Latife Uşşaki
First Lady of Turkey
Latife Uşşaki
Latife Uşakizâde was Mustafa Kemal Pasha's wife between 1923 and 1925. She was related from her father's side to Turkish novelist Halit Ziya Uşaklıgil. She was born in 1898 in İzmir to one of the most prominent trading families of the city, with roots in the city of Uşak, whence their unofficial family name of Uşakizâde.
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  • 1975
    Age 76
    Lâtife Hanım lived the rest of her days in İzmir and İstanbul, in virtual seclusion, avoiding contacts outside her private circle until her death in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details She never remarried, and remained silent about their relationship throughout her life. As late as 2005, her family has rejected proposals to make her diary and letters public. A comprehensive but also controversial biography of Latife Hanım by the veteran Cumhuriyet journalist İpek Çalışlar was published in 2006.
  • 1925
    Age 26
    However, the relationship between her and her husband was cut short after the summer of 1925. They divorced on August 5, 1925.
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  • 1923
    Age 24
    They married on January 29, 1923, when Mustafa Kemal Pasha had returned to İzmir just after his mother Zübeyde Hanım's death.
    More Details Hide Details For two and a half years, Lâtife Hanım symbolized the new face of Turkish women as a first lady who was very present in public life which, in Turkey, was a novelty by the standards of her day. She was a very important theme in the reforms which began in Turkey in the 1920s for the so-called emancipation of women. No doubt influenced by her husband's staunch secularism, she discarded her Islamic head covering and urged Turkish women to do the same.
  • 1922
    Age 23
    On September 11, 1922, upon hearing that Mustafa Kemal Pasha was in İzmir after its re-capture by the Turkish army, she went to his headquarters and offered him the opportunity to stay in her family mansion in the Göztepe neighbourhood for security reasons.
    More Details Hide Details Atatürk was pleased to accept and their relationship started.
  • 1919
    Age 20
    She completed her high school studies in İzmir and in 1919 she went abroad to study Law in Paris and London.
    More Details Hide Details When she came back to Turkey, the Turkish War of Independence was nearing its end without being over yet.
  • 1898
    She was born in 1898 in İzmir to one of the most prominent trading families of the city, with roots in the city of Uşak, whence their unofficial family name of Uşakizâde.
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