Profile of the Day: Peter III
On February 21, 1728, Peter III was born Karl Peter Ulrich in Kiel, Germany. Although he didn’t speak much Russian, Peter III was named heir presumptive by his aunt Elizabeth, Empress of Russia, who also arranged for Peter to marry his second cousin, Sophie Friederike Auguste, who then took on the name Catherine. In 1762, Peter succeeded to the throne, but proved to be an unpopular ruler. He served a mere 6 months as the Emperor of Russia before his wife succeed in her plot to overthrow his reign. He was later assassinated. Peter’s wife took power as the Empress of Russia, and is remembered in history as Catherine the Great, the most renowned and longest-ruling female leader of Russia.
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