Cosimo de' Medici

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Cosimo di Giovanni de' Medici
Portrait by Bronzino
Portrait by Bronzino
Lord of Florence
Reign 5 September 1434 – 1 August 1464
Predecessor Rinaldo degli Albizzi
Successor Piero the Gouty
Spouse(s) Contessina de' Bardi
Piero the Gouty
Giovanni de' Medici
Carlo di Cosimo de' Medici (illegitimate)
Full name
Còsimo di Giovanni degli Mèdici
Noble family Medici
Father Giovanni di Bicci de' Medici
Mother Piccarda Bueri
Born 27 September 1389
Florence, Republic of Florence
Died 1 August 1464(1464-08-01) (aged 74)
Careggi, Republic of Florence

Cosimo di Giovanni de' Medici, called "the Elder" (Italian: il Vecchio) and posthumously "Father of the Fatherland" (Latin: pater patriae) (10 April 1389 – 1 August 1464), was an Italian banker and politician, the first member of the Medici political dynasty that served as de facto rulers of Florence during much of the Italian Renaissance.

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