George Armstrong Custer

1839 - 1876

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George Armstrong Custer (December 5, 1839 – June 25, 1876) was a United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the American Indian Wars. Custer graduated from West Point and, though characterized as inept for having been last in his graduating class, actually finished 34th out of a starting class of 108 candidates. Following graduation, he worked closely with General George B. McClellan and the future General Alfred Pleasonton, both of whom recognized his ability as a cavalry leader. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Armstrong Custer has received more than 7,648,581 page views. His biography is available in 54 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 53 in 2019). George Armstrong Custer is the 208th most popular military personnel (down from 174th in 2019), the 562nd most popular biography from United States (down from 462nd in 2019) and the 7th most popular American Military Personnel.

George Armstrong Custer is most famous for his defeat at the Battle of Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876.

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Among military personnels, George Armstrong Custer ranks 208 out of 2,058Before him are Henri de La Tour d'Auvergne, Viscount of Turenne, Oskar Dirlewanger, Sun Jian, Henning von Tresckow, Lavr Kornilov, and Yue Fei. After him are Erhard Milch, Erich von dem Bach-Zelewski, Slobodan Praljak, Sun Ce, Andranik, and Muhammad bin Qasim.

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Among people born in 1839, George Armstrong Custer ranks 8Before him are John D. Rockefeller, Sully Prudhomme, Modest Mussorgsky, Alfred Sisley, Charles Sanders Peirce, and Carol I of Romania. After him are Josiah Willard Gibbs, Karl Theodor, Duke in Bavaria, Josephine Cochrane, Nikolay Przhevalsky, Emil Škoda, and August Kundt. Among people deceased in 1876, George Armstrong Custer ranks 7Before him are Mikhail Bakunin, George Sand, Abdülaziz, Josephine of Leuchtenberg, Truganini, and Karl Ernst von Baer. After him are Antonio López de Santa Anna, Catherine Labouré, Marie d'Agoult, Ildefons Cerdà, Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg, and Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo.

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Among people born in United States, George Armstrong Custer ranks 562 out of 20,380Before him are Kamala Harris (1964), T. S. Eliot (1888), Oprah Winfrey (1954), Carl Weathers (1948), Gloria Gaynor (1947), and Kim Novak (1933). After him are Quincy Jones (1933), Ronald Wayne (1934), Mia Farrow (1945), Leonard Nimoy (1931), Charles Goodyear (1800), and Sean Penn (1960).


Among military personnels born in United States, George Armstrong Custer ranks 7Before him are Douglas MacArthur (1880), George S. Patton (1885), Robert E. Lee (1807), Robert Peary (1856), Chester W. Nimitz (1885), and Paul Tibbets (1915). After him are Albert Pike (1809), Matthew C. Perry (1794), Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), Benedict Arnold (1741), and Richard Winters (1918).