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Fu eletto il 23 luglio 1268 con l’ultima e definitiva riforma elettorale per l’elezione del doge approvata dal M.C. riunito all’interno della Basilica di S. Marco.

Si stabilirono 9 passaggi alternati di elezione e di sorteggio culminanti nella selezione dei 41 elettori che infine sceglievano il doge.

Lorenzo Tiepolo era stato, tra l’altro, conte di Veglia, podestà in diverse città (Treviso, Padova, Fermo e Fano) e aveva combattuto in Oriente come capitano generale da mar nel 1256, portando a Venezia i due pilastri acritani e la pietra del bando poi sistemati a fianco della Chiesa di S. Marco, verso la Porta della Carta da cui si accede a Palazzo Ducale.

Ebbe due mogli, Agnese Ghisi, che non divenne dogaressa, e Marchesina, nipote del basileus Giovanni e figlia del re di Serbia (Boemondo di Brienne), o forse del re di Romania.

Fu sepolto nell’arca dell’altro doge (Jacopo Tiepolo) sulla parete esterna della Chiesa di S. Giovanni e Paolo (Castello).

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