Allen Dulles

1893 - 1969

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Allen Welsh Dulles (; April 7, 1893 – January 29, 1969) was the first civilian Director of Central Intelligence (DCI), and its longest-serving director to date. As head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) during the early Cold War, he oversaw the 1953 Iranian coup d'état, the 1954 Guatemalan coup d'état, the Lockheed U-2 aircraft program, the Project MKUltra mind control program and the Bay of Pigs Invasion. He was fired by John F. Kennedy over the latter fiasco. Dulles was one of the members of the Warren Commission investigating the assassination of John F. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Allen Dulles has received more than 1,589,918 page views. His biography is available in 35 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 32 in 2019). Allen Dulles is the 3,215th most popular politician (up from 3,430th in 2019), the 1,058th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,094th in 2019) and the 82nd most popular American Politician.

Allen Dulles was the director of the CIA from 1953 to 1961. He is most famous for overseeing the CIA's failed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961, and for his involvement in the Cuban Missile Crisis.

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Among politicians, Allen Dulles ranks 3,215 out of 15,710Before him are Joachim II Hector, Elector of Brandenburg, Frederick I, Duke of Swabia, Najm ad-Din Ayyub, Lê Duẩn, Hans Oster, and Drusus Julius Caesar. After him are Alp-Tegin, Al-Nasir, Marie Anne de Bourbon, Procopius, Cardinal-Infante Ferdinand of Austria, and Ahhotep I.

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Among people born in 1893, Allen Dulles ranks 39Before him are Lillian Gish, Juana Bormann, Jomo Kenyatta, Lili Boulanger, Prince Felix of Bourbon-Parma, and Raymond Loewy. After him are Prince Paul of Yugoslavia, Edward Adelbert Doisy, Hermann Balck, Qazi Muhammad, Miroslav Krleža, and Walter Baade. Among people deceased in 1969, Allen Dulles ranks 35Before him are Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Itzhak Stern, Joseph Kasa-Vubu, Josef von Sternberg, Moïse Tshombe, and B. Traven. After him are Alexandra David-Néel, Walter Christaller, Robert Taylor, Raymond A. Spruance, Wacław Sierpiński, and Eberhard von Mackensen.

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Among people born in United States, Allen Dulles ranks 1,058 out of 15,968Before him are Stanley B. Prusiner (1942), Clyde Drexler (1962), Val Logsdon Fitch (1923), Burton Richter (1931), James Brolin (1940), and George Akerlof (1940). After him are John Young (1930), James Abbott McNeill Whistler (1834), Winona Ryder (1971), Gerald Edelman (1929), Lyonel Feininger (1871), and Danny Aiello (1933).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, Allen Dulles ranks 82Before him are Eliot Ness (1903), Colin Powell (1937), Éamon de Valera (1882), Dred Scott (1795), John Foster Dulles (1888), and Hiram Bingham III (1875). After him are Mike Pence (1959), Mark Felt (1913), Harvey Milk (1930), Andrew Dickson White (1832), Frank B. Kellogg (1856), and Condoleezza Rice (1954).