Today in History - March 10th. 1682 - William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel

William VIII  was born on March 10th. 1682 in Kassel (Germany) as
the 7th. son of Charles I of Hesse-Kassel and Maria Amalia of Courland.

William VIII, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel,
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On September 27th.1717 William married Dorothea Wilhelmine of
Saxe-Zeith. They would have 3 children.

1720 was an important year, then his elder brother Frederick became
King of Sweden.

In 1730 his father died. Since then William VIII was de facto ruler
of Hesse-Kassel although William could officially bear the title landgrave
after the death of his brother on 25th. March 1751.

In the Seven Years' War (1754-1763) Hesse-Kassel became an
important Battle Field when William VIII joined the Prussian and British
Army. Hesse-Kassel was often occupied by the French troops.

During his reign, William VIII gave the order to start building the
Wilhelmsthal Palace. There he collected paintings including works
by Rembrandt.

William VIII died on February 1st. 1760 in Rinteln (Germany).
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