Luigi Einaudi

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Luigi Einaudi

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2nd President of Italy
In office
12 May 1948 11 May 1955
Prime Minister Alcide De Gasperi
Giuseppe Pella
Amintore Fanfani
Mario Scelba
Preceded by Enrico De Nicola
Succeeded by Giovanni Gronchi
Deputy Prime Minister of Italy
In office
1 June 1947 24 May 1948
Prime Minister Alcide De Gasperi
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded by Giovanni Porzio
Minister of the Budget
In office
6 June 1947 24 May 1948
Prime Minister Alcide De Gasperi
Preceded byPosition established
Succeeded by Giuseppe Pella
Governor of the Bank of Italy
In office
5 January 1945 11 May 1948
Preceded byVincenzo Azzolini
Succeeded byDonato Menichella
Personal details
Born(1874-03-24)24 March 1874
Carrù, Piedmont, Kingdom of Italy
Died30 October 1961(1961-10-30) (aged 87)
Rome, Latium, Italy
Nationality Italian
Political party Italian Liberal Party
Spouse(s)Ida Pellegrini
Children Giulio
Alma mater University of Turin
Profession Teacher, economist
Signature Firma Luigi Einaudi.svg

Luigi Einaudi, OMRI [1] (Italian:  [luˈiːdʒi eiˈnaudi] ; 24 March 1874 – 30 October 1961) [2] was an Italian politician and economist. He served as the second President of the Italian Republic between 1948 and 1955.

Order of Merit of the Italian Republic Italian order of knighthood

The Order of Merit of the Italian Republic was founded as the senior order of knighthood by the second President of the Italian Republic, Luigi Einaudi in 1951. The highest ranking honour of the Republic, it is awarded for "merit acquired by the nation" in the fields of literature, the arts, economy, public service, and social, philanthropic and humanitarian activities and for long and conspicuous service in civilian and military careers. The post-nominal letters for the order are OMRI. The order effectively replaced national orders such as the Civil Order of Savoy (1831), the Order of the Crown of Italy (1868), the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus (1572) and the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation (1362).

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Early life

Einaudi was born to Lorenzo and Placida Fracchia in Carrù, in the province of Cuneo, Piedmont. In Turin he attended Liceo classico Cavour and completed his university studies; in the same years he became acquainted with socialist ideas and collaborated with the magazine Critica sociale, directed by the socialist leader Filippo Turati. In 1895, after overcoming financial difficulties, he graduated in jurisprudence, and was later appointed as professor in the University of Turin, the Polytechnic University of Turin and the Bocconi University of Milan.

Carrù Comune in Piedmont, Italy

Carrù is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 70 kilometres (43 mi) south of Turin and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) northeast of Cuneo.

Province of Cuneo Province of Italy

Cuneo (Italian) or Coni is a province in the southwest of the Piedmont region of Italy. To the west it borders on the French region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. To the north it borders with the Metropolitan City of Turin. To the east it borders with the province of Asti. To the south it borders with the Ligurian provinces of Savona and Imperia. It is also known as La Provincia Granda, Piedmontese for "The Big Province", because it is the fourth largest province in Italy and the largest one in Piedmont. Briga Marittima and Tenda were part of this province before cession to France in 1947.

Piedmont Region of Italy

Piedmont is a region in northwest Italy, one of the 20 regions of the country. It borders the Liguria region to the south, the Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna regions to the east and the Aosta Valley region to the northwest; it also borders Switzerland to the northeast and France to the west. It has an area of 25,402 square kilometres (9,808 sq mi) and a population of 4,377,941 as of 30 November 2017. The capital of Piedmont is Turin.

Early political life

From the early 20th century Einaudi moved increasingly towards a more conservative stance. In 1919 he was named Senator of the Kingdom of Italy. He also worked as a journalist for important Italian newspapers such as La Stampa and Il Corriere della Sera , as well as being financial correspondent for The Economist . An anti-fascist, he stopped working for Italian newspapers from 1926, under the Fascist regime, resuming his professional relationship with the Corriere della Sera after the fall of the regime in 1943. After the Armistice (8 September 1943) he fled to Switzerland, returning to Italy in 1944.

<i>La Stampa</i> Italian daily newspaper

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<i>The Economist</i> English weekly news and international affairs publication

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Einaudi was Governor of the Bank of Italy from 5 January 1945 until 11 May 1948, and was also a founding member of the Consulta Nazionale which opened the way to the new Parliament of the Italian Republic after World War II. Later he was Minister of Finances, Treasury and Balance, as well as Vice-Premier, in 1947–48. He was also a member of the neo-liberal think tank the Mont Pelerin Society. [3]

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President of the Italian Republic

On 11 May 1948 he was elected the second President of the Italian Republic. At the end of the seven-year term of office in 1955 he became Life Senator. Einaudi was a member of numerous cultural, economic and university institutions. He was a supporter of the ideal of European Federalism.

Einaudi personally managed the activities of his farm near Dogliani, producing Nebbiolo wine, for which he boasted to be using the most advanced agricultural developments. In 1950, monarchist satirical magazine Candido published a cartoon in which Einaudi is at the Quirinal Palace, surrounded by a presidential guard of honour (the corazzieri) of giant bottles of Nebbiolo wine, each labeled with the institutional logo. The cartoon was judged a lese-majesty by a court of the time, and Giovannino Guareschi, as the director of the magazine, was held responsible and sentenced.

Dogliani Comune in Piedmont, Italy

Dogliani is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Cuneo in the Italian region Piedmont, located about 60 kilometres (37 mi) southeast of Turin and about 35 kilometres (22 mi) northeast of Cuneo.

Candido was an Italian language satirical magazine published in Milan, Italy, between 1945 and 1961.

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Luigi Einaudi died in Rome in 1961.

Family

Luigi Einaudi, at right, with his son Giulio, 1951 Luigi e Giulio Einaudi.jpg
Luigi Einaudi, at right, with his son Giulio, 1951

Both his son Giulio, a prominent Italian publisher, and his grandson, Ludovico, a neo-Classical musician, have subsequently made names for themselves.

Another son, Mario, was a Cornell University professor and active anti-fascist. The Mario Einaudi Center For International Studies is named after him. Additionally, Mario founded the Fondazione Luigi Einaudi in Turin in honor of his father.

Also the research center of the Bank of Italy, the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance (EIEF), is named in honor of Luigi Einaudi.

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References

  1. quirinale.it
  2. Profile of Luigi Einaudi
  3. Plehwe, Dieter. "Neoliberal Think Tanks and the Crisis" (PDF). European International Studies Association. European International Studies Association. Retrieved 5 January 2018.

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Government offices
Preceded by
Vincenzo Azzolini
Governor of Banca d'Italia
1945–1948
Succeeded by
Donato Menichella
Political offices
Preceded by
Enrico De Nicola
President of the Italian Republic
1948–1955
Succeeded by
Giovanni Gronchi