Cardinal Giorgio Cornaro (G-40)

Born: 1 August 1658, Venice

Died: 10 August 1722, Venice

CARDINAL GIORGIO CORNARO, the brother of Doge Giovanni Cornaro (G-38) in the S. Polo line of his family's Cornaro della Regina branch, received a degree in law from the University of Padua. After early travel and a budding political career, he joined the clergy. He was appointed Bishop of Rodi, 1692, and Padua, 1697. Pressure from Venice led Pope Innocent XII to elevate him to Cardinal, 1697. In 1721 Cardinal Giorgio was a strong candidate for Pope, losing his bid for the office to Pope Innocent XIII.

In the period from 1500 to 1789 nine members of the Cornaro family served as Cardinal, for a combined total of 150 years of service.

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