Konstantin "Kosta" Vojnović (Serbian Cyrillic: Константин
Војновић; Serbian pronunciation: [konstǎntin kôsta
ʋǒːjnoʋit͡ɕ]; March 2, 1832 - May 20, 1903) was Serbian
politician, university professor and rector in the Kingdom of Dalmatia
Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia
Kingdom of Croatia-Slavonia of the Habsburg Monarchy.
2 Marriage and children
Vojnović was born in
Herceg Novi (modern Montenegro) into the Serb
Vojnović noble family. His grandfather Đorđe Vasiljević Vojinović
(1760-1821) was a Russian military officer, he later returned to Boka
Kotorska, and in 1800, in Ancona, he married Kasandra Angeli-Radovani
from a Roman Catholic family. They had a son, Jovan. Count Jovan Đ.
Vojinović (1811-1837) died at the age of 26, he married Katarina
Gojković whose mother was of the family of Serbian Orthodox
Metropolitan Stevan Stratimirović. Katarina later remarried to a
Pelegrini. Jovan and Katarina had two sons, Konstantin (Kosta), and
his brother Đorđe (Đura).
His brother Đorđe (1833-1895) was the mayor of Boka (1863-1877) and
its representative deputy, and president of the
Diet of Dalmatia
Diet of Dalmatia in
Zadar. As the people's deputy he fought against the Austrian politics
that deliberately omitted the Bokan maritime affairs, which was the
main occupation of his ancestors.
Konstantin and Đorđe were baptized in the
Serbian Orthodox Savina
monastery in Herceg Novi, however, their grandmother Kasandra later
converted them into the Roman Catholic faith.
He graduated law at the
University of Vienna
University of Vienna in the period 1851-54,
received his Ph.D. in
Padua in 1856. In Split he worked as a lawyer, a
secretary of the Chamber of Merchants, legislative writer and a
politician. He advocated unification of Dalmatia and
Croatia and Slavonia. He was great supporter of Croatian independence
in Austria-Hungary. As a member of the People's Party, he served as a
representative in the Parliament of Dalmatia. At the recommendation of
his close friend and a colleague Josip Juraj Strossmayer, he was
elected in 1874 as a professor of Austrian law at the University of
He served twice as a prorector of the university: the first time
during the rectorship of the first rector Matija Mesić, and the
second time immediately after himself served as a rector in the
academic year 1877/1878. In the period 1878-1884 he served as a
representative in the Croatian parliament. He was a full member of the
Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts
Yugoslav Academy of Sciences and Arts since 1890. Due to political
reasons, expressing his disagreement with oppressive Magyarization, he
was temporarily suspended from university service and retired in 1891.
He returned to
Dubrovnik and began research of the Dubrovnikan
legislative history. He died in
Dubrovnik at the age of 71.
Marriage and children
He married Marija Seralji (Serragli; 1836-1922) from
1855. She was the daughter of Luigi de Serragli (1808-1902), an
Italian businessman and bureaucrat, member of the Dalmatian Diet, and
They had five children: Ivo, Lujo, Katica, Eugenija and Kristina.
Since 1933 a street in Zagreb is named after him.
^ Martinović 2003, footnotes: "Đorđev sin Jovan imao je dva sina:
Kostu i Đura, koji su bili kršteni u manastiru Savini kod
Herceg-Novog, ali ih je docnije njihova baba Angeli-Radovani
prekrstila u katoličku vjeru."
Dušan J. Martinović (2003). "Admirali i generali Vojnovići u ruskoj
Project Rastko Boka (in Serbian). Retrieved 2010-11-22.
Vojnović's biography, at the
University of Zagreb
University of Zagreb website
Rector of the University of Zagreb
1877 – 1878