• Fejes, János
  • Known name forms: Fejes, János; Feješ, Ján
  • Born: 1764, died: 1826
  • Born in the Zips in today Slovakia in a landowner, noble family he studied in Késmárk (Kežmarok), Pozsony, and law in Wien, earning the acknowledgment of Sonnenfels. Back in his country he joined the local administration but resigned in 1795, and passed a year at the University of Göttingen, studying with Schlözer. Later, he received a job at the Lutheran Church and together with Holkó Mátyás organised a famous literary society, that of Kishont, which met annually, when members read their works to each other in any language they were written. Fejes was a “Hungarus” patriot, and a great supporter of Slovakian language. He published in many different subjects in four langauges: German, Latin, Magyar and Slovak.

    Born in a Slovak village close to Kežmarok (his father was judge at the regional high court) János Fejes (1764–1826) studied in the gymnasium of Kežmarok, then in Pressburg. During his university years in Vienna, where he studied law, he merited the praise of Sonnenfels. Having returned home, he started the career of a county clerk, which he interrupted for a study tour to Göttingen in 1795–96, where he studied with Ludwig August Schlözer. Upon his return, he became assessor at the county court. From 1803 he functioned as a secular dean of the Lutheran community of Kishont, where he later established a literary society with the participation of Slovaks, Hungarians and Germans. Their works could be presented in any language (also Latin) at the annual meeting of the society. His numerous works of cameralist or other kinds of public interest appeared in Latin, German, Slovak and Hungarian languages. His work De populatione in genere et in Hungaria in specie (Pest, 1812) was an important example of contemporary stastical studies in the spirit of Schlözer.