Name: Grand Prince Ivan I Danilovitch of MOSCOW
Death: 31 MAR 1340
Ivan I Danilovich Kalita (? - 3.31.1340), Prince of Moscow (since 1325), Grand Prince of Vladimir (since 1328), son of Daniil Aleksandrovich (Prince of Moscow).
After the defection of Tver to Lithuania the Khan of the Golden Horde was forced to rely on Ivan as his preeminent Russian vassal. Ivan was the Mongol's leading tax collector and made himself and Moscow very wealthy by maintaining his loyalty to the Horde (hence, the nickname Kalita, or moneybag). He used this wealth to give loans to neighbouring Russian principalities. These cities gradualy fell deeper and deeper into debt, a condition that would allow Ivan's successors to annex them. Ivan's greatest success, however, was convincing the Khan in Saray that his son should succeed him as Grand Prince of Vladimir, from then on the important position always belonged to the ruling house of Moscow.
Father: Prince Yuri Danilovitch of MOSCOW
- Grand Prince Ivan Ivanovitch II of MOSCOW b: 30 MAR 1326
- Grand Prince Simeon Ivanovitch of MOSCOW b: 1316