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Benito Mussolini was born July 29 1883 near Predappio Italy He lived with his family in a small cottage attached to the school where his mother taught His mother was named Rosa Maltoni His father was a blacksmith named Alessandro Mussolini He had a brother named Arnaldo and a sister named EdvigeAs a child Benito was very strong willed unruly and violent He was also mostly a loner He actually preferred reading to playing with other children His parents thought he would do better at a boarding school so at age 9 he was sent to Salesian School He hated it there and was as violent as ever He threw an inkpot at a teacher and stabbed a child just to name a couple of his violent outbursts His parents then sent him to Royal Normal School a secular school He did much better there for it was less strict He also made some progress in his academic skills there In 1901 he graduated He became interested in politics there so became an apprenticeIn 1902 Mussolini qualified as a teacher Later he left Italy for Switzerland to work odd jobs and become a political activist In 1910 he got married to a lady named Rachele That same year they had a child named Edda In 1911 he got arrested for protesting the Libyan war Also that year he became editor of the Avanti newspaper Three years later he started his own newspaper called Il Popolo d ItaliaMussolini had another child named Vittorio and went off to fight in World War I It is said he also had three other children but their names and date of birth are unmentioned In 1917 he was wounded in a training exercise so returned home Mussolini was the founder and leader of Italian fascism an authoritarian political movement developed in Italy and other European countries as a reaction to social changes brought by World War I and the
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