İvaz Mehmet Pasha
|İvaz Mehmet Pasha
17 March 1739-22 June 1740
Early life 
His family was among the group of families known as Evlad'ı Fatihan, i.e., descendants of the early Turkish fighters in Rumeli, the European portion of the empire. Upon the recommendation of his father he worked in the courts of several statesmen. During the War of Holy League (1683-1699) he was in the battle front near Belgrade (in modern Serbia) Before the war was over, he travelled to Jeddah (in modern Saudi Arabia) as the chamberlain (Turkish: kethüda). In 1730s he came to İstanbul, the capital as a bureaucrat of the empire. 1735 he was promoted to be the vizier and he was appointed as the governor of Vidin (in modern Bulgaria). At the outbreak of the Russo-Austrian-Turkish War (1735–1739) he fought against Austrians with a relatively small provincial force. His efforts proved to be valuable.After the main army arrived at the front he was one of the commanders of the army.
As a grand vizier 
On March 1739, he was appointed as the grand vizier, the highest post in the empire other than that of the sultan. On 21 July 1739 he commanded the Ottoman army in the Battle of Grocka where Austrians commanded by Count of Wallis were defeated. After the battle, he laid a siege on Belgrade and by the consequent Treaty of Belgrade he was able to capture the city. Although he returned to İstanbul as a victorious commander, he wasn't so successful in civil administration. He was inefficient during the great fires of İstanbul and a rebellion which was subdued by the other statesmen of the empire. So the sultan dismissed him on 22 June 1740.
Later years 
In later years, he was a provincial governor. But in just three years span he was sequentially appointed to so many districts that in most cases before inauguration, he had to leave for the next place of duty. These are Habesh (roughly the narrow coastal strip of modern Eritrea), Chania (in Crete, modern Greece), Thessaloniki (modern Greece) Bosnia (modern Bosnia and Herzegovina), Eğriboz (island of Euboea, Greece) and İnebahtı (Lepanto, modern Greece). In 1743 he died in Lepanto.
See also 
- İsmail Hâmi Danişmend, Osmanlı Devlet Erkânı, Türkiye Yayınevi, İstanbul, 1971 (Turkish)
- Ayhan Buz: Osmanlı Sadrazamları, Neden Kitap,2009, İstanbul,ISBN 978-975-254-278-5 p.222-226
Yeğen Mehmed Pasha
17 March 1739 – 22 June 1740
Nişancı Ahmed Pasha