Ivanoe Bonomi

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Ivanoe Bonomi
Ivanoe Bonomi portrait.png
Prime Minister of Italy
In office
18 June 1944 – 21 June 1945
MonarchVictor Emmanuel III
Lieutenant GeneralPrince Umberto
Preceded byPietro Badoglio
Succeeded byFerruccio Parri
In office
4 July 1921 – 26 February 1922
MonarchVictor Emmanuel III
Preceded byGiovanni Giolitti
Succeeded byLuigi Facta
President of the Italian Senate
In office
8 May 1948 – 20 April 1951
Preceded byPietro Tomasi Della Torretta
Succeeded byEnrico De Nicola
Personal details
Born(1873-10-18)18 October 1873
Mantua, Lombardy, Kingdom of Italy
Died20 April 1951(1951-04-20) (aged 77)
Rome, Latium, Italy
Political partyItalian Socialist Party
Italian Reformist Socialist Party
Labour Democratic Party
Socialist Party of Italian Workers

Ivanoe Bonomi [iˈvaːnoe boˈnɔːmi][1] (18 October 1873 – 20 April 1951) was an Italian statesman before and after World War II. He served as the 25th prime minister of Italy during 1921/22 and again during 1944/45.

Background and earlier career[edit]

Bonomi was born in Mantua, Italy. He was elected to the Italian Chamber of Deputies in 1909, representing Mantua as a member of the Italian Socialist Party. He was among those expelled from the party in 1912, for his advocacy of reformism and moderation, as well as his support for the Italian invasion of Libya. Bonomi joined the Italian Reformist Socialist Party, and supported Italy's participation in World War I on the side of the Triple Entente.

Bonomi served as Minister of Public Works from 1916 until 1917, and as Minister of War from 1920 until 1921 - helping to negotiate a treaty with Yugoslavia (the Treaty of Rapallo). Later in 1921 he became Treasury Minister.

Prime Minister of Italy; 1st term[edit]

A few months later, he became Prime Minister of Italy for the first time, in a coalition government—the first socialist to hold the post. Early in 1922, his government collapsed, and he was replaced as Prime Minister by Luigi Facta, amidst the Fascist insurgency led by Benito Mussolini.

Activities during the Fascist period[edit]

In October 1922, Mussolini gained power through the March on Rome, and Bonomi withdrew from politics.

In 1940, Bonomi joined an anti-Fascist movement. By 1943, when Mussolini was deposed, Bonomi had become a leader of the group.

Prime Minister of Italy; 2nd term[edit]

In June 1944, when Rome was taken by the Allies, he replaced Badoglio as Prime Minister of the new Italian government. He led Italy as the country was being gained from the Fascist Italian Social Republic and the Nazi German occupiers, and helped the country's transition to democracy.

Numerous reforms in social security were made during Bonomi's time as prime minister. A law of 18 January 1945 introduced survivors’ pensions within the INPS general scheme, based on previous contributions and insurance years, while a law of 1 March 1945 established a Social Insurance Supplementation Fund within INPS, which augmented the payments to people with lower pensions.[2]

Bonomi came near to resignation in November 1944 over war strategy, but stayed on as Prime Minister at the urging of the British government of Winston Churchill. He remained Prime Minister until 1945, by which time World War II in Europe had ended, and stayed active in the Italian government after that moment, serving on the Constituent Assembly's committee on treaties, and also representing Italy in councils of foreign ministers until 1946.

Later life[edit]

In 1948, he became President of the Italian Senate, and served in that position until his death.

After having been a founding member of the Labour Democratic Party in 1943, he later joined in 1947 the Italian Democratic Socialist Party, of which he was honorary chairman until his death.

He died on 20 April 1951 in Rome, aged 77.


  1. ^ Correct Italian pronunciations of the name Ivanoe are available in the (in Italian) Dizionario d'ortografia e di pronunzia online.
  2. ^ Peter Flora (ed) Growth to Limits: The Western European Welfare States Since World War II, Volume 4

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