The Széchényi family was among the wealthiest in Hungary and held vast estates.
Count Ferenc Széchényi, founder of many important Hungarian cultural institutions, was born on this day in 1754. Among other things, he founded the national library of Hungary, which today bears his name, and the Hungarian National Museum.
Count Széchényi was born in Fertőszéplak near the current Austro-Hungarian border. His family, the Széchényis, was among the wealthiest in Hungary and held vast estates. Ferenc was the father of István Széchenyi, an important Hungarian statesman of the 19th century. In Hungary, István is often called The Greatest Hungarian (Hungarian: A legnagyobb magyar) due to his major role in the national movement. Ferenc Széchényi lived to the age of 66, dying in Vienna in 1820.