Mirza Hosein Khan Moshir od-Dowleh

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Mirza Hosein Khan Moshir od-Dowleh Sepahsalar
Mirza Hossein Khan Sepahsalar.jpg
Chancellor of Iran
In office
12 December 1871 – September 1873
Monarch Naser al-Din Shah
Preceded by Mirza Yousof Khan Ashtiani
Succeeded by Mirza Yousof Khan Ashtiani
Personal details
Born 1828
Died 1881
Mashhad, Persia
Political party Independent
Religion Twelver Shia Islam

Mirza Hosein Khan Moshir od-Dowleh Sepahsalar (Persian: میرزا حسین خان مشیرالدوله سهپسالار‎‎) or simply Mirza Hosein Sepahsalar (Persian: میرزا حسین سهپسالار‎‎) (1828–1881) was the prime minister of Iran (Persia) during the Qajar dynasty under king Naser od-Din Shah Qajar between 1871 and 1873.

After a successful career in the Iranian foreign service, serving in Tiflis, Mirza Hosein Khan was made ambassador to Istanbul during the great Ottoman reform period after 1856. He seems also to have been influenced by at least two reformist thinkers: Fatali Akhundov, whom he got to know well in Tiflis, and Mirza Malkam Khan, whom he met in Istanbul.

On becoming prime minister, he persuaded the Shah to grant a concession for railroad construction—the Reuter concession—and other commercial development projects to Baron de Reuter. Opposition from bureaucratic factions and clerical leaders, however, forced the Shah to dismiss his prime minister and cancel the concession.

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  • The Cambridge History of Iran 7; Peter Avery; Cambridge University Press, 1991
  • The History of Iran (The Greenwood Histories of the Modern Nations); Elton L. Daniel; 2000