Victor Emmanuel II of Savoy

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Victor Emmanuel II in 1849

Victor Emmanuel II (14 March 1820 – 9 January 1878) was the King of Piedmont, Savoy, and Sardinia from 1849 to 1861. On 18 February 1861, he assumed the title King of Italy to become the first king of a united Italy, a title he held until his death in 1878. The Italians gave him the nickname "Father of the Fatherland."

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