Mehmed the Conqueror

1432 - 1481

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Mehmed II (Ottoman Turkish: محمد ثانى‎, romanized: Meḥmed-i s̱ānī; Turkish: II. Mehmed, pronounced [icinˈdʒi ˈmehmed]; 30 March 1432 – 3 May 1481), commonly known as Mehmed the Conqueror (Ottoman Turkish: ابو الفتح‎, romanized: Ebū'l-Fetḥ, lit. 'the Father of Conquest'; Turkish: Fatih Sultan Mehmed), was an Ottoman sultan who ruled from August 1444 to September 1446, and then later from February 1451 to May 1481. In Mehmed II's first reign, he defeated the crusade led by John Hunyadi after the Hungarian incursions into his country broke the conditions of the truce Peace of Szeged. When Mehmed II ascended the throne again in 1451 he strengthened the Ottoman navy and made preparations to attack Constantinople. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mehmed the Conqueror has received more than 4,669,837 page views. His biography is available in 95 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 92 in 2019). Mehmed the Conqueror is the 79th most popular politician (down from 71st in 2019), the 9th most popular biography from Turkey and the 3rd most popular Turkish Politician.

Mehmed the Conqueror is most famous for his conquest of Constantinople in 1453, which ended the Byzantine Empire.

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Among politicians, Mehmed the Conqueror ranks 79 out of 15,710Before him are Frederick I, Holy Roman Emperor, Selim II, Napoleon III, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Theodosius I, and Mary I of England. After him are Louis XV of France, Osman I, Selim I, James K. Polk, Henry IV of France, and Margaret Thatcher.

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Among people born in 1432, Mehmed the Conqueror ranks 1After him are Pope Innocent VIII, Afonso V of Portugal, Alvise Cadamosto, Isabel of Coimbra, Anne of Austria, Landgravine of Thuringia, Ahmad ibn Mājid, Bartolomeo Vivarini, Hōjō Sōun, and Luigi Pulci. Among people deceased in 1481, Mehmed the Conqueror ranks 1After him are Christian I of Denmark, Afonso V of Portugal, Lekë Dukagjini, Axayacatl, Ikkyū, Charles IV of Anjou, Bartolomeo Platina, Francesco Filelfo, and John I, Duke of Cleves.

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Among people born in Turkey, Mehmed the Conqueror ranks 9 out of 1,128Before him are Herodotus (-484), Suleiman the Magnificent (1494), Saint George (280), Heraclitus (-535), Thales of Miletus (-623), and Selim II (1524). After him are Osman I (1254), Selim I (1470), Diogenes (-404), Ahmed I (1590), Saint Nicholas (270), and Murad IV (1612).


Among politicians born in Turkey, Mehmed the Conqueror ranks 3Before him are Suleiman the Magnificent (1494) and Selim II (1524). After him are Osman I (1254), Selim I (1470), Ahmed I (1590), Murad IV (1612), Murad III (1546), Mehmed III (1566), Bayezid I (1354), Bayezid II (1447), and Abdul Hamid II (1842).