|Born||28 April 1754|
Fertőszéplak, Kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empire
|Died||13 December 1820 (aged 66)|
Vienna, Austrian Empire
|Children||György Mária János |
Lajos Mária Alajos Dániel Ignác
|Parent(s)||Sigismund Széchény, Mary Cziráky|
Count Ferenc Széchényi de Sárvár-Felsővidék (28 April 1754 in Fertőszéplak – 13 December 1820 in Vienna) was a Hungarian nobleman and statesman, known for founding the Hungarian National Library and the National Museum in Budapest. The library is today named the National Széchényi Library after him.
He was born on 28 April 1754 as the sixth child of Count Zsigmond Széchényi (1720–1769), a captain of the hussars and Imperial and Royal Chamberlain and his wife Countess Mária Cziráky of Cirák and Dénesfalva (1724–1787). His godparents were Doctor Ádám Groff and his wife Katalin Khellesz. He had an older brother and three sisters who all married into prominent Austro-Hungarian noble families.
Marriage and issue
On 17.8.1777 in Kópháza Count Ferenc married Countess Julia Festetics de Tolna (1753-1824). He was the father of six children and Count István Széchenyi was one of them.
- ^ Kenyeres, Ágnes (ed.). Magyar életrajzi lexikon.
- ^ "Hungarian National Museum". Hungarian National Museum. Retrieved 2010-01-21.