Mikhail Illarionovich Golenishchev-Kutuzov was born on September 16, 1745 in Saint Petersburg, the son of a military engineer.
He fought as a Russian General during Napoleonic wars.
He died of septicemia on April 6, 1813 in Bunzlau, Silesia. He was buried in the Kazan Cathedral, Saint Petersburg, Russia.
In 1945, the Soviet Union Postal Service released a 30 Kopecks stamp bearing the image of Mikhail Illarionovich Golenishchev-Kutuzov , and the Russian Postal Service did so in 1995 with a 300 Rouble stamp .