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Alexander I (1777-1825)

Tzar of Russia

Arms of Alexander I (1777-1825)

Alexander Pavlovich Romanov was born in St. Petersburg on December 12, 1777, the son of Grand Duke Paul Petrovich, later Emperor Paul I, and Sophia Dorothea of Wurttemberg.

In 1793 he married Louise Augusta of Baden, a.k.a. Elisabeth Alexeievna, with whom he had two daughters, who died young.

He succeeded to the throne of Russia after the murder of his father on March 23rd, 1801. He later became King of Poland in 1815.

He officially died of malaria on December 1st, 1825 in Taganrog, Russia. His younger brother Nicolas succeeded him.

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There is a story that Alexander I secretly abdicated and retired to spend the rest of his life as a monk.

Main portrait

"Tsar Alexander I". Russian painting, XIXth century.

Other portraits

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"Portrait of Tsar Alexander I" by François Pascal Simon Gérard (Rome 1770 - Paris 1837).
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"Tsar Alexander I" by Stepan Semenovich Shchukin (1758 or 1762 - 1828).
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"Tsar Alexander I (detail)" by George Dawe (St James's, Westminster 1781 - Kentish Town 1829).
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"Tsar Alexander I". Drawed in 1818 by Thomas Lawrence (Bristol 1769 - London 1830).
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