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 a 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 (1848–49) 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 1,320,649 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia. Victor Emmanuel II of Italy is the 289th most popular politician (down from 203rd in 2019), the 133rd most popular biography from Italy (down from 101st in 2019) and the 25th 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 289 out of 15,710Before him are Herod Antipas, Jacques Chirac, Charles VIII of France, Eva Perón, Xi Jinping, and Alexander II of Russia. After him are Nerva, Croesus, Sejong the Great, Rudolf II, Holy Roman Emperor, Cardinal Mazarin, and Konstantin Chernenko.

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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, William John Macquorn Rankine, Multatuli, and Henri Vieuxtemps. 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, Claude Bernard, Princess Alice of the United Kingdom, Joseph Henry, Julius von Mayer, Charles-François Daubigny, Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, George V of Hanover, Ernst Heinrich Weber, and Antoine César Becquerel.

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Among people born in Italy, Victor Emmanuel II of Italy ranks 133 out of 4,088Before him are Tomaso Albinoni (1671), Pope Urban VIII (1568), Pope Urban VII (1521), Pope Pius V (1504), Plautus (-254), and Clare of Assisi (1193). After him are Nerva (30), Donato Bramante (1443), Sergio Leone (1929), Cardinal Mazarin (1602), Pope Sylvester I (300), and Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463).


Among politicians born in Italy, Victor Emmanuel II of Italy ranks 25Before him are Silvio Berlusconi (1936), Scipio Africanus (-235), Antoninus Pius (86), Lucius Tarquinius Superbus (-600), Sulla (-138), and Pompey (-106). After him are Nerva (30), Cardinal Mazarin (1602), Galba (-3), Numa Pompilius (-753), Lucius Verus (130), and Victor Emmanuel III of Italy (1869).