Sokollu Mehmed Pasha

1505 - 1579

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Sokollu Mehmed Pasha (Ottoman Turkish: صوقوللى محمد پاشا, romanized: Sokollu Mehmet Paşa; Serbian Cyrillic: Мехмед-паша Соколовић, romanized: Mehmed-paša Sokolović; pronounced [měxmet pâʃa sokǒːloʋitɕ]; 1505 – 11 October 1579) was an Ottoman statesman of Serbian origin most notable for being the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire. Born in Ottoman Herzegovina into an Orthodox Christian family, Mehmed was recruited as a young boy as part of so called "blood tax" to serve as a janissary to the Ottoman devşirme system of recruiting Christian boys to be raised as officers or administrators for the state. He rose through the ranks of the Ottoman imperial system, eventually holding positions as commander of the imperial guard (1543–1546), High Admiral of the Fleet (1546–1551), Governor-General of Rumelia (1551–1555), Third Vizier (1555–1561), Second Vizier (1561–1565), and as Grand Vizier (1565–1579, for a total of 14 years, three months, 17 days) under three sultans: Suleiman the Magnificent, Selim II, and Murad III. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sokollu Mehmed Pasha has received more than 539,815 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia. Sokollu Mehmed Pasha is the 481st most popular politician (down from 363rd in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Bosnia and Herzegovina (down from 3rd in 2019) and the most popular Bosnian, Herzegovinian Politician.

Sokollu Mehmed Pasha was the Ottoman Grand Vizier from 1565 to 1579. He was most famous for his military conquests and reforms in the Ottoman Empire.

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Among politicians, Sokollu Mehmed Pasha ranks 481 out of 19,576Before him are Sukarno, Ferdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor, George I of Great Britain, Maximian, Hongwu Emperor, and Idi Amin. After him are Licinius, John Hunyadi, Letizia Ramolino, Neville Chamberlain, Yazid I, and Fulgencio Batista.

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Among people born in 1505, Sokollu Mehmed Pasha ranks 1After him are Mary of Hungary, Joachim II Hector, Elector of Brandenburg, Andrea Amati, Jane Boleyn, Viscountess Rochford, Michel de l'Hôpital, Juan de Valdés, Christine of Saxony, Mikołaj Rej, Christoph Amberger, Lambert Lombard, and Nikolaus Federmann. Among people deceased in 1579, Sokollu Mehmed Pasha ranks 1After him are Albert V, Duke of Bavaria, Joseph Nasi, Hans Staden, Gonzalo Jiménez de Quesada, Diego de Landa, Thomas Gresham, Ferenc Dávid, Vicente Juan Masip, Stanislaus Hosius, Simão Rodrigues, and Juan Fernández Navarrete.

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In Bosnia and Herzegovina

Among people born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sokollu Mehmed Pasha ranks 4 out of 375Before him are Gavrilo Princip (1894), Ivo Andrić (1892), and Ratko Mladić (1942). After him are Alija Izetbegović (1925), Ante Pavelić (1889), Goran Bregović (1950), Emir Kusturica (1954), Valerius Severus (300), Tvrtko I of Bosnia (1338), Lala Mustafa Pasha (1500), and Slobodan Praljak (1945).

Among POLITICIANS In Bosnia and Herzegovina

Among politicians born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sokollu Mehmed Pasha ranks 1After him are Alija Izetbegović (1925), Ante Pavelić (1889), Valerius Severus (300), Tvrtko I of Bosnia (1338), Lala Mustafa Pasha (1500), Zoran Đinđić (1952), Biljana Plavšić (1930), Vukašin of Serbia (1320), Boris Tadić (1958), Vojislav Šešelj (1954), and Milorad Dodik (1959).