Frederick Douglass

1818 - 1895

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Frederick Douglass (born Frederick Augustus Washington Bailey, c. February 1817 or February 1818 – February 20, 1895) was an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman. He became the most important leader of the movement for African-American civil rights in the 19th century. After escaping from slavery in Maryland in 1838, Douglass became a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York, during which he gained fame for his oratory and incisive antislavery writings. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Frederick Douglass has received more than 15,765,229 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 61 in 2019). Frederick Douglass is the 164th most popular social activist (down from 135th in 2019), the 1,527th most popular biography from United States (down from 1,304th in 2019) and the 18th most popular American Social Activist.

Frederick Douglass is most famous for his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.

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Among social activists, Frederick Douglass ranks 164 out of 840Before him are Yiannis Ritsos, Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya, Rudi Dutschke, Alexander Pechersky, Mordechai Vanunu, and Maria Spiridonova. After him are Rigoberta Menchú, Otoya Yamaguchi, René Just Haüy, Kittur Chennamma, Al-Shaykh Al-Mufid, and Vladimir Bukovsky.

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Among people born in 1818, Frederick Douglass ranks 25Before him are Hermann Kolbe, Mary Todd Lincoln, Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria, Amalia of Oldenburg, François d'Orléans, Prince of Joinville, and Angelo Secchi. After him are Zachris Topelius, Emperor Norton, Francesco Crispi, Friedrich Wilhelm Raiffeisen, Richard Jordan Gatling, and Maria Mitchell. Among people deceased in 1895, Frederick Douglass ranks 21Before him are Johann Josef Loschmidt, Arthur Cayley, Carl Ludwig, Nikolai Leskov, Camilla Collett, and Julia, Princess of Battenberg. After him are Karl Heinrich Ulrichs, Lord Randolph Churchill, Franz Ernst Neumann, Princess Marie Luise Charlotte of Hesse-Kassel, Francesco Filippini, and James Dwight Dana.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Frederick Douglass ranks 1,527 out of 20,380Before him are Viola Davis (1965), Lionel Stander (1908), Grace Zabriskie (1941), Matthew Broderick (1962), River Phoenix (1970), and Walter Mondale (1928). After him are Eva Marie Saint (1924), Poul Anderson (1926), Robert Patrick (1958), Theda Bara (1885), Arthur Penn (1922), and Murray Bookchin (1921).

Among SOCIAL ACTIVISTS In United States

Among social activists born in United States, Frederick Douglass ranks 18Before him are Jody Williams (1950), Bugsy Siegel (1906), Nat Turner (1800), Betty Ford (1918), George Stinney (1929), and John Brown (1800). After him are Sojourner Truth (1797), Billy Milligan (1955), Emmett Till (1941), Edward Snowden (1983), Fred Phelps (1929), and Margaret Sanger (1879).