Alexander I, Emperor of Russia (1777-1825)
Alexander I, Emperor of Russia from 1801 to 1825 and King of Poland 1815-1825, was born 23 December 1777, the son of Emperor Paul I and Maria Feodorovna. He succeeded his father after Paul's murder in 1801. He died 1 December 1825 and was succeeded by his younger brother Nicholas I.
Alexander was a great benefactor of the Mennonites, confirmed the great charter of privileges of his father Paul I of 6 September 1800, and took a friendly interest in them. To the Molotschna colony he made a gift of six thousand rubles for a church building. Good evidence of his paternal benevolence were his two visits to the Mennonite colonies on 21 May 1818 and in 1825 shortly before his death. His benevolent friendly manner in his dealings with the Russian Mennonites and in his acceptance of their simple hospitality, was remembered in some families. Many Mennonite villages in Russia were named after him or his nephew Alexander II, such as Alexanderkrone, Alexanderfeld, Alexandertal, Alexanderheim.
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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, and Waterloo, Ontario, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 1, p. 44. All rights reserved. For information on ordering the encyclopedia visit the Herald Press website.
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