Mihran Damadian

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Mihran Damadian
Birth name Mihran Damadian
Born 1863
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Died 1945 (aged 81–82)
Cairo, Egypt
Allegiance Social Democrat Hunchakian Party
Years of service 1890's—1920
Battles/wars Armenian Revolutionary Movement
Kum Kapu demonstration (1890)
1894 Sasun Resistance

Mihran Damadian (Armenian: Միհրան Տամատյան; 1863 – 1945) was an Armenian freedom fighter, political activist, writer and teacher.

He was educated in the Armenian Catholic Moorat-Raphaelian School at Venice, Italy. He then became a teacher in the Sassoun district. With Medzn Mourad, he led the Sassoun Resistance in 1894. He was captured and taken to prison where his captors broke his leg to prevent any possibility of escape.[1] He was sent in chains to Constantinople, and stayed for some time there in prison.

Mihran Damadian was a notable Hunchak (and subsequently a Reformed Hunchak which became known as Ramgavar) activist.[2] He was also the chief negotiator with the French authorities. As negotiator, he proposed that France take the mandate of independent Cilicia in 1920.[3] On 5 August 1920, Damadian declared the independence of Cilicia as an Armenian autonomous republic under French protectorate.[4]

He ran the gauntlet of Turkish guerrillas on the mountain road to Adana.[5]

His grand-grandson is opera singer Gerard Papazian.


  1. ^ Blackwell, Alice Stone. Armenian Poems, Rendered into English Verse. Boston, MA: Atlantic Printing Company, 1917
  2. ^ Revolutionary Figures by Mark D. Gavoor
  3. ^ Armenian Library & Museum of America to Honor the Forgotten Heroes of the Armenian Legion - The Armenian Reporter
  4. ^ Hovannisian, Richard, and Simon Payaslian. Armenian Cilicia. Costa Mesa: Mazda Publishers, Inc., 2008. 483. Print.
  5. ^ Double Vision: Reflections on My Heritage, Life, and Profession - by Ben Haig Bagdikian, p.83

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