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Alix of Hesse 1878. This little girl will one day become the wife of the last Russian Tsar Nicholas II.

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Young Alix of Hesse in 1887 ~

Alix, happy! I've never seen her so happily relaxed before up until this picture of her. It looks like Emperor Nicholas II is behind her, not too sure if that's him though.

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EMPRESS ALEXANDRA OF RUSSIA (1872-1918). Born in Germany as Alex of Hesse. Granddaughter of Queen Victoria, wife of Nicholas II, sister of Grand Duchess Elizabeth. Alexandra, along with her husband and five children, was executed by the Bolsheviks.

Contemporaries describe Alexandra Feodorovna as a very graceful woman. She was fragile, perfectly folded, with a good neck and shoulders. Alexandra Feodorovna wore her hair long, they were golden and thick. Her face was light-pink, like a small child has. Her eyes are large, dark - gray, always lively. Later, sadness and anxiety betrayed eyes of Alix by unexpressed sadness ~

Entering the presidential nomination process as a distinct underdog, Lincoln was eventually chosen as the Republican candidate for the 1860 election for several reasons. His expressed views on slavery were seen as more moderate than those of rivals William H. Seward and Salmon P. Chase. His "Western" origins also appealed to the newer states: other contenders, especially those with more governmental experience, had acquired enemies within the party and were weak in the critical western states.