Sokollu Mehmed Pasha

1505 - 1579

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Sokollu Mehmed Pasha (Ottoman Turkish: صوقوللى محمد پاشا, romanized: Ṣoḳollu Meḥmed Pașa, Turkish: Sokollu Mehmet Paşa; Serbian: Мехмед-паша Соколовић, romanized: Mehmed-paša Sokolović; pronounced [měxmet pâʃa sokǒːloʋitɕ]; 1506 – 11 October 1579) was an Ottoman statesman most notable for being the Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire. Born in Ottoman Herzegovina into an Orthodox Christian Serbian family, Mehmed was abducted at an early age as part of the Ottoman devşirme system of forcibly recruiting Christian boys to be raised to serve as a janissary. 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. He was assassinated in 1579, ending his near 15-years of service to several Sultans, as sole legal representative in the administration of state affairs.Although Sokullu was Muslim, he remembered his Serbian Orthodox roots and his family. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Sokollu Mehmed Pasha has received more than 408,196 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia. Sokollu Mehmed Pasha is the 366th most popular politician (down from 334th in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Bosnia and Herzegovina and the most popular 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 366 out of 15,577Before him are Herod Antipas, Shimon Peres, George V, Priam, Gerald Ford, and Chagatai Khan. After him are Władysław II Jagiełło, Eva Perón, Henry VI of England, John III Sobieski, Charles IX of France, and Dido.

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

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In Bosnia and Herzegovina

Among people born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Sokollu Mehmed Pasha ranks 3 out of 320Before him are Gavrilo Princip (1894) and Ratko Mladić (1942). After him are Ivo Andrić (1892), Alija Izetbegović (1925), Ante Pavelić (1889), Emir Kusturica (1954), Valerius Severus (300), Tvrtko I of Bosnia (1338), Goran Bregović (1950), Lala Mustafa Pasha (1500), and Prince Marko (1335).

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), Prince Marko (1335), Biljana Plavšić (1930), Zoran Đinđić (1952), Fikret Abdić (1939), Vojislav Šešelj (1954), and Vukašin of Serbia (1320).