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Elio Benvenuto
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Birth: Jan. 7, 1914
Provincia di Lucca
Toscana, Italy
Death: Nov. 23, 1991
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

[note, there is no copyright in a federal court opinion]

from the
December 20, 1957, the Court's opinion issued in

Elio BENVENUTO, Plaintiff, v. Bruce G. BARBER, District Director, Immigration and Naturalization Service, San Francisco, California, Defendant

Petitioner was born January 7, 1914 in the town of Pietrasanta, Italy, where his father was a sculptor and artist. After completing his elementary education, petitioner studied art in Genoa. In 1935-36 he served for a period of eight months in the Italian Army. Except for this period of military service and the years he was away at art school, he resided continually in Pietrasanta and worked as a sculptor with his father. In June 1940 he married an American citizen of Italian descent who was then living in Italy. That same month he was recalled to duty in the Italian Army and served during World War II until the collapse of the Italian Forces in September, 1943. He then returned to Pietrasanta and went with his family to live in a nearby village in the mountains until the area was freed from German occupation in late 1944. During this period of German occupation, he assisted the Italian Committee for National Liberation and was later cited as a patriot by the Italian Government for these services. When American forces reached Pietrasanta in late 1944, petitioner returned there with his family. The city had been heavily damaged by bombing and remained under shell fire for several months thereafter. In the spring of 1945, petitioner was chosen acting mayor of Pietrasanta by a small committee of citizens. He acted as mayor for approximately a year until an election could be held. As acting mayor he devoted his full time and efforts to the rebuilding of the city. While serving as mayor he accepted a membership in the local division of the Italian Communist Party which was actively assisting in the reconstruction of the city. After completing his period of service as mayor, he allowed his membership in the Communist Party to lapse. Following his term as mayor, petitioner resumed his sculpturing. In 1946 his wife and young daughter went to the United States and in the spring of 1948, upon obtaining his immigration visa, he came here to join them. Since coming to the United States, petitioner has resided in San Francisco with his wife and daughter and is working as a sculptor.

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Elio Benvenuto's work as a fine artist was documented in

Elio Benvenuto: A Survey of 50 Years of Sculpture, Drawing: Museo Italo- Americano / Richmond Art Center, July 18 through August 22, 1982

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Noted in the California Death Index, his mother's maiden name was Ferralis.

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  Lydia Adele Macchiarini Benvenuto (1913 - 2009)*
*Calculated relationship
Note: His wife was later placed within the same space.
Italian Cemetery
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: Section 5D, Unit 164, Crypt 3
Maintained by: Titania
Originally Created by: Retaggio
Record added: Nov 15, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 44348041
Elio Benvenuto
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Elio Benvenuto
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Elio Benvenuto
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 Added: Aug. 3, 2013

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