Samad Khan Momtaz os-Saltaneh

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Prince Samad Khan Momtaz os-Saltaneh
Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Minister in Paris
In office
April 1905 – March 1906
Appointed by Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar
Ambassador of Iran to France
In office
5 March 1946 – 27 September 1951
Personal details
Born 1869
Tabriz, Iran
Died March 1954
Paris, France
Religion Islam

Samad Khan Momtaz os-Saltaneh, or Momtaz ol Saltaneh (1869–26 March 1954) (in Persian : صمد خان ممتاز السطنه) was an Iranian diplomat of the Qajar and Pahlavi dynasty era.

Early life[edit]

Samad Khan Momtaz was born in 1869 in Tabriz[1] in an Azeri family. His father was Ali Akbar Mokrem os-Saltaneh (in Persian: میرزا علی اکبر مکرم‌ السلطنه), grandson of Samad Khan Sarraf (in Persian: آقا صمد صراف تبریزی) and his brothers were Momtaz Homayoun and Esmail Momtaz od-Dowleh,[2][3] His father was an eminent aristocrat and diplomat.[1]


In 1883, Samad Khan Momtaz os-Saltaneh was secretary to the legation of Persia in Paris. Later, he was embassy counsellor in St. Petersburg and participated in the European travels of Naser al-Din Shah Qajar and then Mozaffar ad-Din Shah Qajar. He was the Persian minister in Belgium and the Netherlands before being appointed Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Minister in Paris in April 1905. He remained at this position until March 1926.[1] He never returned to Iran and chose to live in Paris. He was recognized by the French government as counsellor of the Iranian embassy in Paris from 25 March 1946 to 27 September 1951. Samad Khan Momtaz os-saltaneh, was the second Persian IOC (International Olympic Committee) Member. His date of appointment was November 1923, and he remained a member until 22 April 1927, after the coronation of Reza Shah Pahlavi. At the conference of the International Red Cross of 1906, Momtaz os-Saltaneh wins to convince the assembly to accept the use of new emblems; The Red-Lion and Sun for Persia (no used since the 1979 Islamic revolution) and the Red Crescent for the rest of Islamic states.

Personal life[edit]

His first marriage, to an Iranian, resulted in a son, Abdollah, who would later become a diplomat in Iran. He had two daughters from a second marriage to a Frenchwoman. He died in 1955 in Paris and was buried at Père-Lachaise cemetery. In March 1921, Samad Khan was elevated to Prince by Ahmad Shah Qajar with the title of Royal Highness. He was a Grand Officier de la Légion d'honneur.[4][5]



  1. ^ a b c Kadkhodazadeh, Esmail. "A socio-political glimse at the first two "Persian" IOC members" (PDF). LA 84 Foundation. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Esmail Momtaz od-Dowleh, On
  3. ^ « Mirza Esmail Khan Momtaz od-Dowleh », Institute for Iranian contemporary historical Studies.
  4. ^ Iranian delegation at King Edward VII funeral, Hakimi's family site
  5. ^ Samad Momtaz ol-Saltaneh, On site

External links[edit]

  • New Age Journal of THURSDAY, JUNE 2, 1910 see page 99, "Foreign Affairs" By S. Verdad [1]