Ignacy Jakub Massalski
|Prince Bishop of Vilnius|
|Coat of arms||Masalski|
|Father||Michał Józef Massalski|
30 July 1726|
Olekszczyce near Grodno
|Died||28 June 1794
Ignacy became a Catholic priest and was named Bishop of Vilnius by Pope Clement XIII on 29 March 1762. He was one of the initiators of the Commission for National Education. During his time on the Commission, Massalski set up 300 parish schools.
He was a supporter of the Targowica Confederation and an opponent of the Kościuszko Uprising. As bishop, Massalski was opposed to the kidnapping and forcible conversion of Jewish children. He published a pastoral letter in 1783 condemning such practices.
Massalski commissioned the reconstruction of the Vilnius Cathedral by Laurynas Gucevičius, which brought it to its present appearance. He became the owner of the Verkiai Palace in 1780 and organized its major reconstruction in the Neoclassical style, also by Gucevičius.
- Hierarchia Catholica medii et recentioris aevi, v. VI, Patavii 1958, p. 442 (Latin)
- Daniel Stone (2001). The Polish-Lithuanian State, 1386-1795. University of Washington Press. p. 314. ISBN 978-0-295-98093-5. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- Jerzy Lukowski (5 August 2010). Disorderly Liberty: The Political Culture of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in the Eighteenth Century. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 168. ISBN 978-1-4411-4812-4. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
- Norman Davies (30 March 2005). God's Playground: The origins to 1795. Columbia University Press. p. 397. ISBN 978-0-231-12817-9. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
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- Saulius Sužiedėlis (7 February 2011). Historical Dictionary of Lithuania. Scarecrow Press. p. 185. ISBN 978-0-8108-4914-3. Retrieved 22 July 2012.
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