Istvan Szechenyi

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Birthday
21, 1791
Birthplace
Austria
Death Date
Apr 8, 1860 (68)
Birth Sign
Virgo
Birthday
21, 1791
Birthplace
Austria
Death Date
Apr 8, 1860 (68)

About

One of the most respected political figures in Hungary's history, the Austrian-born Szechenyi held office as Hungarian Minister of Public Works and Transport and significantly modernized and reformed culture, economics, and politics in Hungary.

Before Fame

He first rose to political prominence in the mid 1820s, when he vocally and financially supported Prime Minister Nagy's proposal to create a Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

Trivia

His published works include Onismeret (Self-Awareness) and Ein Blick (One Look). He wrote the latter historical and philosophical work not long before his depression-driven suicide at age sixty-eight.

Family Life

In his mid forties, he married a countess named Crescence Seilern. The couple had several children, including a son named Bela.

Associated With

He and Hungarian Academy of the Arts founder Imre Makovecz both made important contributions to Hungarian culture.