Italian general election, 1865

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Italian general election, 1865
1861 ←
22 and 29 October 1865 → 1867

All 443 seats to the Chamber of Deputies of the Kingdom of Italy
  Majority party Minority party
  Alfonso La Marmora.jpg Agostino Depretis.jpg
Leader Alfonso Ferrero La Marmora Agostino Depretis
Party Historical Right Historical Left

Italian Parliament 1865.svg

Composition of the Parliament

Prime Minister before election

Alfonso Ferrero La Marmora
Historical Right

Subsequent Prime Minister

Alfonso Ferrero La Marmora
Historical Right

General elections were held in Italy on 22 October 1865, with a second round of voting on 29 October.[1] Only 504,263 men of a total population of around 23 million were entitled to vote.[2] Right-wing candidates emerged as the largest bloc in Parliament with around 41% of the 443 seats.[3] They were largely aristocrats representing rentiers from the north of the country, and held moderate political views including loyalty to the crown and low government spending.[4]

Parties and leaders[edit]

Party Ideology Leader
Historical Right Conservatism, Monarchism Alfonso Ferrero La Marmora
Historical Left Liberalism, Centrism Agostino Depretis
The Extreme Socialism, Radicalism several


Affiliation Votes % % of seats
Right-wing 41.2
Left-wing 35.2
Extreme left-wing 3.5
Unknown 20.1
Invalid/blank votes 12,888
Total 271,923 100 443
Registered voters/turnout 504,263 53.9
Source: Nohlen & Stöver
Popular vote
Historical Right
Historical Left
Extreme left-wing


  1. ^ Nohlen, D & Stöver, P (2010) Elections in Europe: A data handbook, p1047 ISBN 978-3-8329-5609-7
  2. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1049
  3. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1082
  4. ^ Nohlen & Stöver, p1028