Henry Morton Stanley

1841 - 1904

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Sir Henry Morton Stanley (born John Rowlands; 28 January 1841 – 10 May 1904) was a Welsh-American explorer, journalist, soldier, colonial administrator, author and politician who was famous for his exploration of Central Africa and his search for missionary and explorer David Livingstone. Besides his discovery of Livingstone, he is mainly known for his search for the sources of the Nile and Congo rivers, the work he undertook as an agent of King Leopold II of the Belgians which enabled the occupation of the Congo Basin region, and his command of the Emin Pasha Relief Expedition. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry Morton Stanley has received more than 2,166,410 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Henry Morton Stanley is the 35th most popular explorer (down from 28th in 2019), the 299th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 218th in 2019) and the 4th most popular British Explorer.

Henry Morton Stanley is most famous for being the first person to cross Africa from east to west, and for his search for David Livingstone.

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Among explorers, Henry Morton Stanley ranks 35 out of 498Before him are Martin Behaim, Jan van Riebeeck, Pytheas, John Cabot, Giovanni da Pian del Carpine, and Evliya Çelebi. After him are Ingólfr Arnarson, Juan Ponce de León, Francisco de Orellana, Thorfinn Karlsefni, William Baffin, and Fabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen.

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Among people born in 1841, Henry Morton Stanley ranks 9Before him are Gustave Le Bon, Edward VII, Berthe Morisot, Georges Clemenceau, Otto Wagner, and Itō Hirobumi. After him are Frédéric Bazille, Henri Fayol, Emil Theodor Kocher, Félix Faure, Nicholas I of Montenegro, and Maria Sophie of Bavaria. Among people deceased in 1904, Henry Morton Stanley ranks 9Before him are Theodor Herzl, Murad V, Isabella II of Spain, Friedrich Ratzel, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, and Jean-Léon Gérôme. After him are Niels Ryberg Finsen, Gabriel Tarde, Abai Qunanbaiuly, Eadweard Muybridge, Henri Fantin-Latour, and Vasily Vereshchagin.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Henry Morton Stanley ranks 299 out of 8,785Before him are Ritchie Blackmore (1945), William Morris (1834), Æthelred the Unready (968), Vanessa Redgrave (1937), Julie Andrews (1935), and Randal Cremer (1828). After him are John Keats (1795), Edward Burnett Tylor (1832), Peter Sellers (1925), Rod Stewart (1945), Harold Macmillan (1894), and Charles Edward, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1884).

Among EXPLORERS In United Kingdom

Among explorers born in United Kingdom, Henry Morton Stanley ranks 4Before him are James Cook (1728), Francis Drake (1540), and David Livingstone (1813). After him are William Baffin (1584), Robert Falcon Scott (1868), William Adams (1564), John Smith (1580), Henry Hudson (1570), John Davis (1550), Richard Francis Burton (1821), and William Dampier (1651).