Ferenc Széchényi

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Ferenc Széchényi
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Personal details
Born(1754-04-28)28 April 1754
Fertőszéplak, Kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empire
Died13 December 1820(1820-12-13) (aged 66)
Vienna, Austrian Empire
Spouse(s)Julianna Festetics
ChildrenGyörgy Mária János
Lajos Mária Alajos Dániel Ignác
Franciska Karolina
Parent(s)Sigismund Széchény, Mary Cziráky

Count Ferenc Széchényi (28 April 1754[1] in Fertőszéplak – 13 December 1820 in Vienna) was the founder of the Hungarian National Library and National Museum in Budapest.[2] The library is named after him the National Széchényi Library.

Early life[edit]

He was born as the younger son of Count Zsigmond Széchényi (1720-1769) and his wife Countess Maria Cziráky de Czirák et Dénesfalva (1724-1787). He had one elder brother and three sisters who all intermarried with prominent Austro-Hungarian noble families.

Marriage and issue[edit]

On 17.8.1777 in Kópháza Count Ferenc married Countess Julia Festeics de Tolna (1753-1824). He was the father of six children and Count István Széchenyi was one of them.


  1. ^ Kenyeres, Ágnes (ed.). Magyar életrajzi lexikon.
  2. ^ "Hungarian National Museum". Hungarian National Museum. Retrieved 2010-01-21.