August Alexander Järnefelt

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Alexander Järnefelt.

August Alexander Järnefelt (born April 2, 1833 in Tohmajärvi , † April 15, 1896 in Helsinki ) was a Finnish general, topographer and governor.


Alexander Järnefelt was in the service of the Russian tsar. After training with the astronomer Wilhelm Struve at the Pulkowo Observatory near Saint Petersburg and was appointed head of the Finnish section of the topographical office of the Russian Army in Helsinki in 1870. He later embarked on an administrative career and was successively governor of the provinces of Mikkeli (1883-84), Kuopio (1884-88) and Vasa (1888-94). In 1894 he was given a position with the rank of lieutenant general corresponding to a defense minister of Finland.

In 1858 Järnefelt married Elisabeth Clodt von Jürgensburg , born in Saint Petersburg , a member of the Baltic noble family Clodt von Jürgensburg , niece of the sculptor Peter Clodt von Jürgensburg and sister of the painter Michail Clodt von Jürgensburg . Several of her children later belonged to Finland's intellectual elite, such as the translator and literary critic Kasper Järnefelt , the writer Arvid Järnefelt , the painter Eero Järnefelt and the composer Armas Järnefelt . Their daughter Aino became the wife of the Finnish national composer Jean Sibelius .


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