Jakov Nenadović

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Jakov Nenadović
Jakov Nenadović.jpg
1st Interior Minister of Serbia
In office
1811 – 181X
Monarch Karađorđe
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by Karađorđe
President of the Serbian Sovjet
In office
Preceded by Mladen Milovanović
Succeeded by Karađorđe
Personal details
Born 1765
Brankovina, Ottoman Empire
Died 1836 (aged 71)
Vienna, Austria
Nationality Serbian
Military service
Allegiance Revolutionary Serbia
Years of service 1804–1814
Battles/wars Svileuva

Jakov Nenadović (Serbian Cyrillic: Јаков Ненадовић; 1765–1836) was the first Serbian interior minister. He played an important role as voivode (military commander) in the First Serbian Uprising against the Turks, along with his nephew, Mateja Nenadović. Nenadović was after Karađorđe and Janko Katić, perhaps the most influential figure in Serbia at the time.


Jakov was the younger brother of Aleksa Nenadović (1749–1804), a Serbian nobleman who held a province around Valjevo. He was grandnephew of Grigorije Nenadović, metropolitan of Raška and Valjevo. His brother was executed in the Slaughter of the Dukes in January 31, 1804, which sparked the First Serbian Uprising.

Jakov immediately joined the Serbian rebels, and after the victory in Svileuva (1804) he became one of the most distinguished commanders and persons of western Serbia. He acquired his ammunitions and weapons from Syrmia, then part of Austria. In March 1804, he attacked Šabac. Jakov was one of the founders of the Praviteljstvujušči sovjet serbski (Serbian government), of which Prota Mateja Nenadović, his nephew (the son of Aleksa), was the first Prime Minister.

Coat of Arms on Jakov's Tower.

In 1813, for the purpose of armory, a tower bearing the Nenadović name was built next to a road leading to Šabac, at the edge of Kličevac hill, by Jakov and his son Jevrem. After the failed uprising, Nenadović followed Karadjordje to Bessarabia in 1814, and in 1816 to Imperial Russia in St. Peterburg to confer with Tsar Alexander I of Russia over the state of affairs in the Balkans, then re-occupied by the Ottoman Turks. Later on, he settled in Vienna, where he died in 1836. His granddaughter, Persida Nenadović (the daughter of Jevrem), married Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia, the son of Karadjordje.

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