Gian Giacomo Teodoro Trivulzio

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Giovanni (Gian) Giacomo Teodoro Trivulzio (1597 – 3 August 1656) was an Italian Cardinal who held several high functions in service of the Spanish Crown.

Trivulzio was born and died in Milan, Duchy of Milan. He was the son of Carlo Emanuele Teodoro Trivulzio, Count of Melzo, who died when Gian Giacomo was still very young, and Catherina Gonzaga. His sister was Ippolita Trivulzio.

In 1615 he married Giovanna Maria Grimaldi, daughter of Hercule, Lord of Monaco.
They had two daughters and one son:

When his wife died in 1620, Gian Giacomo entered the Church. In 1629, he became cardinal.
In 1642 he became Viceroy of Aragon, and Grandee of Spain.

He participated in the Papal conclave, 1644, which finally chose Pope Innocent X, and in the Papal conclave, 1655, which elected Pope Alexander VII, and where Gian Giacomo as protodeacon gave the Habemus Papam announcement.

Between 1647 and 1649 he was Viceroy of Sicily and between 1649 and 1651 Viceroy of Sardinia. In April 1656 he became interim Governor of the Duchy of Milan, a post he held until his death. He died in Milan on 3 August 1656 and was buried in the family vault in the Santo Stefano church.


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Government offices
Preceded by
Enrique de Pimentel y Moscoso
Viceroy of Aragon
Succeeded by
Bernardino Fernández de Velasco, 6th Duke of Frías
Preceded by
Vicente de Guzmán
Viceroy of Sicily
Succeeded by
John of Austria the Younger
Preceded by
Bernardo Matías de Cervelló
Viceroy of Sardinia
Succeeded by
Duarte Álvarez de Toledo, Count of Oropesa
Preceded by
Luis de Benavides Carrillo, Marquis of Caracena
Governor of the Duchy of Milan
April 1656 – August 1656
Succeeded by
Alfonso Pérez de Vivero, Count of Fuensaldaña
Catholic Church titles
Preceded by
Carlo Gaudenzio Madruzzo
Cardinal-Deacon of San Cesareo in Palatio
Succeeded by
Carlo Rossetti
Preceded by
Girolamo Colonna
Cardinal-Deacon of Sant'Eustachio
Succeeded by
Virginio Orsini