Artom, Isaac

(1829–1900)
   Italian diplomat. Coming from a distinguished Piedmontese family, Artom played an active role in the Risorgimento, the Italian struggle for independence from Austria. As a student, he fought in the 1848 revolt. He entered the diplomatic service, and became assistant to Count Cavour, the leading Italian statesman of the time. After serving as minister plenipotentiary to Denmark, he was a member of the Italian delegation to the peace negotiations with Austria in 1866. He was under-secretary of state for foreign affairs, 1870–6 and in 1877 was the first Jew to be elected to the Senate of the Italian kingdom. Another member of his family, Benjamin (1835–79), became chacham of the Sephardi community in London in 1866.

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