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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 3,718,923 page views. Her biography is available in 48 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 44 in 2019). Annie Besant is the 76th most popular social activist (up from 94th in 2019), the 507th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 685th in 2019) and the 7th 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 76 out of 538Before her are Beatrice Cenci, Gabrielle d'Estrées, Abimael Guzmán, Buenaventura Durruti, Betty Williams, and Aleksandr Ulyanov. After her are Thomas Cranmer, Axel Munthe, Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, Liu Xiaobo, Edmond James de Rothschild, and Bugsy Siegel.

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Among people born in 1847, Annie Besant ranks 12Before her are Otto Wallach, Jesse James, Auguste Escoffier, Joseph Pulitzer, Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria, and Georges Sorel. After her are Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, Jens Peter Jacobsen, Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy, Jean Casimir-Perier, Maria Pia of Savoy, and Max Liebermann. Among people deceased in 1933, Annie Besant ranks 10Before her are Adolf Loos, Faisal I of Iraq, Mohammed Nadir Shah, Constantine P. Cavafy, 13th Dalai Lama, and John Galsworthy. After her are Sándor Ferenczi, Wilhelm Cuno, Nikolai Yudenich, Princess Thyra of Denmark, Oskar Potiorek, and Stefan George.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Annie Besant ranks 507 out of 7,765Before her are William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne (1779), Stanley Baldwin (1867), Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover (1771), Frank Williams (1942), George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston (1859), and George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (1592). After her are Erasmus Darwin (1731), William McMaster Murdoch (1873), Thomas Cranmer (1489), John Dowland (1563), Sid Vicious (1957), and David Hockney (1937).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United Kingdom

Among social activists born in United Kingdom, Annie Besant ranks 7Before her are Guy Fawkes (1570), Robert Owen (1771), Lady Godiva (990), Nicholas Winton (1909), Emmeline Pankhurst (1858), and Betty Williams (1943). After her are Thomas Cranmer (1489), Mairead Maguire (1944), Max Mosley (1940), Unity Mitford (1914), Emily Davison (1872), and Wat Tyler (1341).