Levshin, Aleksei

Levshin, Aleksei [Левшин, Алексей; Levšin, Aleksej], b 1799, d 28 September 1879 in Kursk gubernia. Russian civic and political leader. A graduate of Kharkiv University (1818), in 1831–7 he was mayor of Odesa, where he founded a public library and published Odesskii vestnik. In 1856–9 he was undersecretary to the imperial minister of internal affairs, and in 1857, as a supporter of the abolition of serfdom, he prepared a project for land reforms. His memoirs, Dostopamiatnye minuty v moei zhizni (Unforgettable Minutes in My Life), were published in Russkii arkhiv (1885, no. 8).

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 3 (1993).]

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