Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia

For the Yugoslav king, see Alexander I of Yugoslavia.
Alexander Karađorđević
Александар Карађорђевић
Prince of Serbia
Reign 14 September 1842 – 23 December 1858
Predecessor Mihailo III (Obrenović)
Successor Miloš I (Obrenović)
Born (1806-10-11)11 October 1806
Died 3 May 1885(1885-05-03) (aged 78)
Burial St. George′s Church
Consort Persida Nenadović
Issue Petar I
House Karađorđević
Father Karađorđe
Mother Jelena Jovanović
Styles of
Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia
Reference style His Serene Highness
Spoken style Your Serene Highness
Alternative style Sir

Aleksandar Karađorđević (Cyrillic: Александар Карађорђевић; 11 October 1806 – 3 May 1885) was the prince of Serbia between 1842 and 1858. He was a member of the House of Karađorđević.

Early life

The youngest son of Karađorđe Petrović and Jelena Jovanović was born in Topola on 11 October 1806. He was educated in Khotin, Bessarabia (Russia), under the patronage of the Russian Tsar.

In 1830 he married Persida Nenadović (15 February 1813 – 29 March 1873), daughter of Voivode Jevrem Nenadović (1793–1867) and Jovanka Milovanović (1792–1880). They had ten children:

After the Sultan’s decree acknowledging the title of Prince Mihailo Obrenovic at the end of 1839, the family returned to Serbia. Alexander joined the Headquarters of the Serbian Army, and was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and appointed as adjutant to Prince Mihailo.

Prince of Serbia

After the political conflicts caused by disrespect of the so-called "Turkish constitution," and Miloš Obrenović's and then Mihailo Obrenović's abdications, Aleksandar Karađorđević was elected the Prince of Serbia at the National Assembly in Vračar, a municipality in modern Belgrade, on 14 September 1842. Having had his title acknowledged by Russia and Turkey, Prince Aleksandar started the reforms and founded a number of new institutions in order to improve the progress of the Serbian state. He implemented the code of civil rights, introduced the regular Army, built a cannon foundry, improved the existing schools and founded new ones, as well as established National Library and National Museum.

During the Hungarian Revolution in Vojvodina, in 1848, Prince Aleksandar Karađorđević sent Serbian volunteers under the command of Stevan Knićanin to help the Serbs’ struggle for autonomy. As a follow-up of the national-political movements of 1848, the pan-slavistic idea of a Yugoslav Monarchy emerged. The "Načertanije" (the "Draft") document, written as a Serbian political program by Ilija Garašanin four years earlier, made the mission of replacing the Austrian and Turkish domination of all Southern Slavs with the Serbian rule under the banner of "Serbia."

Throughout his reign Prince Alexander was troubled with Obrenović plots. By his refusal to take part in the Crimean War as allies of French Empire, British and the Ottoman Empire against Russian Empire. The result was his overthrow and departure into exile in 1858 by the winners of the Powers in the war and bringing the rival Obrenovic dynasty to the throne of the Principality of Serbia.


In internal policy Prince Aleksandar came into conflict with the members of the Council, which culminated in the convocation of the National Assembly on St. Andrew’s Day, in December 1858, which forced him to abdicate.

Prince Alexander died in Timişoara on 3 May 1885. He was buried in Vienna, and his earthly remains were moved in 1912 to the Memorial Church of St. George built by his son Petar I Karađorđević, in Oplenac, Serbia.

Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia
Born: 11 October 1806 Died: 3 May 1885
Regnal titles
Preceded by
Mihailo Obrenović III
Prince of Serbia
Succeeded by
Miloš Obrenović I
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