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Ettore Patrizi
Birth: May 5, 1869
Provincia di Terni
Umbria, Italy
Death: Jun. 4, 1946
San Francisco
San Francisco County
California, USA

Born in Montecastrilli, Province of Terni, Region of Umbria, Italy on May 5, 1869, the son of Giovanni Patrizi and Filomena Giontella.

Mr. Patrizi received his education at the Institute of Superior Studies of Milan, Italy, graduating in 1891 as a civil engineer. Prior to graduation he had written for several newspapers of Milan and in 1893 gave up civil engineering to come to America as a special correspondent for two large Italian dailies.

In San Francisco and was hired to be the as editor of the daily L'Italia, a four-page publication with a subscription list scarcely more than 1000. In 1898 he became sole owner and publisher.

Mr. Patrizi reorganized L'Italia, increased it from four to eight pages and published in the morning instead of the afternoon; installed a special telegraphic service, and incorporated illustrations. Mr. Patrizi made L'Italia the most up-to-date and largest circulation of all foreign papers west of Chicago, Illinois.

Mr. Patrizi, through his newspaper L'Italia, was a major promoter of the opera. The newspaper sponsored parties for Italian opera stars with receptions for visiting Italian opera stars and composers held at Cavalli Book Store in North Beach. He corresponded with opera composers such as Verdi and Mascagni. Enrico Caruso, the renowned opera singer was a shareholder in the newspaper. Mr. Patrizi organized a fund-raising campaign to erect a memorial to Verdi, collecting eight thousand dollars which funded the statue of Verdi installed in Golden Gate Park in 1914.

L'Italia was published for 78 years until 1965. Its founder, Ettore Patrizi, was editor-publisher until 1942 when he was ordered by the government to leave the city as a "dangerous alien" because of what the Tenney commission considered to be his newspaper's pro-fascist views.

No charges were ever brought against him. Ettore Patrizi, who was 73 years old and a naturalized citizen of the United States since 1899, received his exclusion order while in the hospital.

Patrizi was also the author of Gl'Italiani in California; Stati Uniti d'America, a history of the Italian colony in California, specifically in San Francisco. The book was published in 1911, and was re-printed in 1991. 
Family links: 
  Erminia Cuneo Patrizi (1870 - 1949)
Note: Ettore Patrizi was entombed in the Garibaldi Family Chapel. His mother-in-law's maiden name was Garibaldi.
Italian Cemetery
San Mateo County
California, USA
Plot: Block 31, Lot B (Garibaldi Family Chapel)
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