(Khatisian) born on February 17, 1874, in Tiflis, in a family of a top
government official. Graduated from Tiflis State Gimnasia (1891), received
medical education in Moscow University and Kharkov University. In 1898, went
abroad, perfected himself in clinics, studied hygiene, public health care, and
municipal administration studies. In 1900, returned to Tiflis; in 1902, was
elected the speaker of the City Duma and advisor of Tiflis City Council; since
1905, was a member of the Town Council and joined Armenian
Revolutionary Party Dashnaktsutiun
(Union). Was a member of the 1905-1907 Revolution. Since 1907, was a deputy
mayor of the City of Tiflis; in 1910-1917, was the mayor of Tiflis. In 1912,
during the hearings of the so-called Dashnaktsutiun case in St. Petersburg, was
a witness. Since 1914, was a chairman of the Caucasian Committee of the Union of
the Cities. Was one of the organizers of Armenian volunteer detachments during
the WWI and assistance to Armenian refugees - victims of genocide of 1915-1916.
In 1915-1917, was elected the deputy chairman of Armenian National Bureau in
After the February Revolution of 1917, Khatisyan
joined the Dashnaktsutyun party. At the same time, Khatisyan headed
the Armenian National Bureau (until October 1917), presided at the
Meeting of Armenian political parties (March and April 1917), and took
part in Transcaucasian peasantry Congress in Tiflis in June 1917.
Khatisyan was one of the follower of the
"expectant management" (tactics of waiting) in the solution of the
Armenian issue, which he connected to stability and strength of the
democratic power in the center and with successful ending of the WWI
in the Caucasus. Totally supported the policies of the Interim
Government, in particular approved of the motto War till the
Victorious End. Participated in convoking the Armenian National
Meeting (congress of the eastern Armenian) and in creating the
Armenian National Council (September and October 1917).
In April 1918, with the formation of
Transcaucasian Democratic Federative Republic, was appointed the
Minister of Finance and Provisions, as well as the Minister of Charity
of Transcaucasian Seim Government. Took part in peace negotiations
with Turkey in Trapezund in February and in Batum in May. After the
independent Republic of Armenia on May 28, Khatisyan, together with H.
Kachaznuni, signed Batum Peace Treaty
on June 4. From August 1919 till May 1920, was the Prime Minister of
Republic of Armenia. In summer 1920, within the Government Bureau,
went abroad with a mission of organizing an internal loan in the
Armenian diaspora and "Gold Fund" for Armenia. On December 2, 1920, on
behalf of the government, signed Alexandropole treaty thus handing the
power in to Armenian Bolshevik Revolutionary Committee.
Emigrated to Paris, continued his political
activities within Armenian National Delegation - first as a deputy
chairman, then as a chairman. Took part in Lausanne Conference
(1922-1923) representing and defending the interests of the Armenian
people before the League of Nations. During the Nazi occupation of
Paris, Khatisyan moved to Porto, Portugal.
Deceased in Paris on March 10, 1945.