István Haller

His son, István Haller obtained the rank of baron for the family in 1699 and his sons, László, Gábor and János got the title of earl in 1713. Gábor was the one to inherit Szentpál and Ugra after dividing the family fortune. Gábor married Klára Károlyi, the daughter of Sándor Károlyi, a kuruc general. After the early death of Gábor Haller in 1723, his widowed wife led the estate and raised their children, László and Gábor on her own. After dividing the family fortune, László got Ugra and Gábor got Szentpál.

This way the first member of the family to move to Ugra was earl László Haller. He became the sheriff of Máramaros county at an early age. As a fan of culture, he started collecting books at the castle in Ugra. He translated to Hungarian one of the main works of the enlightenment, Fénelon’s Télémaque. His son, Gábor, wanted to continue his father’s cultural work.

His private library was one of the largest in the area, fans of French culture would borrow French literature from him. Ferenc Kazinczy, who visited Ugra and met Gábor Haller in Szeben, said that he was half French, half Hungarian. The earl wrote many poems and exchanged letters with some of the most important figures of literature and culture of his time, like Ferenc Kazinczy, Gábor Döbrentei and Ábrahám Barcsay. During his political career, he was the sheriff of Küküllő county and treasurer of Transylvania. His son, Gábor Haller didn’t have any political titles, and neither did his nephew, György Haller – they dedicated their lives to the economic development of Ugra (in the 1830’s they had a greenhouse at Ugra, where they even grew pineapples).

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