Alexander Karatheodori Pasha

Alexander Karatheodori Pasha (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Καραθεοδωρής; 1833–1906) was an Ottoman Greek statesman and diplomat. He was involved in diplomatic affairs following the aftermath of the Russo-Turkish War of 1877–78.

Alexander Karatheodori

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Prince of Samos
In office
Preceded byKonstantinos Adosidis
Succeeded byGeorgios Verovits
Wali of Crete
In office
November 1878 – December 1878
Preceded byAhmed Muhtar Pasha
Succeeded byIoannis Photiades Pasha
Wali of Crete
In office
May 1895 – December 1895
Preceded byIskander Pasha
Succeeded byTurhan Pasha Përmeti
Personal details
Constantinople (now Istanbul), Ottoman Empire
ChildrenConstantin Carathéodory
MotherLokua Hanım of Mavrocordatos family, daughter of Alexandros Mavrokordatos
FatherStefanaki Karatodori


Born in Constantinople (now Istanbul) as a child of a leading Phanariote family. His father, Stefanos Karatheodori, was the personal physician of Sultan Mahmud II. After law studies in Paris, like many Phanariote Greeks he pursued a career in the civil service of the Ottoman Empire. In 1874 he was appointed ambassador to Rome, and in 1878 he took part in the preliminary negotiations with Russia over the Treaty of San Stefano. Several months later was sent to Germany as the head commissioner of the Porte to the Congress of Berlin. There he was successful in changing the San Stefano peace terms in favour of the Ottoman Empire (Treaty of Berlin).

In November 1878, he was appointed Governor-General of Crete with the task of calming the island's tense situation, which had descended into near-civil war due to tensions between the Christian and Muslim inhabitants of the island. Soon however, in December 1878, he was recalled and became Ottoman Minister of Foreign Affairs, a post he held until he resigned from it in 1879.

Karatheodori finished his career as the Porte-appointed Prince of the autonomous Greek island of Samos for a full decade (1885-1895). In May 1895 he was again appointed Governor of Crete amidst renewed inter-communal tension, but was unsuccessful in restoring order and resigned in December.

He died in Constantinople. Another member of his family—his brother Konstantinos Karatheodoris (1841–1922)—later succeeded him for a brief princely rule in Samos in 1906.