Maksymilian Węgrzynek

Born in 1892, he finished high school in Mielec. In Rudnik on the San he organized the local unit of the Riflemen’s Association. In 1914, just before the outbreak of the war he emigrated to New York where he tried unsuccessfully to join the Polish Legion. He studied at Columbia University and in 1922, became the publisher of “Nowy Swiat” becoming its president in 1925. Wegrzynek was very active in Polish American affairs and served as Vice President of the Kosciuszko Foundation, and after the war became actively engaged in the struggle for Polish independence, in the National Association of Americans of Polish Descent and as co-founder of the Pilsudski Institute in 1943. In 1944 he was a founding member of the Polish American Congress becoming its Vice President. He died in 1944.

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