Autograph letter signed 'Numan', addressed to Ahmed Ihsan Bey [Tokgöz], (1868-1942), who was a Turkish publisher, translator.
NUMAN MENEMENCIOGLU, (Turkish diplomat and politician), (1893-1958).
Dated Ankara, August 13, 929, Ankara.
Original manuscript autograph letter signed by Numan Menemencioglu, (1893-1958), as 'Hariciye Müstesâri', addressed to Ahmed Ihsan Bey [Tokgöz], (1868-1942), who was a Turkish publisher, translator. 20x14 cm. In Ottoman script. 1 p. on bifolium. Fourteen lines with extra autograph annotations. Hüseyin Numan Menemencioglu was a Turkish diplomat and politician. His father, Rifat, from the Aydin Province (west Turkey), was a civil servant and a Minister of Finance in the Ottoman Empire. His mother Feride, of Albanian origin, was the daughter of Namik Kemal, a well-known 19th-century intellectual. During his father's various service places, he was born in Baghdad (now in Iraq), graduated from the junior high school in Thessaloniki (now in Greece), and graduated from the high school in Istanbul. Then he traveled abroad to study in the law school of Lausanne University. After graduation, he began serving in the foreign office of the Ottoman Empire. After the occupation of İstanbul by the Allies of World War I, he began serving for the newly founded Turkey. He served in Bern, Bucharest, Budapest, and Beirut. After 1929 he was appointed as the secretary-general of the Ministry. He was a brilliant diplomat and he participated in such negotiations as the Straits ıssue (Treaty of Montreux) and Hatay issue (Hatay Republic). He went into politics and was elected as the Republican People's Party MP from Gaziantep Province. Between 9 July 1942 and 16 June 1944, in the 13th and the 14th government of Turkey, he was appointed as the Foreign Minister of Turkey. His term coincides with the Second World War. After politics, he resumed his diplomatic mission and was appointed as the ambassador to Paris and then Lisbon. After retirement, he returned to politics in the 1957 general elections and was elected as a Democrat Party MP from Istanbul Province.