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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, whom he later claimed to have greeted with the now-famous line: "Dr. Livingstone, I presume?". 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 1,850,300 page views. His biography is available in 65 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 66 in 2019). Henry Morton Stanley is the 28th most popular explorer (up from 32nd in 2019), the 218th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 236th 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 28 out of 405Before him are Jacques Cartier, Leif Erikson, Vitus Bering, Juan Sebastián Elcano, Thor Heyerdahl, and Willem Barentsz. After him are Vasco Núñez de Balboa, John Cabot, Pytheas, Francisco de Orellana, Evliya Çelebi, and Giovanni da Pian del Carpine.

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Among people born in 1841, Henry Morton Stanley ranks 7Before him are Antonín Dvořák, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edward VII, Gustave Le Bon, Georges Clemenceau, and Berthe Morisot. After him are Henri Fayol, Otto Wagner, Itō Hirobumi, Frédéric Bazille, Emil Theodor Kocher, and Félix Faure. Among people deceased in 1904, Henry Morton Stanley ranks 6Before him are Anton Chekhov, Antonín Dvořák, Theodor Herzl, Murad V, and Isabella II of Spain. After him are Friedrich Ratzel, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, Jean-Léon Gérôme, Niels Ryberg Finsen, Eadweard Muybridge, and Gabriel Tarde.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Henry Morton Stanley ranks 218 out of 7,765Before him are Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792), Brian Jones (1942), C. S. Lewis (1898), Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869), John Wycliffe (1324), and Princess Alice of the United Kingdom (1843). After him are Ozzy Osbourne (1948), Henry Morgan (1635), Harold Godwinson (1022), Margaret Tudor (1489), James V of Scotland (1512), and Julie Andrews (1935).

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 Robert Falcon Scott (1868), William Baffin (1584), Richard Francis Burton (1821), William Adams (1564), Henry Hudson (1570), John Smith (1580), James Clark Ross (1800), and John Davis (1550).