Julia Dent Grant

Biography of Julia Dent Grant

Julia Dent Grant Cantacuzène Spiransky, Princess Cantacuzène, Countess Spiransky, (6 June 1876 - 4 October 1975) was an American author and the first born grandchild of Ulysses S. Grant and Julia Grant, born in the White House during her grandfather's presidency. She was the daughter of Frederick Dent Grant, (oldest son of Ulysses S. Grant) and Frederick's wife Ida Marie Honoré. Princess Cantacuzène was the author of three first-person accounts of the events leading up to the Russian Revolution of 1917, as well as a personal historian of the Russian people during that time. As the wife of Russian diplomat Prince Mikhail Mikhailovich Cantacuzène, who was also Chief of Staff to Nicholas II, the last Tsar of Russia, Princess Cantacuzène was in a primary position to observe both the Imperial and Bolshevik positions during the Revolution. The title of Countess Spiransky has been alternatively spelled "Speransky" and "Speranski."

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