Damat Mehmed Ali Pasha

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Mehmed Ali
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
In office
October 3, 1852 – May 14, 1853
Monarch Abdülmecid I
Preceded by Mehmed Emin Aali Pasha
Succeeded by Mustafa Naili Pasha
Personal details
Born 1813
Hemşin, Ottoman Empire (modern-day Turkey)
Died 1868
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (modern-day Turkey)
Spouse(s) Adile Sultan

Damat Mehmed Ali Pasha (1813–1868) was an Ottoman statesman and diplomat. He served as the Grand Vizier from October 3, 1852 to May 14, 1853, on the eve of the Crimean War.[1] Along with Fuad Pasha and Mustafa Reşid Pasha, he was one of the main reformers of the Tanzimat era.

Mehmed Ali was born in Hemşin, a city along the Black Sea coast in modern Turkey, and was of ethnic Hemshin descent. He was the son of an Istanbul shopkeeper and worked in the translation office of the Ottoman Empire before being made Ottoman ambassador to the United Kingdom at the age of 26. He married Princess Adile Sultan, the daughter of sultan Mahmud II, and thus became "Damat" (Turkish: bridesgroom) to the Ottoman dynasty.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ http://rulers.org/rult.html#turkey
  2. ^ William L. Cleveland. "A History of the Modern Middle East", Westview Press, 2004, ISBN 0-8133-4048-9, p. 82.

Further reading[edit]

  • Inalcik, Halil (1998). Essays in Ottoman History. Istanbul: Eren. ISBN 975-7622-58-3. 

Political offices
Preceded by
Mehmed Emin Aali Pasha
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
Succeeded by
Mustafa Naili Pasha