratic, autocratic ruling style, which compounded unpopular policies in linguistic, educational, and civil rights matters. He entered a tension-filled Brussels in early August 1830, just prior to the outbreak of the Belgian Revolution. William refused to recognize the independence of Belgium until 1839. He abdicated in favor of his son William I n 1840.

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  • William I — may refer to:Kings* William I of England (c. 1028–1087) known as William the Conqueror * William I of Sicily (died 1166) * William I of Scotland (died 1214) * William I of the Netherlands (1772–1843) * William I, German Emperor (1797–1888) *… …   Wikipedia

  • William I — →↑William the Conqueror …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • William I — 1. ( the Conqueror ) 1027 87, duke of Normandy 1035 87; king of England 1066 87 (son of Robert I, duke of Normandy). 2. Also, Willem I. (William I of Orange) ( the Silent ) 1533 84, Dutch leader, statesman, and revolutionary leader born in… …   Universalium

  • William I — noun duke of Normandy who led the Norman invasion of England and became the first Norman to be King of England; he defeated Harold II at the battle of Hastings in 1066 and introduced many Norman customs into England (1027 1087) • Syn: ↑William… …   Useful english dictionary

  • William I — (1772–1843)    King of the Netherlands and oldest son of the last stadtholder from the house of Orange Nassau; general in the Prussian Army. In 1802, William obtained control over Fulda and Corvey in Germany as an indemnity for the loss of his… …   Historical Dictionary of the Netherlands

  • William I —    King of Sicily (q.v.) from 1154 1166. In 1156 he defeated the forces that Manuel I Komnenos (q.v.) sent the previous year to reconquer southern Italy (q.v.). The peace settlement of 1158 required Manuel I s recognition of William I as king …   Historical dictionary of Byzantium

  • William I — William the First, king of England from October 14th, 1066, until September 9th, 1087 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • William I — I. biographical name 1533 1584 the Silent prince of Orange & founder of the Dutch Republic II. biographical name 1797 1888 Wilhelm Friedrich Ludwig king of Prussia (1861 88) German emperor (1871 88) …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • WILLIAM I —    emperor of Germany, born at Berlin, second son of Frederick William III. of Prussia, and brother of Frederick William IV., his predecessor on the Prussian throne; was bred from boyhood to military life, having received his first commission at… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • William I — /ˈwɪljəm/ (say wilyuhm) noun (William the Conqueror), Duke of Normandy, 1027–87; king of England 1066–87, first king of England of Norman line …   Australian English dictionary

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