Luigi Cibrario, an Italian statesman and historian, born in Turin, Feb. 23, 1802, died at Salo in the province of Brescia, Oct. 1, 1870. He took his degree as doctor of civil and canon law in 1824, and devoted himself during a great portion of his life to historical research. He was for many years in the service of King-Charles Albert of Sardinia, and was sent by him on diplomatic missions to Switzerland, France, and Austria. In 1848 he took possession of Venice as commissioner of Sardinia, and the same year became a member of the senate. After the abdication of Charles Albert in 1849, he was sent to Oporto to endeav-or to induce the king to return, and wrote an account of that unsuccessful mission. He became a member of Victor Emanuel's cabinet in 1852, as minister of finance, and in 1855 was minister of foreign affairs under Cavour, which post he held during the Crimean war. In 1860 he became minister of state, and in the following year received the title of count. His historical works include histories of Turin, Geneva, and the kingdom of Savoy, notices of the princes of Savoy, a life of Charles Albert, and an account of the political economy of the middle ages.
He also published several volumes of novels, and editions of Petrarch and other eminent Italian writers.