Ethiopian royalty who served as the Emperor of Ethiopia from 1871 until his death in 1889. He is remembered for his long and bloody squabbles with Ottoman Egypt and Sudan.
He was born in the Tigray province of Ethiopia.
His full official title was His Imperial Majesty John IV, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, King of Zion, King of Kings of Ethiopia and Elect of God.
His son, Haile Selassie Gugsa, ruled over eastern Tigray beginning in April 1932.
He and explorer Wilfred Thesiger both lived in Ethopia back when it was still named Abyssinia.