Alessandro Gavazzi(1809-1889), Preacher and patriot
Sitter in 4 portraits
Italian-born Alessandro Gavazzi initially became a monk, and acted as Professor of Rhetoric for the Barnabites at Naples. He left Italy after the capture of Rome by the French, and conducted a vigorous campaign against priests and Jesuits in England, Scotland and North America, partly by means of a periodical, the Gavazzi Free Word. While in England he was gradually converted to the Evangelical church, and became head and organiser of the Italian Protestants in London. Returning to Italy in 1860, he served as army chaplain with Giuseppe Garibaldi. In 1875 he founded the theological college of the Free Church in Rome, in which he taught dogmatics, apologetics and polemics.