Worcell, Stanislaw Gabriel

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Worcell, Stanisław Gabriel


Born Mar. 26, 1799, in the village of Stepania in Volyn’; died Feb. 3, 1857, in London. Polish revolutionary democrat and Utopian socialist.

Worcell participated in the Polish Uprising of 1830-31. After the suppression of the uprising he emigrated to Great Britain. Worcell was an ideologist of the left wing of the emigration. In 1835 he was a cofounder of Lud Polski, the first Polish revolutionary democratic society. Together with J. Lelewel he took part in founding the organization Zjednoczenie (Unification), which became part of the Polish Democratic Society after the Krakow Uprising of 1846. In 1847 he was elected to the society’s directing body, the Centralizacja. Among Worcell’s friends were G. Mazzini and A. I. Herzen; he helped the latter to establish the first Russian underground printing press.


Herzen, A. I. Byloe i dumy. Leningrad, 1947.
Limanowski, B. Stanisfaw Worcell: Zyciorys, 2nd ed. Warsaw, 1948.
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