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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: Fâtih 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 5,229,959 page views. His biography is available in 96 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 95 in 2019). Mehmed the Conqueror is the 61st most popular politician (up from 79th in 2019), the 10th most popular biography from Turkey (down from 9th in 2019) and the 5th 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 61 out of 15,577Before him are Marcus Aurelius, Fidel Castro, Ahmed I, Martin Van Buren, Josip Broz Tito, and Benjamin Franklin. After him are Nicholas II of Russia, Henry Kissinger, John F. Kennedy, Margaret Thatcher, Caligula, and James K. Polk.

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Among people born in 1432, Mehmed the Conqueror ranks 1After him are Pope Innocent VIII, Afonso V of Portugal, Anne of Austria, Landgravine of Thuringia, Isabel of Coimbra, Alvise Cadamosto, Ahmad ibn Mājid, Hōjō Sōun, Bartolomeo Vivarini, 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, Bartolomeo Platina, Barbara of Brandenburg, Marquise of Mantua, Agostino di Duccio, Charles IV of Anjou, Erik Axelsson Tott, and Francesco Filelfo.

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Among people born in Turkey, Mehmed the Conqueror ranks 10 out of 1,301Before him are Thales of Miletus (-623), Saint Nicholas (270), Osman I (1254), Selim II (1524), Saint George (280), and Ahmed I (1590). After him are Heraclitus (-535), Murad III (1546), Selim I (1470), Galen (129), Murad IV (1612), and Anaximander (-610).


Among politicians born in Turkey, Mehmed the Conqueror ranks 5Before him are Suleiman the Magnificent (1494), Osman I (1254), Selim II (1524), and Ahmed I (1590). After him are Murad III (1546), Selim I (1470), Murad IV (1612), Mehmed III (1566), Mustafa I (1591), Murad I (1326), and Bayezid I (1354).