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Rossi, Pellegrino Luigi Edoardo, Conte

Rossi, Pellegrino Luigi Edoardo, Conte pĕl˝lāgrē´nō lwē´jē ādōär´dō kôn´tā rôs´sē [key], 1787–1848, Italian political leader and jurist. As a supporter of Joachim Murat , Rossi was obliged to flee Italy (1815) when Murat fell. He went first to Geneva, where he became a noted professor of law and an active politician, then to Paris (1833), where he taught at the Collège de France, became a citizen, and was raised to the peerage. Louis Philippe sent him as ambassador to the Holy See, where he favored the election of Pope Pius IX . After the upheaval (1848) in France, Rossi became president of the council in the pope's first constitutional government. A moderate reformer, he was the target of both radicals and reactionaries. He was assassinated by radicals. Rossi wrote treatises on economics.

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