|8th Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey|
May 22, 1950 – May 27, 1960
|Preceded by||Şükrü Saracoğlu|
|Succeeded by||Kazım Orbay|
Divriği, Sivas Province
|Died||June 17, 1974
|Political party||Turkish Democratic Party|
Refik Koraltan (1889, Divriği, Sivas Province – June 17, 1974, Istanbul) was a Turkish politician, having served as the Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) from May 22, 1950 to May 27, 1960.
Koraltan was born in Divriği, Sivas Province in 1889, the son of Ali Bey, a local leading citizen. After completing the primary and middle education in Divriği, Koraltan studied at Istanbul Mercan High School. He was graduated from Istanbul Faculty of Law.
Koraltan entered public service as an assistant prosecutor and became the Attorney General of Karaman in 1915. He was assigned as police inspector on March 2, 1918 and charged as Chief of Police of Trabzon on May 29, 1918. During this duty, he facilitated the establishment of the "Society of Defence of the National Rights to counteract the Pontus Rum Organizations" that started to appear after the end of World War I.
He was elected the TBMM as the Deputy of Konya in 1920 and reelected from the same city for three more terms.
He served briefly as governor of Konya Province before returning to the parliament six more terms. In 1946, he quit from the RPP and formed the Democratic Party together with Celal Bayar, Adnan Menderes and Mehmet Fuat Köprülü. Finally, he served as Speaker of the TBMM from May 22, 1950 until May 27, 1960, the military coup.
Koraltan died on June 17, 1974 in Istanbul, and is buried in Ankara.
Koraltan was married with four children.
Although he was known as Refik Koraltan, the name on his birth record was Bekir Refik.
- Bursa Gazeteciler Cemiyeti, VALİ (Bursa valileri)
- Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the General Directorate of Cultural Heritages and Museums
|Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey
May 22, 1950–May 27, 1960