Ukrainians were the most numerous national minority in the Senate of the Second Polish Republic. They sat in the Senate continuously for five terms: from 1922 to 1939. A total of 28 representatives of the Ukrainian population came through the Senate benches. The purpose of this article is to sketch a group portrait of Ukrainian senators. Their political identity (party and club affiliation), socio-demographic characteristics (age, social background, education, profession and social status) and career paths were analyzed. The article discusses also subsequent history of the Ukrainian senators. To sum up, Ukrainian senators belonged to the parliamentary elite mostly because of how they used their education, social status and their extraordinary personalities to the benefit of culture, education, economy and local government. The authority of the representatives of the Parliament in local communities was also built by their commitment to the fight for the independence of Ukraine.
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