1. Hussein Mahmoud Tahouk
Born in Aley in 1846.
Educated through private teachers, after his father died at the age of 14.
Managed his father’s properties.
He built the Souk – Sayat – Aley and had more than 20 merchant shops.
He opened the road from the Souk in Aley to m’Sheikh district.
He participated actively in tourism and helped to create a name for Aley as a summer tourist destination.
He built Khan Sheikh (Round Point).
He convinced family friends – including Boustros – to buy and build property in Aley – they built two castles.
He married Zalfa Assaad Talhouk and had three sons – Nassib, Mahmoud and Jamil, and three daughters – Latifi, Sharifi and Amilia.
He was the manager of the western area (Aley) in 1893, for three years.
In 1916, during WWI, he died.
2. Najib Mahmoud Talhouk
Born in Aley in 1853.
Like his older brother Hussein, he studied at home with private teachers.
He built a castle in Aley – m’Sheikh area – and brought furniture from Europe.
He was also manager of the western area – In 1896, after his brother was retired, he occupied the position for three years.
He married Faridi Melhem Talhouk.
He had two sons – Farid and Ramis, and two daughters – Anisi and Asma.
He died in 1907, at the age of 54.
3. Melhem Nassif Talhouk
Born in Aley in 1851.
He also received his education at home, from private teachers.
He completed his studies in Beirut at Al Hekmeh.
He was close friends with the Fakhieh family.
He built a beautiful home in Aley, next to his cousin Najib Mahmoud Talhouk.
He was the accountant for the government, for the region of Mount Lebanon.
He was friends with Nemer Chamoun, father of the President Camille Chamoun.
He died suddenly in Aley in 1887.
He married Zain Assaad Talhouk.
He had two sons – Amin and Ibrahim, and three daughters – Latifi, Sharifi and Faridi
4. Mahmoud Hussein Talhouk
Born in Aley in 1872.
He studied in Beirut at Al Hekmeh.
He was also appointed manager of the western district in 1902, and remained in that position for two years.
He was the first mayor of Aley – in 1908, and retained that position for four years.
He brought the water from Hammana to Aley, financing the project with 100 gold lira.
In 1927, he was again appointed mayor of Aley Council. He resigned from the position after his brother, Jamil, was elected to Parliament.
He encouraged tourism in Aley and assisted many families to establish their base in Aley.
He monitored the construction work of the Hotel Gebeily for the Gebeily brothers, as though it was his own project.
He married Adele Mohamed Nassif Talhouk.
He had two sons – Fadlallah and Hussein, and three daughters – Wadad, Latifi, Roda.
He died in Aley in 1960 and was buried in the family cemetery.
5. Dr. Jamil Hussein Talhouk
Born in 1884 in Aley.
Graduated as a doctor from the AUB, his father sent him to London to study as a specialist.
When he returned, he opened a clinic and pharmacy in Aley.
He donated his services to those in need.
In 1914, he served as a doctor in the Ottoman Army, closing his pharmacy until the end of WWI.
In 1922, he served in the Lebanese parliament for 12 years – in the ministries of health and agriculture.
In 1953, he was (again) mayor of Aley and held that position for two years, before resigning for health reasons.
Towards the end of his life, Kamal Joumblatt visited him on a weekly basis, where they would discuss the interests and needs of the people of the Mountain region.
He was friends with Abdul Hamid Karame, when they were both members of Parliament.
When Karame went to Egypt to attend Arab Congress meetings, he appointed Dr Jamil in charge of the Parliament – Head of Senate – he was the only Druze politician to have ever held that position.
He married Samia Hamad Talhouk and had two sons – Afif and Sami.
He was buried in Aley
6. Najib Mohamed Talhouk
Born in Aley in 1892.
Studied in Beirut at Al Hakmeh.
He was mayor of Aley, and one of the most wealthy members of the family.
He married Bahia Nakkade
He had four sons – Mohamed, Omar, Abdul Munim and Khaled, and two daughters – Aida and Dimona.
