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Orhan I

Orhan I was the bey (chief) of the newborn Ottoman Empire (at the time known as the Osmanli tribe) from 1326 to 1359. Orhan conquered most of eastern Anatolia and took part of the political gambling in the Byzantine Empire by marrying the daughter of a Byzantine prince who was a rival to the king. When the prince - with Orhan's support - overthrew the king, Orhan acquired the Dardanelles and the peninsula of Gallipoli as a gift and established the first Turkish territory in Europe.

Preceded by:
Osman I
1299-1326
Orhan I
1326 to 1359
Succeeded by:
Murad I
1359-1389



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