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Galitzin, a Russian family of much note, the chief members of which have been: - (1) Vasili (b. 1643), who was the regent during Peter the Great's minority, and who did much to introduce Western influence into Russia. His desire to marry Sophia brought about his downfall. (2) Dimitri (1735-1803), who was ambassador to Holland, and was a friend of Voltaire. (3) Dimitri, son of the above (1770-1840), became a Catholic, and was ordained a priest, being known as "Father Smith." He was vicar-general of Philadelphia, and founded the town of Loretto in the Alleghanies. His inheritance was forfeited, owing to his refusal to return to Russia.