Italian general election, 1865

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Italian general election, 1865
Kingdom of Italy
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 Urbano Rattazzi-lookingleft.jpg
Leader Alfonso Ferrero La Marmora Urbano Rattazzi
Party Historical Right Historical Left
Percentage 41.2% 35.2%

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] It was the second one in the history of Italy.

The race[edit]

The Historical Right was led by the former Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Sardinia, Alfonso Ferrero La Marmora, a long-time general who fought during the Italian unification.

On the other hand, the bloc of the Historical Left was led by Urbano Rattazzi, a liberal politician who was between the founders of the Italian left-wing parliamentary group.

In opposition to the two main blocs there were a third party known as The Extreme, a far-left coalition, under the leadership of Agostino Bertani, an Italian revolutionary and a key figure of the Unification.

On 22 and 29 October, 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] the general La Marmora was appointed Prime Minister by the king Victor Emmanuel II.

Parties and leaders[edit]

Party Ideology Leader
Historical Right Conservatism, Monarchism Alfonso Ferrero La Marmora
Historical Left Liberalism, Centrism Urbano Rattazzi
The Extreme Radicalism, Republicanism Agostino Bertani


Affiliation Votes % % of seats
Historical Right 41.2
Historical Left 35.2
The Extreme 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
The Extreme


  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