Sophie Lafont

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Sophie Lafont

Sophie Lafont (Sophie de la Fonte: 1717–1797) was a Russian pedagogue of French descent. She was the principal of the Smolny Institute in Saint Petersburg in 1764–1797. Lafont was the daughter of French Huguenot wine merchant Jean Dubuisson [1] who founded the first hotel in the Russian capital and was a poor widow when she was appointed principal in 1764. She was succeeded by Jelizaveta Palmenbach.

A street in Saint Petersburg, Lafonovskaya, was named after her.

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This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Russian Wikipedia.

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Preceded by
Anna S. Dolgorukaya
Principal of the Smolny Institute
1764-1797
Succeeded by
Jelizaveta Palmenbach