1820 - 1907
Mkrtich Khrimyan (alternate spelling: Mugurditch Chrimian ,
Mgrdich Khrimyan) was immortalized when he was proclaimed “Hayrik”
(Father),” by his people. He was glorified as an advocate
for justice and it is his image that has been painted by numerous
Khrimyan was born in 1820, on April 4 (16) in Van, he received
his primary education in the place of his birth; in Lim and Ktuts
deserts he studied Grabar (old Armenian of Vth century) and Armenology.
At that period the young man’s plans were to research the
land of Armenia, her history and present state, to fight against
darkness and backwardness, to work for enlightenment and defend
its principles and finally to fight against injustice. To realize
his goals, he chose three ways: writing, printing and speech. Khrimyan
became an orator at a very early age. His speech was full of color
and emotion. However beautiful his words, it was the truth of life
that he expressed that made his oratory so passionate and effective.
Khrimyan completely dedicated himself to his native land; he focused
completely upon his nation.