Estate manager and brother-in-law of the composer (b. 1837; d. 1896), born Lev Vasilyevich Davydov (Лев Васильевич Давыдов).
Lev was the sixth son of landowner Vasily Lvovich Davydov (1792–1855) and his wife Aleksandra Ivanovna (b. Potapova, 1802–1895). His father was a participant in the unsuccessful "Decembrist uprising" of 1825 which unsuccessfully attempted to overthrow the Russian Emperor Nicholas I.
Lev managed the family's extensive estates at Verbovka and Kamenka (near Kiev). On 6/18 November 1860 he married for the first time to the composer's sister Aleksandra (1842–1891), and they had seven children: Tatyana (1861–1887); Vera (1863–1888); Anna (1864–1942); Natalya (1868–1956); Dmitry (1870–1929); Vladimir (1871–1906); and Yury (1876–1965).
In 1892, the year after Aleksandra's death, Lev married a cousin of his late wife—Yekaterina Nikolayevna Olkhovskaya (1859–1930)—and this union opened a rift with some family members (but not the composer). Lev had a son by his second marriage, also called Lev (b. 1892).
Tchaikovsky's correspondence with Lev Davydov:
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