|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
|Preceded by||Antonio Starabba, Marchese di Rudinì|
|Succeeded by||Alberto de Blanc|
|Monarch||Victor Emmanuel II (to 1878)
Umberto I (from 1878)
|Born||17 May 1833
|Died||24 May 1898 (aged 65)|
Born in Turin, he worked with distinction as a naval engineer until the age of forty. In 1873, Admiral Simone Antonio Saint-Bon, Italy's Naval Minister, appointed him undersecretary of state. The two men collaborated on major projects: Saint-Bon conceived a type of ship, Brin made the plans and directed its construction.
On the advent of the Left to power in 1876, Brin was appointed Naval Minister by Agostino Depretis, a capacity in which he continued the policies of Saint-Bon, while enlarging and completing the project in such way as to form the first organic scheme for the development of the Italian fleet. The huge ironclads of the Italia and Caio Duilio classes were his work, though he afterwards abandoned their type in favor of smaller and faster armored cruisers of the Vettor Pisani and the Giuseppe Garibaldi classes. Through his initiative, the Italian naval industry, almost non-existent in 1873, made rapid progress.
During his eleven years in the ministry (1876-1878 with Depretis, 1884-1891 with Depretis and Francesco Crispi, 1896-1898 with Antonio Starabba, Marchese di Rudinì), he succeeded in creating large private shipyards, engine works and metallurgical works for the production of armour, steel plates and guns.
In 1892, he entered the Giovanni Giolitti cabinet as Minister of Foreign Affairs, accompanying, in that capacity, King Umberto I and Queen Margherita to Potsdam, but chose not to act against France on the occasion of the massacre of Italian workmen at Aigues-Mortes.
He died while Naval Minister in the Rudini cabinet.
- A Regina Margherita-class battleship named for him was launched by the Regia Marina in 1901.
- The Italian submarine Brin was named after him.
- Plaque dedicated to Benedetto Brin on Via Santi Apostoli, Rome
Antonio Starabba, Marchese di Rudinì
|Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs
Alberto de Blanc
- This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Brin, Benedetto". Encyclopædia Britannica 4 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 571.