Wilhelm, Duke of Oldenburg
Peter Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Oldenburg, (3 January 1754, Eutin Castle
Eutin Castle
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, Eutin
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 – 2 July 1823, Schloss Plön, Plön
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.) Wilhelm succeeded his father, Frederick Augustus I, Duke of Oldenburg
Frederick August I, Duke of Oldenburg
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 as the Duke of Oldenburg in 1785. Wilhelm's mother was Princess Ulrike Friederike Wilhelmine of Hesse-Kassel
Princess Ulrike Friederike Wilhelmine of Hesse-Kassel
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The title became a Grand Duke
Grand duchy
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 in 1815, but Wilhelm never used the elevated style. It was not used until 1829 by the son of Wilhelm's cousin and successor, Peter I. http://www.btinternet.com/~allan_raymond/Oldenburg_Royal_Family.htm
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