Lajos Széchényi

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Ludwig Graf Széchényi von Sárvár und Felsövidék
Austro-Hungarian Minister to Bulgaria
In office
19 November 1916 – 24 January 1917
Preceded byAdam Graf Tarnowski von Tarnów
Succeeded byOtto Graf Czernin von und zu Chudenitz
Austro-Hungarian Minister to the Netherlands
In office
24 January 1917 – 11 November 1918
Preceded byKarl Freiherr von Giskra
Succeeded byNone
Personal details
Born(1868-03-28)28 March 1868
Gyönk, Austria-Hungary (now Hungary)
Died14 April 1919(1919-04-14) (aged 51)
Kaltenleutgeben, Austria

Count Lajos Széchényi de Sárvár-Felsővidék (German: Ludwig Graf Széchényi von Sárvár und Felsövidék; 28 March 1868 – 14 April 1919) was a Hungarian diplomat of Austria-Hungary serving as envoy to Bulgaria and the Netherlands during World War I.


Born in Gyönk on 28 March 1868 into a prominent Hungarian noble family. His older brother Bertalan (1866–1943) was a politician who served in the Hungarian House of Magnates and his uncle Imre (1825–1898) served as Ambassador to Germany from 1878 to 1892.[1]

Count Széchényi entered the Austro-Hungarian foreign service in 1892 and served subsequently in Brussels, Washington D.C., Rome, St. Petersburg and London.

In 1909, Count Széchényi was selected to lead the diplomatic agency in Cairo with the title of Consul-General and remained in charge until the outbreak of war in 1914 when it was dissolved. During World War I, he entered military service and served in Serbia.[2]

In November 1916, Count Széchényi was appointed Minister of the Dual Monarchy at Sofia to succeed Count Tarnowski who had been appointed Ambassador to the United States. However, he was transferred to The Hague already in January the following year to make place in Sofia for Count Otto von Czernin, the younger brother of the Imperial Foreign Minister Count Ottokar von Czernin, and remained there until the end of the war, being accredited also to Luxembourg.

After having lost much of his estates after the war, Count Széchényi died at Kaltenleutgeben on 14 April 1919 at the early age of 51.


Regarding personal names: Until 1919, Graf was a title, translated as Count, not a first or middle name. The female form is Gräfin. In Germany since 1919, it forms part of family names.


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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Adam Graf Tarnówski von Tarnów
Austro-Hungarian Minister to Bulgaria
Succeeded by
Otto Graf Czernin von und zu Chudenitz
Preceded by
Karl Freiherr von Giskra
Austro-Hungarian Minister to the Netherlands
Succeeded by