Alexandre Pétion

1770 - 1818

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Alexandre Sabès Pétion (French pronunciation: [alɛksɑ̃dʁ sabɛs petjɔ̃]; 2 April 1770 – 29 March 1818) was the first president of the Republic of Haiti from 1807 until his death in 1818. One of Haiti's founding fathers, Pétion belonged to the revolutionary quartet that also includes Toussaint Louverture, Jean-Jacques Dessalines, and his later rival Henri Christophe. Regarded as an excellent artilleryman in his early adulthood, Pétion would distinguish himself as an esteemed military commander with experience leading both French and Haitian troops. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Alexandre Pétion has received more than 485,097 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Alexandre Pétion is the 5,165th most popular politician (down from 4,603rd in 2019), the 7th most popular biography from Haiti (down from 6th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Haitian Politician.

Alexandre Pétion is most famous for being the first president of Haiti. He was Haiti's first head of state and led the country from 1806 to 1818.

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Among politicians, Alexandre Pétion ranks 5,165 out of 19,576Before him are James Brooke, José Sarney, Liuva I, Magnus, Duke of Holstein, Kong Rong, and Valentin Pavlov. After him are Batbayan, Shoshenq II, Bardylis, Henry III, Margrave of Meissen, Perdiccas II of Macedon, and Princess Sophie Antoinette of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel.

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Among people born in 1770, Alexandre Pétion ranks 21Before him are Adam Johann von Krusenstern, Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom, Pierre Cambronne, Ferdinando Carulli, Louis-Gabriel Suchet, and Thomas Johann Seebeck. After him are Robert Jenkinson, 2nd Earl of Liverpool, Charles Emmanuel, Prince of Carignano, Lucile Desmoulins, Sequoyah, François Étienne de Kellermann, and Jean Maximilien Lamarque. Among people deceased in 1818, Alexandre Pétion ranks 14Before him are Maria Isabel of Braganza, Johan Gottlieb Gahn, Matthew Lewis, Paul Revere, Catherine-Dominique de Pérignon, and Louis Joseph, Prince of Condé. After him are Abigail Adams, Heinrich Füger, Warren Hastings, Frederick Louis, Prince of Hohenlohe-Ingelfingen, Marcello Bacciarelli, and Giuseppe Gazzaniga.

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Among people born in Haiti, Alexandre Pétion ranks 7 out of 94Before him are Jean-Jacques Dessalines (1758), François Duvalier (1907), Toussaint Louverture (1743), Thomas-Alexandre Dumas (1762), Boniface Alexandre (1936), and Jean-Claude Duvalier (1951). After him are Jean-Pierre Boyer (1776), René Préval (1943), John James Audubon (1785), Ariel Henry (1949), Jeanne Duval (1820), and Anacaona (1474).


Among politicians born in Haiti, Alexandre Pétion ranks 4Before him are Jean-Jacques Dessalines (1758), Boniface Alexandre (1936), and Jean-Claude Duvalier (1951). After him are Jean-Pierre Boyer (1776), René Préval (1943), Ariel Henry (1949), Anacaona (1474), Jean-Bertrand Aristide (1953), Faustin Soulouque (1782), Jean-Jacques Honorat (1931), and Leslie Manigat (1930).