5' 8½" (1.74 m)
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There are two Mustafa Kemals. One the flesh-and-blood Mustafa Kemal who now stands before you and who will pass away. The other is you, all of you here who will go to the far corners of our land to spread the ideals which must be defended with your lives if necessary. I stand for the nation's dreams, and my life's work is to make them come true.
He enforced the new Turkish alphabet in 1928. It was one of the biggest changes in any alphabet (Turkish was previously written in Arab script, know as Ottoman). The letter o-umlaut allegedly came from Swedish, u-umlaut from German, s-cedilla from Romanian, c-cedilla from French, and the g-breve was introduced with the new alphabet.
The massive reforms he enacted during his tenure as President of Turkey