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William I

(1533–84). “The Silent” because, though eloquent, he learned to hold his tongue; 1st stadholder of Holland 1579–84 (made hereditary 1581); b. Dillenburg, Hesse, Germany, of Luth. parents; succeeded to principality of Orange 1544; Charles* V required 1544 that he be educ. RC in the Neth.; count of Nassau 1559; led revolt against Sp. 1568–76; Calvinist 1573. The 7 N provinces of the Neth. concluded the Union of Utrecht 1579, followed 1581 by proclamation of indep. from Spain. William I was assassinated.

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