Istvan Szechenyi

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Date of Birth September 21, 1791
Place of Birth Austria
Date of Death Apr 8, 1860 (68)
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István Széchenyi

Count István Széchenyi de Sárvár-Felsővidék was a Hungarian politician, political theorist, and writer. Widely considered one of the greatest statesmen in his nation's history, within Hungary he is still known to many as "the Greatest Hungarian".

Born: September 21, 1791, Vienna, Archduchy of Austria
Died: April 08, 1860, Oberdöbling, Austrian Empire
Spouse(s): Crescence Seilern
Children: Béla, Ödön, Júlia
Parents: Ferenc Széchényi, Julianna Festetics
Profession: politician
Preceded by: office created
Succeeded by: László Csány

About Istvan Szechenyi

One of the most respected political figures in Hungary's history, the Austrian-born Szechenyi held office as Hungarian Minister of Public Works and Transport and significantly modernized and reformed culture, economics, and politics in Hungary.

Istvan Szechenyi Before Fame

He first rose to political prominence in the mid 1820s, when he vocally and financially supported Prime Minister Nagy's proposal to create a Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Achievement of Istvan Szechenyi

His published works include Onismeret (Self-Awareness) and Ein Blick (One Look). He wrote the latter historical and philosophical work not long before his depression-driven suicide at age sixty-eight.

Istvan Szechenyi Family Life

In his mid forties, he married a countess named Crescence Seilern. The couple had several children, including a son named Bela.

Associations of Istvan Szechenyi

He and Hungarian Academy of the Arts founder Imre Makovecz both made important contributions to Hungarian culture.

Information related to István Széchenyi

  • Austrian Empire military personnel of the French Revolutionary Wars
  • Public Works and Transport ministers of Hungary
  • Hungarian politicians who committed suicide
  • Széchenyi family
  • Politicians from Vienna
  • 19th-century Hungarian people
  • Hungarian writers
  • Hungarian nobility
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