August 28, 1828 ushered in one of the most famous homeschoolers into the world.
Leo Tolstoy was born in Russia to aristocratic parents, Countess Mariya Volkonskaya and Count Nikolai Ilyich Tolstoy. Leo was homeschooled until he until age 16, when he began studying law and oriental languages at Kazan University.
Two of his most famous books are War and Peace and Anna Karenina.
Leo Tolstoy Cheat Sheet
Born: August 28, 1828
Birth Home: Yasnaya Polyana, 8 miles south west of Tula, Russia.
Siblings: Three older brothers, Nikolai, Sergei and Dmitiri. One younger sister, Marya.
Parental Involvement: His mother died when Leo was 2 and his father died when he was 9. He was raised by relatives after that.
Interesting Fact: Tolstoy once took gymnastics lessons because he wanted to become the strongest man in the world.
Love: Tolstoy married Sophia Behrs who was instrumental in proof-reading his manuscripts
Children: Tolstoy had 13 children
Death: Tolstoy died in 1910 from pneumonia.
Happy Birthday, Leo Tolstoy!
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