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Baron de MUNCHHAUSEN
Source : Christoph GRAF von POLIER
Born in Bodenwerder, Electorate of Brunswick-Lüneburg, Münchhausen was page to Anthony Ulrich II of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel, and moved to his employer to the Russian Empire in 1737/38. He followed Anthony Ulrich as a page during the Russo-Turkish War (1735–1739). In 1737 he attended the siege of Turkish Fortress of Ochakiv.
He was named a cornet in the Russian cavalry regiment ”Brunswick-Cuirassiers“ when Anthony Ulrich became Russian generalissimo in 1739. In 1740, he was promoted to lieutenant. He was stationed in Riga, but participated in two campaigns against the Swedes in 1740 and 1741. When Anthony Ulrich was imprisoned in 1741, Münchhausen remained in the service of the Russian military. In 1750, he was named a Rittmeister, a cavalry captain.
In 1744, he married Jacobine von Dunten at Pernigel (Latvian: Liepupe) near Dunteshof (Latvian: Duntes muiža) in Livonia. After his retirement, he lived with his wife at his manor in Bodenwerder until her death in 1790. Here, he acquired a reputation for his witty and exaggerated tales; at the same time, he was considered an honest man in business affairs. Münchhausen remarried in 1794; the marriage ended in a contested, ruinous divorce. Münchhausen died childless in 1797.
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