Suat Hayri Ürgüplü

Ali Suat Hayri Ürgüplü (13 August 1903, Damascus, Ottoman Empire 26 December 1981, Istanbul, Turkey) was a Turkish politician. He served a brief term as Prime Minister of Turkey in 1965. He was also the last Prime Minister to be born outside the territory of present-day Turkey, being born in Damascus, which was then part of the Ottoman Empire.

Suat Hayri Ürgüplü
11th Prime Minister of Turkey
In office
20 February 1965  27 October 1965
Preceded byİsmet İnönü
Succeeded bySüleyman Demirel
Member of the Grand National Assembly
In office
14 May 1950  1952
In office
26 March 1939  21 July 1946
ConstituencyKayseri (1939, 1943, 1950)
Personal details
Born(1903-08-13)August 13, 1903
Damascus, Ottoman Empire[1]
DiedDecember 26, 1981(1981-12-26) (aged 78)
Istanbul, Turkey
Political partyJustice Party
Alma materIstanbul University Faculty of Law

Early life

Ürgüplü graduated from Galatasaray High School. He was the descendant of a distinguished line of Ottoman religious scholars and administrators. His father was the celebrated Sheikh ul-Islam Ürgüplü Hayri Efendi, minister of religious affairs under the Committee of Union and Progress (or Young Turk) regime of 1913-1918.


After a brief career as a judge, Ürgüplü entered the Parliament in 1939 and served as Minister of Customs and Public Monopolies in the Şükrü Saracoğlu cabinet in 1947-1948. He returned to the senate of Parliament in 1961 and was its chairman November 27, 1963November 6, 1963. Ürgüplü was asked to form a non-partisan caretaker cabinet after the collapse of Premier İsmet İnönü's coalition government in 1965. The cabinet was formed on 5 February, and served until the parliamentary elections of 10 October, although it never received a vote of confidence in Parliament.

Ürgüplü continued to serve in the senate until 1972. He died on 27 December 1981 in Istanbul[2] and was interred at the Edirnekapı Martyr's Cemetery.


  1. İrfan, Neziroğlu; Yılmaz, Tuncer (2014), Başbakanlarımız ve Genel Kurul Konuşmaları: Cilt 5, Türkiye Büyük Millet Meclisi, p. 34, Suat Hayri Ürgüplü. 13 Ağustos 1903 tarihinde Şam’da doğdu.
  2. "Suat Urguplu, 78, Dies; Ex-Premier of Turkey". The New York Times. 1981-12-27. Retrieved 2008-11-09.
Political offices
Preceded by
İsmet İnönü
Prime Minister of Turkey
20 Feb 196527 Oct 1965
Succeeded by
Süleyman Demirel

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