Abdul Munim and Dimona lived overseas.
7. Ibrahim Melhem Talhouk
Born in Aley in 1884
Studied in Beirut at University St Joseph and graduated in 1901, was in charge of the western Aley district for 10 years.
In 1916 he left with his family to live in Araya, and looked after the family property. He remained in Araya for 2 years.
On 11 November 1918 he returned to Aley and the French government appointed him in charge of the western area. After 18 months, he was transferred to Choueifat.
He presided in the Military Court until he retired.
He was give the title Baek.
He married Hafiza Abdel Malak.
He had four sons – Milhem, Nassif, Salim and Fouad.
He died in 1957 and was buried in the family cemetery in Aley.
8. Melhem Ibrahim Talhouk
Born in Aley in 1908
He studied law and graduated in 1932, and continued studying and teaching law for a further nine years.
In 1941, under the presidency of Alfred Naccache, he was appointed Head of the High Court. He retained this position until 1945.
In 1950, he was appointed by the Lebanese government as the first ambassador in Brazil. He later served as an advisor to the Lebanese Embassy in Madrid, where he stayed for two years. He went on to become Ambassador to Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia and Peru.
IN 1966, he was appointed head of the Department of Education in Lebanon, and signed two agreements with Italy and Belgium in 1972.
He was awarded Badges of Honour in many countries, including Lebanon, Colombia, Peru, Belgium and Italy.
9. Abdul Munim Talhouk
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10. Salim Ibrahim Talhouk
Born in 1914
He studied at University Saint Joseph, and after graduating was employed by the French Army.
After the 1943 independence, he was in charge of the Ministry of Defence.
He retired in 1978 and was awarded the Medal of Honor Cedars.
He married Ina’am Hassib Abdel Malak. He had two sons – Samir and Sami
11. Fadlallah Mahmoud Talhouk
Born in 1915, the son of Mahmoud Hussein Talhouk.
He studied at University Saint Joseph and after graduating became president of an American company (Aramco).
After the retirement of his uncle, Dr Jamil Talhouk, he was elected mayor of Aley, and Kamal Joumblatt honoured him by placing an abaya over his shoulders.
In 1960, he became a member of Parliament, for 12 years, until 1972.
He had three sons – Adil, Riad and Fadi, and two daughters – Adele and Hala.
The image below includes Fadlallah Talhouk, with Sheikh Mohammed Abu Shakra and Emir Majid Arlsan, in 1958.
12. Hussein Mahmoud Talhouk
Born in 1919
He studied at Universal College in Aley, then graduated in law in Beirut.
He practised law in Aley, before becoming a judge and transferred to Saida.
He then became a judge in the Military Court in Beirut.
He transformed his father’s home in Aley – it was more than 200 years old, the first family home for the Talhouks in Aley.
He married Amal Hamdan.
He had one son – Ziad, and two daughters – Zalfa and Hind.
13. Afif Jamil Talhouk
Born in Aley in 1925
Studied at Aley Universal College, then AUB.
He worked in the US Embassy.
Later, he lectured in business management, and managed his brother’s properties.
He married Iqbal Badih Nakkade.
He had two sons – Jamil and Mazen, and two daughters.
14. Dr Sami Jamil Talhouk
Born in Aley in 1927
He studied at Universal College in Aley, then AUB.
In 1957 he went to the USA, and became a specialist in the treatment of leukaemia.
He later returned to Lebanon and lectured at the Lebanese University.
In 1975, he returned to the US, and lectured in Las Angeles.
He was married with two daughters.
15. Toufic Melhem Talhouk
Born in Aley in 1939
He studied in the Freres University, Beirut
then studied in Madrid and Alexandria
He returned to Beirut and lectured in law at University Saint Joseph.
He later worked in the banking system – in charge of the BBAC in Hamra for many years, then working at Bank Mawarid HQ in Beirut.
He married Amal Abdul Munim Talhouk.
They had one son – Ibrahim, and two daughters – Zain and May.