Stanislaw II August Poniatowski

Stanislaw II August Poniatowski

 

Born Jan. 17, 1732, in Wołczyn; died Feb. 12, 1798, in St. Petersburg. Last king of Poland, who reigned from 1764 to 1795.

From 1757 to 1762, Poniatowski served as the envoy of Poland and Saxony to Russia. He was elected king with the support of Catherine II and the Prussian king Frederick II. His policies followed those of Russia. Poniatowski abdicated on Nov. 25, 1795, and spent the last years of his life in St. Petersburg.

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