Franciszek Maksymilian Ossoliński
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|Franciszek Maksymilian Ossoliński|
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|Born||April 2, 1676|
|Died||July 1, 1756 (aged 80)|
Son of Łowczy and Chorąży Maksymilian Ossoliński and Teodora Krassowska. He was married in 1706 to Katarzyna Miączyńska and in 1732, in Lwów, married Katarzyna Jabłonowska, the daughter of Grand Chancellor Stanisław Jan Jabłonowski.
His political and military career began at the end of the 17th century under patronage of Stanisław Antoni Szczuka. He was private secretary to Augustus II and one of his closest co-workers. He was a strong supporter of giving more power to the King. His policy as Grand Treasurer, induced an increase in income from customs duties.
He was a frequent deputy to the Sejm from 1718. As Sejm Marshal of the ordinary Sejm in Warsaw, May 5 November 16, 1722, he warned that broken sessions of the Sejm, could lead to the downfall and the end of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth.
His later years were spent in support of various cultural and social activities and he began to collect art. His famous library which he founded in Lwów, the so-called Ossolineum, initiated the beginning of the Ossoliński Institute.
- Knight of the Order of the White Eagle, awarded in 1709
- Knight of the Order of the Holy Spirit, awarded in 1737
- Knight of the Order of Saint Michael, awarded in 1737