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Gustavo Ponza, conte di San Martino (6 January 1810 — 9 June 1876) was an Italian politician, who was administrator and senator of the Kingdom of Italy.[1]

He was born in Cuneo, the son of conte Cesare. He was appointed Intendente generale of Genoa, (4 August 1848) and made a councillor of state of Victor Emmanuel II of Italy, 27 February 1852. President of the provincial council of Cuneo, his birthplace, he served as communal councillor for Turin in 1857-64 and 1866-76. As the king's lieutenant governor at Naples, it was his duty to wait upon Pope Pius IX with suggestions for papal role in the Capture of Rome, which Pius adamantly refused.

He died at Dronero, near Cuneo,[2], in 1876.

His son, Coriolano Ponza di San Martino (1842-1926), briefly served as Italian Minister of War, April 1900-April 1902.[3]

See also


  1. ^ Details of Ponza di San Martino's career are taken from Senato della Repubblica: "Ponza di San Martino, Gustavo"
  2. ^ A commemorative statue stands in the Piazza delle martiri della libertà, Dronero.
  3. ^ Coriolano Ponza di San Martino


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