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Gen Michael Mikhailovich Speransky “Prince” Cantacuzene

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Gen Michael Mikhailovich Speransky “Prince” Cantacuzene

  • Birth 29 Apr 1875 Russia
  • Death 25 Mar 1955 Sarasota, Sarasota County, Florida, USA
  • Burial Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida, USA
  • Memorial ID 99863358

Mikhail (Michael) Mikhailovich Cantacuzène, Prince Cantacuzène, Count Speransky, was a Russian Major General.

He was born at his family's estate which was known as Bouromka, Poltava (then, the Russian Empire).

Mikhail is the great-grandson of Count Mikhail Speransky, the Russian statesman under Alexander I of Russia. The title of Count was confirmed in 1872.

In 1893, Prince Mikhail was attached to the Russian embassy in Rome. In that context, he met Julia Dent Grant, 1st born grandchild of US President Ulysses Simpson Grant, while she was traveling in Europe with her aunt, Bertha Palmer (née Honoré.) They were traveling in Europe to promote the "World's Columbian Exposition". The couple married in the home of her aunt Bertha Palmer in Newport, Rhode Island, on 22 September 1899. Miss Grant assumed her husband's titles and was styled Julia Dent Cantacuzène Spiransky-Grant.
They eventually divorced on October 27th 1934.

Prince Cantacuzène remained in Sarasota, Florida. His former wife's cousins (sons of Bertha Palmer), Honore and Potter Jr., expanded their agricultural and business enterprises, and brought Michael Cantacuzene into the Palmer corporate structure. He managed the 1,200-acre Hyde Park citrus groves, helped organize the Palmer Bank and became the Vice President in 1929.

He later married Jeannette Draper of Sarasota, who survived him.

Jeannette and Mikhail are buried next to each other.



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  • Created by: R.C.
  • Added: 30 Oct 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 99863358
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Gen Michael Mikhailovich Speransky “Prince” Cantacuzene (29 Apr 1875–25 Mar 1955), Find A Grave Memorial no. 99863358, citing Manasota Memorial Park, Bradenton, Manatee County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by R.C. (contributor 47303570) .