William the Silent

1533 - 1584

William the Silent

William the Silent (24 April 1533 – 10 July 1584), also known as William the Taciturn (translated from Dutch: Willem de Zwijger), or William of Orange (Dutch: Willem van Oranje), was the main leader of the Dutch Revolt against the Spanish Habsburgs that set off the Eighty Years' War (1568–1648) and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces in 1581. Born into the House of Nassau, he became Prince of Orange in 1544 and is thereby the founder of the Orange-Nassau branch and the ancestor of the monarchy of the Netherlands. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William the Silent has received more than 1,381,432 page views. His biography is available in 61 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 208th most popular politician.

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Among politicians, William the Silent ranks 206 out of 14,801Before him are Harald Fairhair, Anwar Sadat, Slobodan Milošević, Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, Klemens von Metternich, and Louis XII of France. After him are Heraclius, Lee Kuan Yew, Charles the Bald, Pargalı Ibrahim Pasha, Mars, and George W. Bush.

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Among people born in 1533, William the Silent ranks 3Before him are Elizabeth I of England and Michel de Montaigne. After him are Stephen Báthory, Eric XIV of Sweden, Giacomo della Porta, Andrea Gabrieli, Ismail II, Catherine of Austria, Queen of Poland, Hieronymus Fabricius, Claudio Merulo, and Alfonso II d'Este, Duke of Ferrara. Among people deceased in 1584, William the Silent ranks 2Before him is Ivan the Terrible. After him are Charles Borromeo, Francis, Duke of Anjou, Yi I, Bernal Díaz del Castillo, Balthasar Gérard, Jan Kochanowski, and Marcantonio Colonna.

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In Germany

Among people born in Germany, William the Silent ranks 62 out of 3,763Before him are Heinrich Hertz (1857), Konrad Adenauer (1876), Charles Bukowski (1920), Frederick the Great (1712), Robert Koch (1843), and Klemens von Metternich (1773). After him are Ludwig Feuerbach (1804), Charles the Bald (823), Erich Fromm (1900), Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762), William I, German Emperor (1797), and Erich Maria Remarque (1898).

Among POLITICIANS In Germany

Among politicians born in Germany, William the Silent ranks 14Before him are Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor (912), Joseph Goebbels (1897), Reinhard Heydrich (1904), Konrad Adenauer (1876), Frederick the Great (1712), and Klemens von Metternich (1773). After him are Charles the Bald (823), William I, German Emperor (1797), Clara Zetkin (1857), Martin Bormann (1900), Joachim von Ribbentrop (1893), and Willy Brandt (1913).

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