Mehmed Orhan

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Mehmed Orhan
Head of House of Osman
Term 9 December 1983 – 12 March 1994
Predecessor Ali Vâsib
Successor Ertuğrul Osman
Spouse Nafiye Yeghen
Margaretha Irma Fournier
Issue Fatma Necla Sultan
Mehmed Selim Orhan
House Imperial House of Osman
Father Prince Mehmed Abdul Kadir
Mother Mihriban
Born (1909-07-11)11 July 1909
Istanbul , Ottoman Empire
Died 12 March 1994(1994-03-12) (aged 84)
Nice, France
Religion Islam

Mehmed Orhan (Ottoman Turkish:محمد اورخان) (11 July 1909 – 5/12 March 1994) was the 42nd head of the Ottoman dynasty from 1983 to 1994. He succeeded as head of the Ottoman dynasty on 9 December 1983, following the death of Ali Vâsib. If reigning, he would have been styled as Sultan Orhan II.

Life[edit]

He was born at Serencebey Palace or at Kızıltoprak, Asia Minor, the son of Prince Mehmed Abdul Kadir, Captain of the Ottoman Army, by his second wife Mihriban whose marriage not recognised by the Imperial House, and grandson of Abdul Hamid II by his fourth wife Biydâr Kadın Efendi.

Mehmed Orhan worked as a shipbuilder in Brazil, a taxi driver in Beirut and Damascus, a cemetery attendant and an aide to King Zog of Albania. He died in Nice and was buried there.

In a 1990 feature in Life magazine, he said his legacy is "both sacred and laughable," and said, "To be Ottoman is to know how to breathe with time."[1]

Marriages and issue[edit]

Mehmed Orhan first married Nafiye Yeghen (Cairo, 1913 – ?) in January 1933 and later married Margaretha Irma Fournier in Paris in 1943. He had one daughter by first wife and one stepson by second wife:

  • Fatma Necla Sultan (born Cairo, 14 September 1933)
  • Mehmed Selim Orhan (born Paris, 3 October 1943)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kings in the Wings." Life. March 1990: 45.
Mehmed Orhan
Born: July 11 1909 Died: March 12 1994
Titles in pretence
Preceded by
Ali Vâsib
— TITULAR —
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire
9 December 1983 – 12 March 1994
Reason for succession failure:
Empire abolished in 1922
Succeeded by
Ertuğrul Osman