Annie Besant

1847 - 1933

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Annie Besant (née Wood; 1 October 1847 – 20 September 1933) was a British socialist, theosophist, freemason, women's rights and Home Rule activist, educationist, and campaigner for Indian nationalism. She was an ardent supporter of both Irish and Indian self-rule. She became the first female president of the Indian National Congress in 1917. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Annie Besant has received more than 3,964,605 page views. Her biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 48 in 2019). Annie Besant is the 101st most popular social activist (down from 78th in 2019), the 602nd most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 507th in 2019) and the 8th most popular British Social Activist.

Annie Besant was a British socialist, theosophist, women's rights activist, and writer. She was a supporter of Irish and Indian self-rule and was an orator for the Fabian Society. She was also a co-founder of the Women's Social and Political Union.

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Among social activists, Annie Besant ranks 101 out of 840Before her are Liu Xiaobo, Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad, Anneliese Michel, Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony, and Zhang Jue. After her are Louise Michel, Leila Khaled, Kasturba Gandhi, Syed Ahmad Khan, Jody Williams, and Bugsy Siegel.

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Among people born in 1847, Annie Besant ranks 15Before her are Joseph Pulitzer, Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria, Georges Sorel, Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy, Max Liebermann, and Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia. After her are Jean Casimir-Perier, Radomir Putnik, Jens Peter Jacobsen, Maria Pia of Savoy, Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo, and Bolesław Prus. Among people deceased in 1933, Annie Besant ranks 13Before her are 13th Dalai Lama, John Galsworthy, Paul Ehrenfest, Sándor Ferenczi, Mohammed Nadir Shah, and Nikolai Yudenich. After her are Wilhelm Cuno, Stefan George, Princess Thyra of Denmark, Knud Rasmussen, Oskar Potiorek, and Anatoly Lunacharsky.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Annie Besant ranks 602 out of 8,785Before her are Richard Francis Burton (1821), Pope Adrian IV (1100), Cecily Neville, Duchess of York (1415), Robert Carlyle (1961), Nigel Farage (1964), and Edward of Westminster, Prince of Wales (1453). After her are Amélie of Orléans (1865), Norman Angell (1872), James III of Scotland (1451), Philip Sclater (1829), William Dampier (1651), and Fred Perry (1909).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United Kingdom

Among social activists born in United Kingdom, Annie Besant ranks 8Before her are Robert Owen (1771), Guy Fawkes (1570), Lady Godiva (990), Emmeline Pankhurst (1858), Betty Williams (1943), and Thomas Cranmer (1489). After her are Mairead Maguire (1944), Emily Davison (1872), Max Mosley (1940), Sylvia Pankhurst (1882), Kate Sheppard (1848), and Eglantyne Jebb (1876).