Nikolai Novosiltsev

Novosil’tsev, Nikolai Nikolaevich

 

Born 1768; died Apr. 8 (20), 1838, in St. Petersburg. Russian statesman. President of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences from 1803 to 1810; granted title of count in 1833.

Enrolled in the Corps of Pages as a child, Novosil’tsev served in the military from 1783 to 1796. He enjoyed the special trust of Alexander I, and he was a member of the Unofficial Committee (an advisory group). From the end of 1804 until 1809 he was on a number of diplomatic assignments in Western Europe.

In 1813, Novosil’tsev became vice-president of the provisional council established to administer the Duchy of Warsaw. When the duchy was renamed the Kingdom of Poland, he became chief delegate to the Sejm; he treated the Poles with severity. In 1832 he became chairman of the Council of State and the Cabinet of Ministers.

REFERENCE

Shil’der, N. K. Imperator Aleksandr Pervyi, vols. 1–4, 2nd ed. St. Petersburg, 1904–05.
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