Kerenski, Alexander

BORN 4 May 1881, Simbirsk (now: Ulyanovsk) - DIED 11 Jun 1970, New York City, New York: St. Luke's Hospital
CAUSE OF DEATH arteriosclerotic heart disease
GRAVE LOCATION London: Putney Vale, Stag Lane (Plot AS)

Alexander Kerensky studied law in St. Petersburg. He married Olga Lvovna Baranovskaya (b.1886) in 1904. They had two children, Oleg (1905-1984) and Gleb (1907-1990). In 1905 he joined the Socialist Party. He had a kidney removed by Franz Krogius on 16 March 1916 and during his recuperation he met Elena Birukoff-Baranovsky with whom he started an affair. He attempted to divorce Olga in 1917 and had a daughter by Elena.

In 1917 he became Minister of Justice in the Provisional Goverment of Russia. In April he became Minister of War and in September he became Minister-President and declared Russia a democratic republic. But Kerensky rapidly lost the confidence of both left and right wing parties and during the November Revolution of 1917 he escaped from St. Petersburg dressed as a sailor. In 1918 he left Russia and he lived in England before he settled in Paris. From 1922 to 1932 he published a journal for Russian immigrants. He divorced Olga in 1939 and in the same year he married Nell Tritton (1899-1946), his press secretary and translator. In 1940 he emigrated to the USA. He offered his support to Stalin after Russia was invaded by the Germans in 1941. After Nell fell ill in 1945 he travelled with her to Brisbane and lived with her family until she died on 10 April 1946.

He returned to the USA where he lived at 91st Street near Central Park in New York. He published books about his part in the revolution and taught at Stanford University in California. In 1965 he published his memoirs. After he died in New York in 1970 his body was refused by both Russian and Serbian Orthodox Churches in New York. It was transported to England (where his son Oleg lived) and buried at Putney Vale Cemetery in London. His first wife Olga died in 1975 in Southport.


The grave of Alexander Kerensky at Putney Vale Cemetery, London.
Picture by Androom (12 May 2011)


Alexander Kerensky - Wikipedia

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Published: 28 May 2011
Last update: 08 Mar 2022