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Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy

1847 - 1923

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Charles Marie Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy (16 December 1847 – 21 May 1923) was an officer in the French Army from 1870 to 1898. He gained notoriety as a spy for the German Empire and the actual perpetrator of the act of treason of which Captain Alfred Dreyfus was wrongfully accused and convicted in 1894. After evidence against Esterhazy was discovered and made public, he was eventually subjected to a closed military trial in 1898, only to be officially found not guilty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy has received more than 412,744 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia. Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy is the 347th most popular military personnel (down from 230th in 2019), the 991st most popular biography from France (down from 686th in 2019) and the 40th most popular French Military Personnel.

Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy was a Hungarian composer and violinist who is most famous for his string quartets.

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Among military personnels, Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy ranks 347 out of 1,468Before him are Gnaeus Julius Agricola, Günther Prien, Jonas Savimbi, Carl-Heinrich von Stülpnagel, Jean-Andoche Junot, and Pierre Augereau. After him are Francisco de Miranda, Mamai, Jean-Baptiste Bessières, Mitsuo Fuchida, Thrasybulus, and Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov.

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Among people born in 1847, Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy ranks 15Before him are Joseph Pulitzer, Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria, Georges Sorel, Annie Besant, Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia, and Jens Peter Jacobsen. After him are Jean Casimir-Perier, Maria Pia of Savoy, Max Liebermann, Catherine Dolgorukov, Radomir Putnik, and Sergey Nechayev. Among people deceased in 1923, Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy ranks 19Before him are Damdin Sükhbaatar, Joaquín Sorolla, Pierre Loti, Julius Martov, James Dewar, and George Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon. After him are Princess Louise of Prussia, Katherine Mansfield, Milena Vukotić, Aleksandar Stamboliyski, Edward Emerson Barnard, and Lluís Domènech i Montaner.

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Among people born in France, Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy ranks 991 out of 6,011Before him are Horace Vernet (1789), Alphonse Bertillon (1853), Jacques Cassini (1677), Pierre Augereau (1757), Eleanor of Provence (1223), and Michel Rolle (1652). After him are Theodore Beza (1519), Jean-Pierre Léaud (1944), Raymond VI, Count of Toulouse (1156), Jacques Demy (1931), Princess Clémentine of Orléans (1817), and Annie Ernaux (1940).


Among military personnels born in France, Ferdinand Walsin Esterhazy ranks 40Before him are Jacques MacDonald (1765), Charles François Dumouriez (1739), Jean de Lattre de Tassigny (1889), Gnaeus Julius Agricola (40), Jean-Andoche Junot (1771), and Pierre Augereau (1757). After him are Jean-Baptiste Bessières (1768), Jean-Baptiste Jourdan (1762), Henri Giraud (1879), Pierre-Charles Villeneuve (1763), La Hire (1390), and Georges Picquart (1854).