Raffaele de Ferrari
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Raffaele was born at Genoa from an aristocratic family, he was a senator of the Kingdom of Sardinia and had the title of Duke of Galliera from 18 September 1838 at the behest of Pope Gregory XVI. The title was recognized by King Charles Albert of Sardinia on 18 July 1843, he was also created Prince of Lucedio.
Raffaele made his economic fortune in Paris, where he live most of the time.
Marriage and family
He married in 1828 to Maria Brignole-Sale (1811–1888), daughter of Marquis Antoine Brignole-Sale and Marquise Arthemisa Negrone de Gênes.
They had three children:
- Livia (1828–1829)
- Andrea (1831–1847)
- Philipp (1850–1917), an eccentric stamp collector, who at the death of his father, refused to inherit his fortune and the title of Duke to which he was entitled.
Duke of Galliera
His biographical profile as a politician and patron is traced in the memorial service made to the Senate on 27 December 1876. In it he remembered how in 1837 he acquired by Prince Oscar, who later became King of Sweden, and his wife Josephine of Leuchtenberg (daughter of Eugène de Beauharnais), all possessions which Emperor Napoleon I of France granted in 1812.
- Grand Officer of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, 13 January 1856.
- Grand Cordon of the Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus, 3 August 1862.
- Knight of the Supreme Order of the Most Holy Annunciation, 8 December 1875.
- Grand Officer of the Order of the Crown of Italy
Notes and sources
Josephine and Oscar
|Duke of Galliera
18 September 1838 – 23 November 1876