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Jerzy Józef Henryk Potocki
Jerzy Antoni Potocki 1939.jpg
Potocki leaving the White House after thanking Pres. Roosevelt for assistance the U.S. gave to Poland, 16 November 1939
Coat of armsPiława
Born(1889-01-29)29 January 1889
Vienna, Austria-Hungary
Died20 September 1961(1961-09-20) (aged 72)
Geneva, Switzerland
FatherCount Roman Potocki
MotherPrincess Elżbieta Matylda Radziwiłł

Count Jerzy Józef Henryk Potocki (29 January 1889 – 10 September 1961)[1] was a Polish nobleman, captain of the cavalry and diplomat. (Note that the Almanach błękitny gives his name as Jerzy Antoni Potocki)[2]

Early life

His parents were Roman Potocki, Third Ordynat of Łańcut, and Elżbieta Matylda Radziwiłł. His elder brother was Count Alfred Antoni Potocki.

His paternal grandparents were Count Alfred Józef Potocki, the Minister-President of Austria, and Princess Maria Klementyna Sanguszko.[3][4] He was also a great-great-grandson of Jan Potocki. His maternal grandparents were Prince Antoni Wilhelm Radziwiłł and Marie de Castellane (the daughter of French aristocrats Henri de Castellane and Pauline de Talleyrand-Périgord).[5] His paternal uncle, Count Józef Mikołaj Potocki, married his maternal aunt, Princess Helena Augusta Radziwiłł.[4]


On 8 January 1919 he joined the Polish Army after the dissolution of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and Army, was assigned to the General Staff and appointed military attaché in Budapest.[3]

Since 1933 in the diplomatic service, he was appointed ambassador to Italy but refused to take the commission in protest against the Four-Power Pact. From 1933 to 1936 he was ambassador in Ankara and from 1936 to 1940 in Washington.[6]

Personal life

On 28 June 1931, he married Peruvian born Susanita Yturregui (b. 1899) in Paris. Together, they were the parents of:[3]

  • Count Stanisław Potocki (b. 1932)[3]

Count Potocki died on 10 September 1961 in Geneva, Switzerland.


  1. ^ "Jerzy Józef Henryk Potocki z Podhajec h. Pilawa (Srebrna)".
  2. ^ . p. 742 ((cite book)): Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ a b c d Wasylewski, Stanisław (1959). Czterdzieści lat powodzenia: przebieg mojego życia (in Polish). Zakład Narodowy im. Ossolińskich. p. 455. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  4. ^ a b Potocka, Maria Małgorzata z Radziwiłłów Franciszkowa (1983). Z moich wspomnień: pamiętnik (in Polish). Katolicki Ośrodek Wydawniczy Veritas. pp. 379, 482–483. Retrieved 9 March 2022.
  5. ^ "PRINCESS RADZIWILL DIES IN GERMANY; Widow of Prince Anton Succumbs at Her Kleinitz Palace at 75 Years, ONCE LEADER IN SOCIETY Her Grandson Married Dorothy Deacon -- Visited on Birthdays by Emperor William". The New York Times. 13 July 1915. Retrieved 7 March 2022.
  6. ^ "POLISH AMBASSADOR TO WASHINGTON QUITS; Count Potocki Resigns After 4 Years--Gives No Reason". The New York Times. 12 November 1940. Retrieved 9 March 2022.

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