Józef Wybicki

Józef Wybicki

  • Born
    1747
  • Died
    1822
  • Birthplace
    Poland
Józef Rufin Wybicki was a Polish jurist, poet, political and military activist. He is best remembered as the author of Mazurek Dąbrowskiego (Dąbrowski's Mazurka), which in 1927 was adopted as the Polish national anthem. Wybicki was born in Będomin, in the region of Pomerania in the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. His family was Pomeranian nobility. He finished a Jesuit school, and in his youth was a junior court official. Wybicki was elected a deputy to the Repnin Sejm, the session of Polish parliament in 1767, on the eve of the First Partition of Poland. Subsequently he joined the insurgency known as the Confederation of Bar (1768–1772), aimed at opposing the Russian influence and king Stanisław August Poniatowski. He was one of the advisors (konsyliarz) of the Confederacy, acting as a diplomat. After the failure of the uprising, he spent some time in the Netherlands, studying law at Leiden University.

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