Széchenyi István was born in a high-class family in 1791.
His father Széchényi Ferenc was famous for building the National Museum
and the National Library. Széchenyi was very eager to learn
and he travelled to places such as England and Turkey. In England, he saw a country that Hungary was trying to aim for. England
was the perfect industrial and agricultural country. But when we visited Turkey he saw a country that Hungary can sink down
to if they don't start modernizing the country. In the parliament of 1825, Széchenyi stood up...and offered his one year income to the Hungarian Academy. In 1830,
he wrote a book called Loans. (Originaly called Hitel) In this book he wrote his opinion about the loans. Széchenyi thought that the landlord needed to have loans so he can
buy equipment for the serf, and to pay for his work. He also thought that the serf slave work should be abolished. In
order to abolish slave work, Loans would be nessesary to pay for the serfs work. And finally, the conclusion is that the nobles
have pay taxes. These were his plans...He also made it possible to go in the Danube and Tisza by boat because she
adjusted the sides of big turns. Széchenyi was the first one to
cross the "Vaskapu" in the Danube. Then he started a steamboat company in the Tisza & Danube. The first steamboat was
called Franky the I. (I Ferenc) This showed that he was still loyal to the Habsburgs. Széchenyi István then died in 1860.