Ján Botto

Ján Botto (January 27, 1829, Vyšný Skálnik – April 28, 1881, Banská Bystrica) was a Slovak poet, writer of Štúr generation and co-founder of the first Slovak gymnasium in Revúca.

Born as a son of a farmer family, he began to attend Latin Gymnasium at Ožďany and from 1843 Evangelical lyceum at Levoča, where he wrote his first literal works. From 1853 he has been engaged as land surveyor in different towns throughout the Slovakia, Zvolen, Martin and Banská Štiavnica. In 1861 he wrote one of his most important ballads, Smrť Jánošíkova /Death of Jánošík/. He was the youngest member of writers, poets and politicians of Ľudovít Štúr generation. Together with Samo Chalupka, Andrej Sládkovič and Janko Kráľ he belongs to the most important poets of Slovak romanticism. He died on heart failure at 28. April 1881 in Banská Bystrica.

In Vyšný Skálnik is his museum, statue and a memory plaque. Provided by Wikipedia
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