On July 29, 1883, Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was born. Growing up Benito was known as a bully and a hooligan. At one point in his childhood he ended up stabbing a boy at school (Dalzell, 2008). He was never a well behaved child, and some thought that it was because he took after his father, Alessandro Mussolini, who was a strong supporter of the socialist standards.
In 1902, at the age of 19, Benito Mussolini relocated to Switzerland where he became a school teacher. He continued this career until parents began to think that he was a bad example for the children. Benito was a gambler, drank a lot and loved womanizing. Once his career as a teacher was over he began to bounce from job to job. He was a bricklayer, chocolate factory worker and an anarchist all in a two year period. After the two years of basically getting no where Benito became known as a ÃÂviolent and impulsiveÃÂ young man and was kicked out of the country of Switzerland (Schoenherr, 2006).
Rise to PowerIn 1904, Benito returned to his birthplace of Predappio, Italy. He became a journalist in the socialist press. In 1910 he became the editor of Avanti! a newspaper that supported the socialist standards (Schoenherr, 2006). When World War I began in 1914, Mussolini felt that is was imperialist and strayed away from socialism. He soon began his own newspaper naming it ÃÂPopolo dÃÂ ItaliaÃÂ. This means ÃÂthe People of ItalyÃÂ, which later was the beginning of the Fascist Movement (Dalzell, 2008).
September 1915, Benito Mussolini was drafted into the Italian army, where he later was injured by an exploding grenade during training. He was honorably discharged from the armed forces and returned to his Popolo dÃÂ Italia newspaper in June 1917.