March 10, 1910: Attilo Castigliano appointed consular agent for the Kingdom of Italy

Attilio Castigliano. (Image: Minnesota Historical Society)

On this day in 1910, future Duluthian Attila Castigliano was appointed consular agent for the Kingdom of Italy with jurisdiction over the state of Minnesota and northern Michigan. According to historian Walter Van Brunt, Castigliano “was born in Valperga in the Province of Torino, Italy, March 25, 1881. He graduated from the Agricultural College of Caluso in 1901, and four years later, on March 4, 1905, arrived in the United States. During the following four or five years he had an active business experience connected with the State Savings Bank of Laurium, Michigan.” When the appointment was made, he first moved to Hibbing, where his office was temporarily established; in August 1911 the office was transferred to Duluth, and Castigliano instantly became the most prestigious native Italian in the Zenith City. Van Brunt continues: “The duties of his office involve a general protection of the interests of the Italian people in the district where over seventy-five thousand Italians are living; more particularly the furnishing of Italian business concerns in Italy commercial and financial references; in administering to the estates of deceased nationals; promoting friendlier relations between the Italian element and the local public.” During the First World War, Castigliano’s office at Duluth supplied condensed milk and meat to Italian refuges, including one shipment of 92 train-car loads of meat from Kansas City valued at over $1 million. Castigliano gave “a great deal of his time to the Saving Stamp and Liberty Loan publicity both in Duluth and in St. Paul and Minneapolis. Through his efforts on October 12, 1919, the sum of 40,000 lire was collected in Duluth and remitted to the Italian War Orphans’ Relief Committee at Rome.” In 1926 Castigliano and his office moved to St. Paul. He died there in 1959. Read about more notable Duluthians here.

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