Lala Mehmed Pasha

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Tekeli Mehmed

Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
In office
19 November 1595 – 28 November 1595
MonarchMehmed III
Preceded byKoca Sinan Pasha
Succeeded byKoca Sinan Pasha
Personal details
Gölmarmara, Ottoman Empire
Died28 November 1595
Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (Modern Turkey)
Halime Hatun Religious Complex in Gölmarmara built by the sultan Mehmed III during his tenure in Manisa (1583-1595) in the name of his wet nurse and future grand vizier Tekeli Lala Mehmed Pasha's mother-in-law Halime Hatun.

Lala Mehmed Pasha (died 28 November 1595) was an Ottoman military commander and grand vizier of the Ottoman Empire under the reign of Mehmed III.[1]

Born in Gölmarmara in western Anatolia, he became a lala (tutor) to the sultan Murad III and then to his son Mehmed III, hence his nickname. After having married the daughter of Mehmed III's daye (wet nurse) Halime Hatun, Mehmed Pasha rose to serve as grand vizier in 1595, the first year of Mehmed III's reign, although only for a matter of few days before he suddenly died,[1][2] his lineage continued for centuries, coming all the way to Huseyin Avni Pasha.

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  1. ^ a b İsmail Hâmi Danişmend, Osmanlı Devlet Erkânı, Türkiye Yayınevi, İstanbul, 1971 (Turkish)
  2. ^ Leslie P. Peirce (1993). The Imperial Harem: Women and Sovereignty in the Ottoman Empire ISBN 978-0-19-508677-5. Oxford University Press, USA. templatestyles stripmarker in |title= at position 66 (help)
Political offices
Preceded by
Koca Sinan Pasha
Grand Vizier of the Ottoman Empire
19 November 1595 – 28 November 1595
Succeeded by
Koca Sinan Pasha