Pietro Fregoso

Pietro Fregoso (or Campofregoso; 1330 – 22 April 1404) was a statesman who became the 13th Doge of Genoa.

Pietro Fregoso
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12th Lifetime Doge of the Republic of Genoa
In office
15 July 1393 – 16 July 1393
Preceded byAntoniotto Montaldo
Succeeded byClemente Promontorio
Personal details
Born1330
Genoa, Republic of Genoa
DiedGenoa, Republic of Genoa
22 April 1404
Political partyPopolari

BiographyEdit

His birth date is not known precisely but his father was Rolando Fregoso and his mother Manfredina Fregoso. His brother Domenico was elected doge in 1370, and his nephew Giacomo became doge in 1390.

Pietro became bachelor of law and joined the family's business involved in trade with the Orient. On the political scene, he obtained a number of positions including the role of Podestà of the city of Novi and, in 1373, he became admiral of the Republic and was in charge of the conquest of Cyprus. For his success in the Aegean, he was given a palace in Genoa, then ruled by his brother.

On July 15, 1393, at the age of 63, he was elected doge after the ruling doge Antoniotto di Montaldo had stepped down for unknown reasons. But Pietro retained the dogeship only one day and ceded the position the very next day to Clemente Promontorio. After this short episode, Pietro continued his political career, in particular as member of the Council of the commune until his death on April 22, 1404.

His daughter Pomellina was regent of Monaco on behalf of her granddaughter, Claudine Grimaldi.