Alexander Kerensky


Alexander Kerensky : biography

04 May 1881 – 11 June 1970

Life in exile

Kerensky lived in Paris until 1940, engaged in the endless splits and quarrels of the exiled Russian politicians. In 1939, Kerensky married the former Australian journalist Lydia "Nell" Tritton. When Germany occupied France in 1940, they emigrated to the United States. Tritton and Kerensky married at Martins Creek, Pennsylvania.

When his wife became terminally ill in 1945, he travelled with her to Brisbane, Australia, and lived there with her family. She suffered a stroke in February, and he remained there until her death on 10 April 1946. Kerensky returned to the United States, where he spent the rest of his life.

After the German-led invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941, Kerensky offered his support to Joseph Stalin,. By Alexander Kerensky. Life, 14 July 1941, p. 76. but received no reply. Instead, he made broadcasts in Russian in support of the war effort.

Kerensky eventually settled in New York City, but spent much of his time at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in California, where he both used and contributed to the Institution’s huge archive on Russian history, and where he taught graduate courses. He wrote and broadcast extensively on Russian politics and history. His last public speech was delivered at Kalamazoo College, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Kerensky died at his home in New York City in 1970, one of the last surviving major participants in the turbulent events of 1917. The local Russian Orthodox Churches in New York refused to grant Kerensky burial, seeing him as being a freemason and being largely responsible for Russia falling to the Bolsheviks. A Serbian Orthodox Church also refused burial. Therefore, Kerensky’s body was flown to London where he was buried at Putney Vale’s non-denominational cemetery.

Personal life

Kerensky was married to Olga Lvovna Baranovskaya and they had two sons, Oleg and Gleb, who both went on to become engineers. Kerensky and Olga were divorced in 1939 and soon after he married Lydia Ellen (Nelle) Tritton (1899-1946).

File:Alexander Kerensky LOC hec 24462.jpg|Kerensky at the National Press Club in 1938 File:Alexander Kerensky LOC hec 24467.jpg|1938 Image:Kerenskygrave.jpg|Kerensky’s grave in Putney Vale Cemetery in London.


  • The Prelude to Bolshevism (1919). ISBN 0-8383-1422-8.
  • The Catastrophe (1927)
  • The Crucifixion of Liberty (1934)
  • Russia and History’s Turning Point (1965)