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He was 63 years old (he was born on 26 June 1726 to Lodovico Alvise and Maria Basadonna).

He had been captain in Vicenza and Verona, podestà in Brescia and procurator of S. Marco de ultra since 15 November 1763.

He was convinced and authorised to abdicate: on 12 May 1797 he presented the part containing the abdication of the aristocracy in favour of democracy for the supreme good of the fatherland to the Great Council. The patricians threw their balls into the ballot box. Five hundred and thirty-seven patricians were present,' writes Molmenti, 'when by law at least six hundred would have been required. There was never any agreement on the number of voters: 512 yes, 20 no and 5 abstained; the patrician Lippomano, who was present, wrote in a letter to his son-in-law Querini in France that the part proposed by the doge passed with 704 yes, 12 no and 26 abstained; in his memoirs Doge Manin tells us that there were 704 yes, 15 no and 12 abstained.

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