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Victor Emmanuel II of Italy

1820 - 1878

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Victor Emmanuel II (Italian: Vittorio Emanuele II; full name: Vittorio Emanuele Maria Alberto Eugenio Ferdinando Tommaso di Savoia; 14 March 1820 – 9 January 1878) was King of Sardinia from 1849 until 17 March 1861, when he assumed the title of King of Italy and became the first king of an independent, united Italy since the 6th century, a title he held until his death in 1878. Borrowing from the old Latin title Pater Patriae of the Roman emperors, the Italians gave him the epithet of Father of the Fatherland (Italian: Padre della Patria). Born in Turin as the eldest son of Charles Albert, Prince of Carignano, and Maria Theresa of Austria, he fought in the First Italian War of Independence (1848–1849) before being made King of Piedmont-Sardinia following his father's abdication. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Victor Emmanuel II of Italy has received more than 1,734,170 page views. His biography is available in 72 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Victor Emmanuel II of Italy is the 299th most popular politician (down from 289th in 2019), the 118th most popular biography from Italy (up from 133rd in 2019) and the 24th most popular Italian Politician.

Victor Emmanuel II of Italy was most famous for being the first king of Italy. He was the son of King Charles Albert of Sardinia and Maria Theresa of Austria. He became King of Sardinia in 1849 and King of Italy in 1861.

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Among politicians, Victor Emmanuel II of Italy ranks 299 out of 15,577Before him are Ahmed III, Beatrix of the Netherlands, Hamid Karzai, Djoser, Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor, and Scipio Africanus. After him are Cardinal Mazarin, Raúl Castro, Sulla, Hugh Capet, Jacques Chirac, and Croesus.

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Among people born in 1820, Victor Emmanuel II of Italy ranks 4Before him are Friedrich Engels, Florence Nightingale, and Herbert Spencer. After him are Nadar, Anne Brontë, Henri, Count of Chambord, Harriet Tubman, Jenny Lind, Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Multatuli, and Heungseon Daewongun. Among people deceased in 1878, Victor Emmanuel II of Italy ranks 2Before him is Pope Pius IX. After him are Archduke Franz Karl of Austria, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, Claude Bernard, Joseph Henry, Julius von Mayer, Charles-François Daubigny, Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, George V of Hanover, Ernst Heinrich Weber, and Mirza Fatali Akhundov.

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Among people born in Italy, Victor Emmanuel II of Italy ranks 118 out of 4,668Before him are Juan Carlos I of Spain (1938), Cato the Elder (-243), Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (1768), Agatha of Sicily (235), Scipio Africanus (-235), and Pope Pius V (1504). After him are Cardinal Mazarin (1602), Sulla (-138), Cesare Borgia (1475), Pope Pius III (1439), Pope Urban VIII (1568), and Pope Clement I (40).


Among politicians born in Italy, Victor Emmanuel II of Italy ranks 24Before him are Domitian (51), Lucius Tarquinius Superbus (-600), Antoninus Pius (86), Silvio Berlusconi (1936), Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor (1768), and Scipio Africanus (-235). After him are Cardinal Mazarin (1602), Sulla (-138), Numa Pompilius (-753), Victor Emmanuel III of Italy (1869), Nerva (30), and Galba (-3).