Karl Mekk

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Mekk, Karl Fedorovich


(also K. von Meek). Born July 22 (Aug. 3), 1821; died Jan. 26 (Feb. 7), 1876, in Moscow. Russian railroad engineer. Born into a noble family from Livonia.

In the early 1860’s, Mekk took part in the construction of the Moscow-Riazan’ and Riazan’-Kozlov railroads. Later he became a concessionaire of the Kursk-Kiev and Libava-Romny railroads. Having amassed a fortune worth millions, he acquired major landholdings.

Nadezhda Filaretovna Mekk. Born Jan. 29 (Feb. 10), 1831; died Jan. 14 (26), 1894. Wife of K. F. Mekk and well-known patron of the arts; benefactor of P. I. Tchaikovsky.


Tchaikovsky, P. I. Perepiska s N. F. fon-Mekk, vols. 1–3. [Moscow-Leningrad] 1934–36.
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