Ante Starčević (23 May 1823 – 28 February 1896) was a Croatian politician and writer. His works are considered to have laid the foundations for Croatian nationalism and he is often referred to as “Father of the Homeland” by Croats.
Starčević was born in the village of Žitnik near Gospić, a small town in the Military Frontier within Austria-Hungary, to a family of a Catholic father and an Orthodox mother.
He was also a member of the committee of Matica ilirska, a Croatian cultural society connected with the Illyrian movement, in the Historical Society and in the editorial board of Neven, a literary magazine.
In his old age, he moved to Starčević House (Starčevićev dom), built for him by the Croatian people in 1895. He died in his house less than a year later, aged 73. According to his wish, he was buried in the Church of St Mirko in the Zagreb suburb of Šestine. His bust was made by Ivan Rendić. On his deathbed, he requested that no monuments be raised to his honor, but his statue was put up in front of Starčević House in 1998
His portrait is depicted on the obverse of the Croatian 1000 kuna banknote, issued in 1993