ALEXANDER I (ALEXANDER PAVLOVICH)
Eldest son of Emperor Paul I, Alexander was born
in St. Petersburg on December 12, 1777. From childhood, he was greatly influenced
by Catherine the Great, who brought him up and
considered him her successor.
EMPEROR OF ALL RUSSIA 1801-1825
He came to the throne after the murder of his father, Paul I, on March 12,
1801, and was crowned in the Dormition Cathedral of the
Moscow Kremlin on September 15. The young Emperor was extremely popular among
all levels of society. The first half of his reign was marked by a liberal
internal policy: His various reforms included a restructuring of the country and
an attempt to codify Russian legislation. Later, however, he reversed many of
Alexander died on November 19, 1825, in Taganrog and was buried in the
Cathedral of the St. Peter and St. Paul Fortress in St. Petersburg. There is a
story that he secretly abdicated and lived as a monk.
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