Dominic Savio

1842 - 1857

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Dominic Savio (Italian: Domenico Savio; 2 April 1842 – 9 March 1857) was an Italian student of Saint John Bosco. He was studying to be a priest when he became ill and died at the age of 14, possibly from pleurisy. He is the only person of his age group who was declared a saint not on the basis of his having been a martyr, but on the basis of having lived what was seen as a holy life. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dominic Savio has received more than 531,359 page views. His biography is available in 34 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 33 in 2019). Dominic Savio is the 505th most popular religious figure (down from 462nd in 2019), the 622nd most popular biography from Italy (down from 558th in 2019) and the 225th most popular Italian Religious Figure.

Dominic Savio is most famous for his speech at the March on Washington in 1963. He was a Catholic priest and a civil rights activist.

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Among religious figures, Dominic Savio ranks 505 out of 2,272Before him are Abdullah ibn Umar, Pope Nicholas II, Desmond Tutu, Januarius, Pope Celestine II, and Louis de Montfort. After him are Laban, Pope Alexander I of Alexandria, Pontius Pilate's wife, Josemaría Escrivá, Victor of Aveyron, and Anne Catherine Emmerich.

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Among people born in 1842, Dominic Savio ranks 12Before him are Jules Massenet, Karl May, Josef Breuer, John William Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, Camille Flammarion, and Paul Lafargue. After him are Ambrose Bierce, Osborne Reynolds, Georg Brandes, Archduke Ludwig Viktor of Austria, Arrigo Boito, and Hermann Cohen. Among people deceased in 1857, Dominic Savio ranks 8Before him are Augustin-Louis Cauchy, Mikhail Glinka, Carl Czerny, Eugène François Vidocq, Alfred de Musset, and Archduchess Sophie of Austria. After him are Eugène Sue, Francis Beaufort, Charles Lucien Bonaparte, Pierre-Jean de Béranger, Louis Jacques Thénard, and Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff.

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Among people born in Italy, Dominic Savio ranks 622 out of 4,088Before him are Lorenzo Da Ponte (1749), Januarius (272), Joanna I of Naples (1326), Pope Celestine II (1100), Benozzo Gozzoli (1420), and Gabriele D'Annunzio (1863). After him are Louis II of Italy (825), Zeuxis (-500), Grazia Deledda (1871), Constance, Queen of Sicily (1154), Carlo Ancelotti (1959), and Gaius Claudius Glaber (-200).


Among religious figures born in Italy, Dominic Savio ranks 225Before him are Pope Silverius (490), Pope Lucius II (1100), Pope Adeodatus II (610), Pope Anastasius IV (1073), Januarius (272), and Pope Celestine II (1100). After him are Pope John XVIII (970), Saint Eustace (10), Pope Sergius II (800), Pope Vigilius (500), Alexius of Rome (400), and Pope Eusebius (250).