Damat Ferid Pasha
|Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire|
5 April 1920 – 21 October 1920
|Preceded by||Salih Hulusi Pasha|
|Succeeded by||Ahmet Tevfik Pasha|
4 March 1919 – 2 October 1919
|Preceded by||Ahmet Tevfik Pasha|
|Succeeded by||Ali Rıza Pasha|
Constantinople (Istanbul), Ottoman Empire
|Died||6 October 1923 (aged 69–70)
Damat Ferid Pasha (1853 – 6 October 1923) (full name Damat Mehmed Adil Ferid Pasha Efendi) was an Ottoman statesman who held the office of Grand Vizier during two periods under the reign of the last Ottoman Sultan Mehmed VI Vahdeddin, the first time between 4 March 1919 and 2 October 1919 and the second time between 5 April 1920 and 21 October 1920. Officially, he has been brought to the office a total of five times, since his cabinets were recurrently dismissed under various pressures and he had to present new ones. 
He was born in 1853 in Istanbul, son of İzzet Efendić, a member of the Ottoman Council of State (Şûrâ-yı Devlet) and Governor of Beirut and Sidon in 1857, who was born in the village of Potoci near Pljevlja, in today's Montenegro. In 1879, Ferid was enrolled at the Schools of Islamic charities in Sidon. He served several positions in Ottoman administration before he entered the foreign office of the Ottoman Empire and was assigned to different posts at embassies in Paris, Berlin, St. Petersburg, and London. He married a daughter of Abdülmecid I, Mediha Sultan, which earned him the title of "Damat" ("bridegroom" to the Ottoman dynasty). Like his father, he became a member of the Şûrâ-yı Devlet in 1884 and earned the title of vizier soon afterwards. Refused the post of ambassador in London by the sultan Abdülhamid II, he resigned from public service and returned only after two decades, in 1908, as a member of the Senate of the Ottoman Parliament.
On 11 July 1919, Damat Ferid Pasha officially confessed to massacres against Armenians and was a key figure and initiator of the war crime trials held directly after World War I to condemn to death the chief perpetrators of the genocide.
His first office as grand vizier coincided with the Occupation of Smyrna by the Greek army and the ensuing tumultuous period. He was dismissed on 30 September 1919, but after two short-lived governments under Ali Rıza Pasha and Hulusi Salih Pasha, the sultan had to call him back to form a new government on 5 April 1920. He remained as grand vizier until 17 October 1920, forming two different cabinets in between.
His second office coincided with the closure of the Ottoman Parliament under pressure from the British and French forces of occupation. Along with four other notables, he agreed to sign the Treaty of Sèvres, comprising disastrous conditions for Turkey, which caused an uproar of reaction towards him. However, he was not one of the signatories of the Treaty itself (see the signatories in the official text of the Treaty of Sevres)He retorted by becoming increasingly hostile to the new nationalist movement led by Mustafa Kemal Pasha, which was centered in Ankara; Damat Ferid Pasha began to increasingly collaborate with the Allied occupation forces.
Even after his dismissal, and the formation of a new Ottoman government under Ahmet Tevfik Pasha, he remained widely disliked (especially in Anatolia) and with the Turkish victory in the Greco-Turkish War (1919–1922), he fled to Europe. He died in Nice, France, on 6 October 1923 and was buried in the city of Sidon, Lebanon.
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- Gunnar Heinsohn: Lexikon der Völkermorde. Reinbek 1998. Rowohlt Verlag. p. 80 (German)
- Armenian Genocide Survivors Remember. Queens Gazette. Retrieved 21 January 2013
- RECOGNIZING THE 81ST ANNIVERSARY OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE. United States Government Printing Office. Retrieved 21 January 2013
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