Boris Grigoryevich Yusupov

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Boris Grigoryevich Yusupov (Russian : Борис Григорьевич Юсупов; 1695-1759) was a Russian nobleman and politician.


From the house of Yusupov, a Russian noble family descended from 10th century khans, he was elected a senator and became governor general of Moscow and St Petersburg. His parents were Grigory Dmitriyevich Yusupov (1676-1730), friend and minister of war to Peter I of Russia, and his wife Anna Nikitchna Akinfova (daughter of an okolnichy, a noble rank below that of boyar). He was the great-great grandfather of prince Felix Yusupov.

Aged 20, Boris was sent to study in the French navy. He became a chamberlain in 1730, governor general of Moscow in 1738 and a senator from 18 June 1695 to 3 March 1759. Under Elizabeth I of Russia he was put in control of the Russian imperial schools and in 1749 made governor of St Petersburg.

Marriage and issue

He married Irina Mikhaïlovna Zinovieva (1718-1788), daughter of Mikhaïl Petrovitch Zinoviev, with whom he had five children:

  • Evdokia (1743-1780)
  • Alexandra (1744-1791), married Ivan Mikhaïlovitch Izmaïlov (1724-1787)
  • Elisaveta (1745-1770), in 1764 married prince Andreï Mikhaïlovitch Golitsyn (1729-1770)
  • Anna (1749-1772), in 1771 married Alexandre Iakovlevitch Protasov (1742-1799)
  • Nikolaï (1751-1831), in 1793 married Tatiana Vassilievna von Engelhart (1769-1841), one of the nieces of prince Grigori Potemkin.

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