Vittorio Emanuele Orlando (May 19, 1860 - December 1, 1952) was an Italian diplomat and political figure. He was born in Palmero, Italy. A liberal, he served in various roles in the governments of Antonio Salandra and Paolo Boselli. After the Italian military disaster at Caporetto on October 25, 1917, which led to the fall of the Boselli government, Orlando became Prime Minister, and continued in that role through the rest of the war. Although, as prime minister, he was the head of the Italian delegation at the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, Orlando's inability to speak English and his weak political position at home allowed the conservative foreign minister, Sidney Sonnino, to play a dominant role. Orlando resigned on 23 June1919, following his inability to acquire Fiume for Italy in the peace settlement.
Vittorio Emanuele Orlando (Palermo, May 19, 1860– Rome, December 1, 1952) served as Italy's Prime Minister in 1917 following the Italian army's humiliating defeat at Caporetto.
Always a strong proponent of Italy's role in the war, Orlando was encouraged in his support of the Allies on the basis of secret promises made by the latter, foreseeing significant Italian territorial gains in Dalmatia (Treaty of London, 1915).
In 1927 Orlando resigned from the Chamber of Deputies, serving thereafter in the Constituent Assembly.
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