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March 16, 2017

Alexander Kerensky

During the Russian Provisional Government in 1917 after the ouster of the Tsar, the official title of the prime minister was "Minister-Chairman of the Russian Provisional Government". Alexander Kerensky was one of two people who held this post. The position lasted about six months, until the October Revolution led by Lenin. Kerensky’s downfall was his continued support of the war and Russia’s involvement in which millions of Russians had been killed. He believed Russia had sacrificed too much to withdraw. Lenin’s party and most of the people didn’t agree and felt Russia needed to stop the warfare. Kerensky was deposed and he was fortunate to flee the country. He went on to live most of his life in Paris and New York City. He often lectured on Russian history and politics. His last public speech was at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He died in 1970.