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
SpouseJulianna Festetics
ChildrenGyörgy Mária János
Lajos Mária Alajos Dániel Ignác
Franciska Karolina
Parent(s)Sigismund Széchény, Mary Cziráky

Count Ferenc Széchényi de Sárvár-Felsővidék (28 April 1754[1] 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.[2] The library is today named the National Széchényi Library after him.


Early life[edit]

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[edit]

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.


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