Refik Koraltan

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Refik Koraltan
Refik Koraltan.jpg
8th Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey
In office
May 22, 1950 – May 27, 1960
Preceded by Şükrü Saracoğlu
Succeeded by Kazım Orbay
Constituency Konya Province
Personal details
Born 1889
Divriği, Sivas Province
Died June 17, 1974
Nationality Turkish
Political party Democratic Party

Refik Koraltan (1889 – June 17, 1974) 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. Although he was known as Refik Koraltan, the name on his birth record was Bekir Refik.[citation needed] After completing the primary and middle education in Divriği, Koraltan studied at Istanbul Mercan High School. He graduated from Istanbul Faculty of Law in 1914.

Political career[edit]

Refik Koraltan in the 1930s

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 as Governor of Bursa Province from 1939 to 1942.[1]

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 the Speaker of the TBMM from May 22, 1950 until May 27, 1960.

Koraltan died on June 17, 1974 in Istanbul, and is buried in Ankara.


Koraltan was married with four children.


  1. ^ Bursa Gazeteciler Cemiyeti, VALİ (Bursa valileri)


  • Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the General Directorate of Cultural Heritages and Museums
Political offices
Preceded by
Şükrü Saracoğlu
Speaker of the Parliament of Turkey
May 22, 1950–May 27, 1960
Succeeded by
Kazim Orbay