Ferenc Révay became the personal secretary of Stephen Báthory in 1521. After the Battle of Mohács in 1526, during the dispute over the throne, he joined Ferdinand I of the Habsburgs. In 1532, he became the Ispán (Count.
Comes) of Turóc County (Turiec region in today"s Slovakia).
He was then granted the rank of Chief Justice (Hungarian: királyi személynök) and received numerous donations. He became Palatinal Governor in 1542.
Ferenc Révay favoured science and scientists. He regularly communicated with András Gyulai and András Choron.
He was an admirer of Martin Luther, and they exchanged several letters.
He was present in the Parliament of 1550, where he was elected as the member of the Border-Check Committee.