Colin Powell

1937 - 2021

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Colin Luther Powell ( KOH-lin POW-əl; April 5, 1937 – October 18, 2021) was an American politician, statesman, diplomat, and United States Army officer who was the 65th United States secretary of state from 2001 to 2005. He was the first Black secretary of state. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Colin Powell has received more than 13,863,912 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 66 in 2019). Colin Powell is the 2,230th most popular politician (down from 1,337th in 2019), the 667th most popular biography from United States (down from 420th in 2019) and the 69th most popular American Politician.

Colin Powell is most famous for his military career, where he served as a four-star general in the United States Army, and as the 65th United States Secretary of State.

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Among politicians, Colin Powell ranks 2,230 out of 19,576Before him are Maria Luisa of Spain, Elisabeth Ludovika of Bavaria, Isabella of Aragon, Queen of France, Tancred, King of Sicily, Charles Frederick, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, and Alfonso III of Asturias. After him are Princess Margaretha, Mrs. Ambler, Alberto Fernández, Milo of Croton, Amenemhat II, Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and René Coty.

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Among people born in 1937, Colin Powell ranks 31Before him are Princess Birgitta of Sweden, Mengistu Haile Mariam, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, Gordon Banks, Bruce McLaren, and Abu Nidal. After him are Alain Badiou, Karel Schwarzenberg, Bill Cosby, Jared Diamond, Warren Beatty, and Gennady Yanayev. Among people deceased in 2021, Colin Powell ranks 28Before him are Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, Nathalie Delon, Sonny Chiba, Jacques Rogge, Hans Küng, and Martinus J. G. Veltman. After him are Richard R. Ernst, Donald Rumsfeld, Steven Weinberg, Jorge Sampaio, Nawal El Saadawi, and Richard Rogers.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Colin Powell ranks 667 out of 20,380Before him are Dolly Parton (1946), George Peppard (1928), Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811), Bill Bixby (1934), David Copperfield (1956), and Laura Branigan (1952). After him are Harper Lee (1926), Irwin Rose (1926), Black Dahlia (1924), Josiah Willard Gibbs (1839), Michael Mann (1943), and Donald Knuth (1938).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, Colin Powell ranks 69Before him are David Duke (1950), Chester A. Arthur (1829), Nelson Rockefeller (1908), Joseph McCarthy (1908), Kamala Harris (1964), and Boris Johnson (1964). After him are Nancy Pelosi (1940), Donald Rumsfeld (1932), Kamehameha I (1758), Greg Abbott (1957), James E. Webb (1906), and Ted Kennedy (1932).