Boghos Bey Yusufian (1775 - 1844) was Egypt's Minister of Commerce, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and secretary of Muhammad Ali Pasha.[1]

Boghos Yousefian
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Born1775 (1775)
Smyrna, Ottoman Empire
Died1844 (1845)
Ottoman Egypt
OccupationHigh Ranked Politician and Secretary of Ottoman Egypt

BiographyEdit

His parents were Marta and Hovsep, who was an Armenian merchant from Kayseri. They later settled in Smyrna and had Boghos as their first child. He then assisted his uncle Arakel Abroyan, the then Dragoman of the British Consulate in Izmir. Arakel Abroyan passed on the post of dragoman to Boghos. Boghos Yusufian then gained his commercial expertise by leading a trading center based in the city of Trieste. In the 1790s, Boghos Bey Yusufian became customs officer of Muhammad Murad Bey in the city of Rosette. Boghos Bey Yusufian was such a successful merchant that he was invited by Governor Mohamed Ali to become his secretary and partner. Boghos Bey was appointed the Wali’s chief dragoman, translator, first counselor, official spokesman, Minister of Commerce and Foreign Affairs, and for decades Boghos Yusufian became Egypt’s leading statesman. The Wali placed such implicit trust in him that he signed documents even before they were drafted by Boghos Bey.[1][2] Boghos Yousefian is considered the first Christian in Egypt to have been granted the title of Bey.[2]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Hunter, F. Robert (1999). Egypt under the khedives, 1805-1879 : from household government to modern bureaucracy. Cairo, Egypt: American University in Cairo Press. p. 283. ISBN 9789774245442.
  2. ^ a b "Armenians in Egypt". Embassy of Armenia to Egypt.