The Birth of the Fascist Party in Italy
Member of the Italian Parliament
Milan, letter-head of Il Popolo d'Italia, 23 April 1921
Mussolini states his political candidacy in the electoral district of Milan-Pavia on the lists of the “Blocco Nationale” [Fascist Party] for the election of 15 May 1921. The 1921 election was the first at which the fascists competed as a party and they won 35 seats in Parliament, including Mussolini's. Within eighteen months he was Prime Minister of Italy.