Ioannis Pesmazoglou

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Ioannis Pesmazoglou
Ιωάννης Πεσμαζόγλου
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Born 1857
Died 1906
Nationality Greek
Occupation banker and politician

Ioannis Pesmazoglou (Greek: Ιωάννης Πεσμαζόγλου; 1857–1906) was a Greek banker, economist and politician.

Ioannis Pesmazoglou was from Constantinople (now Istanbul), although his family originate from Enderlik, in Cappadocia.[1] Pesmazoglou studied economic sciences in Paris and in the beginning, he was employed at the Crédit Lyonnais bank in Alexandria, Egypt. In 1882, he became head of the Anglo-Egyptian Bank, before returning to Athens, where he founded his own bank. In 1897, Pesmazoglou's bank was merged with the Bank of Athens, of which he now became chairman. Pesmazoglou remained a member of the board of the Bank of Athens until his death.

Pesmazoglou also founded the Privileged Company for the Protection of Currants (Eniaia or Eniea) as well as the Wine and Alcohol Company as measures to combat the acute financial crisis resulting from the plummeting prices of Corinthian raisins, one of the country's chief exports. He also funded the establishment of night schools for the Athens Trade Employees Union. From 1900 he became involved in politics, being elected a member of the Greek Parliament representing Athens, Elis and Messenia.

His sons were Andreas, Stefanos and Georgios. His son Andreas entered the Greek Navy and died in 1927 at age 27 and Stefanos became a journalist, founding the newspaper Proia.


  1. ^ United States. Congress. House. Committee on Immigration and Naturalization. (1923). Alien seamen, insane aliens, statements on various immigration problems : hearing before the Committee on Immigration and Naturalization, House of Representatives, Sixty-seventh Congress, fourth session, on H.R. 14273 (with text of bill as reported by committee). January 30 and February 6, 1923. Washington : G.P.O. OCLC 43327122. Mavrofrydes was professor of Greek literature in the University of Athens. Karolides is now professor of history in the same institution, and both were from Enderlik, a village of Caesarea. Archbishop John of Caesarea, one of the greatest ecclesiastics of the modern Greeks, came from Indiesou, a village of Caesarea, Pesmazoglou, one of the founders of the Bank of Athens, was of Enderlik. 
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