Józef Kossakowski (colonel)

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Józef Kossakowski
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Józef Kossakowski around 1794
Coat of arms Ślepowron
Full name
Józef Dominik Korwin-Kossakowski
Born16 August 1771
Wojtkuszki near Ukmergė
Died2 November 1840
Noble family Kossakowski
Spouse(s)Zofia Potocka
Father Michał Kossakowski
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Ślepowron , the coat of arms of Korwin-Kossakowski

Józef Dominik Korwin-Kossakowski (16 August 1771 in Vaitkuškis near Ukmergė 2 November 1840 in Warsaw), was a Polish–Lithuanian statesman and military commander, a participant of Targowica Confederation and a colonel of the Polish Army. He used the Ślepowron coat of arms.

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