Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography/Sobieski, Eugene Thaddeus Standalus John

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SOBIESKI, Eugene Thaddeus Standalus John, lawyer, b. in Warsaw, Poland, 10 Sept., 1842. He is the sixth lineal descendant through oldest sons of oldest sons of King John Sobieski, of Poland, the hero who became Christianity's champion when the Turks were at the gates of Vienna. Count Sobieski, who led the Polish revolt of 1846, and died upon the scaffold, left a widow and a son, who went to Genoa, thence to London, where the countess died. The son came to this country in 1854, entered the Union army, and fought through the four years of the civil war, being honorably discharged in 1865, when he accepted a colonel's commission in the Mexican army. Later he settled in Missouri, where he practised law, and in recent years has become well known as a platform lecturer. Col. Sobieski, who, owing to the length of his Christian name, only uses John in his correspondence, is at present engaged in preparing his autobiography for publication in New York during the year 1900.