CERRUTI, Giovanni Battista

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CERRUTI, Giovanni Battista (c. 1823-?), Genoese-born from the region of Leguria, a career diplomat who arrived in San Francisco in 1864. He became the first regular Italian consul in San Francisco, and served from June of 1864 until his departure in 1874. At the time of Cerruti's appointment, there were about 1000 Italians in the city. There was also widespread cooperation between the French and Italian communities of San Francisco, particularly among powerful businessmen.

Cerruti was a paesano of Nicola Larco, and friend of Frenchman, Justinian Caire. All three served on the board of directors of the French Savings and Loan Society, La Societe Francaise d’Espargnes et de Prevoyance Mutuelle. In 1869, they, along with seven others, became the founders of the Santa Cruz Island Company.


Upon Cerruti's departure from the post of Italian Consul, Count Diego Barrilis took office. Justinian Caire was executor of the will of G. B. Cerruti.


» Baccari, Alessandro & Andrew Canepa The Italians of San Francisco in 1865: G. B. Cerruti's Report to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in California History LX: 4 (350-369) 1981/1982


1870 Census: He’s 45, Italian Consul; she’s 23, keeping house Giovani Cerruti (c. 1825 Italy- ) ? = ? Agnese (c. 1847- )

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