Count Alexander R. Vorontsov.
Count Alexander Romanovich Vorontsov (
Russian: Алекса́ндр Рома́нович Воронцо́в) (4 February 1741 – 2 December 1805) was the
Chancellor of the Russian Empire during the early years of
Alexander I's reign.
He began his career at the age of fifteen in the
Izmailovsky regiment of the Guards. In 1759, his uncle, the grand chancellor
Mikhail Illarionovich Vorontsov, sent him to
Madrid to train him in
Peter III, who was in love with his sister Elizabeth, he represented Russia for a short time at the
court of St James's.
Catherine II created him a
senator and president of the Board of Trade; but she never liked him, and ultimately (1791) compelled him to retire from public life.
In 1802, Alexander I summoned him back to office and appointed him imperial chancellor. This was the period of the triumph of the Vorontsovs, who had always insisted on the necessity of a close union with
 in opposition to
Nikita Panin and his followers, who had leaned on
Prussia till the outbreak of the
French Revolution made friendship with France impossible.
Vorontsov was also an implacable opponent of
Napoleon Bonaparte, whose "topsy-turvyness" he was never weary of denouncing. The rupture with Napoleon in 1803 is mainly attributable to him. He also took a leading part in the internal administration and was in favour of a thorough reform of the
Governing Senate and the ministries. He retired in 1804. A lifelong bachelor, he possessed an extraordinary memory and a firm and wide grasp of history.
 His Memoirs of My Own Times is printed in vol. VII of the Vorontsov Archives.