Ferdinand de Lesseps

1805 - 1894

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Ferdinand Marie, Count de Lesseps (French: [də lesɛps]; 19 November 1805 – 7 December 1894) was a French diplomat and later developer of the Suez Canal, which in 1869 joined the Mediterranean and Red Seas, substantially reducing sailing distances and times between Europe and East Asia. He attempted to repeat this success with an effort to build a Panama Canal at sea level during the 1880s, but the project was devastated by epidemics of malaria and yellow fever in the area, as well as beset by financial problems, and the planned Lesseps Panama Canal was never completed. Eventually, the project was bought out by the United States, which solved the medical problems and changed the design to a non-sea level canal with locks. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ferdinand de Lesseps has received more than 643,629 page views. His biography is available in 55 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Ferdinand de Lesseps is the 12th most popular diplomat (up from 13th in 2019), the 417th most popular biography from France (up from 506th in 2019) and the 2nd most popular French Diplomat.

Ferdinand de Lesseps is most famous for his construction of the Suez Canal in Egypt, which opened in 1869.

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Among diplomats, Ferdinand de Lesseps ranks 12 out of 51Before him are Dag Hammarskjöld, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Alexandra Kollontai, John Jay, Raoul Wallenberg, and John R. Bolton. After him are Folke Bernadotte, Prince Claus of the Netherlands, Mohamed ElBaradei, Madeleine Albright, Hasekura Tsunenaga, and Chiune Sugihara.

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Among people born in 1805, Ferdinand de Lesseps ranks 8Before him are Alexis de Tocqueville, Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, Giuseppe Mazzini, Princess Sophie of Bavaria, Joseph Smith, and William Rowan Hamilton. After him are Louis Auguste Blanqui, Fanny Mendelssohn, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Maria Anna of Bavaria, Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, and Marie d'Agoult. Among people deceased in 1894, Ferdinand de Lesseps ranks 6Before him are Heinrich Hertz, Alexander III of Russia, Robert Louis Stevenson, Hermann von Helmholtz, and Adolphe Sax. After him are Marie François Sadi Carnot, Gustave Caillebotte, Anton Rubinstein, Lajos Kossuth, Hans von Bülow, and Pafnuty Chebyshev.

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In France

Among people born in France, Ferdinand de Lesseps ranks 417 out of 5,234Before him are Pierre Laval (1883), Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran (1845), Auguste Escoffier (1847), Avitus (395), Giambologna (1529), and Patrice de MacMahon (1808). After him are Hector Malot (1830), Théodore Rousseau (1812), Jacques Tati (1907), Arsène Wenger (1949), Henri Moissan (1852), and Gérard Philipe (1922).

Among DIPLOMATS In France

Among diplomats born in France, Ferdinand de Lesseps ranks 2Before him are Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord (1754). After him are Édith Cresson (1934) and Jules Cambon (1845).