Refined stateman and intellectual, expert on agricultural policy
Sidney Sonnino (Pisa 1847 – Rome 1922) was one of the most authoritative exponents of Italian liberalism, active throughout the period of unification. In 1893 he was Minister of Finance and the Treasury in the third Crispi government, working successfully towards the renewal of country’s financial situation. An opponent of Giolitti, he was twice Prime Minister (1906 and 1909-1910). He wrote essays and articles and founded the daily newspaper “Il Giornale d’Italia”. He was Foreign Minister in the governments of Salandra, Boselli and Orlando (1914-1919) and signed the Treaty of London. A great liberal and attentive reformer of the agricultural system, he was also a leading journalist who had always been a staunch supporter of universal suffrage.