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 journalist, explorer, 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?". He is mainly known for his search for the source of the Nile, work he undertook as an agent of King Leopold II of Belgium, which enabled the occupation of the Congo Basin region, and for 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 1,529,192 page views. His biography is available in 66 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 63 in 2019). Henry Morton Stanley is the 32nd most popular explorer (down from 30th in 2019), the 237th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 215th 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 32 out of 405Before him are Willem Barentsz, Juan Sebastián Elcano, Jeanne Baret, Juan Ponce de León, Evliya Çelebi, and Vasco Núñez de Balboa. After him are John Cabot, Francisco de Orellana, Giovanni da Pian del Carpine, Pytheas, Jan van Riebeeck, and Louis Antoine de Bougainville.

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Among people born in 1841, Henry Morton Stanley ranks 8Before him are Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Edward VII, Gustave Le Bon, Georges Clemenceau, Berthe Morisot, and Otto Wagner. After him are Henri Fayol, Frédéric Bazille, Itō Hirobumi, Gerhard Armauer Hansen, Nicholas I of Montenegro, and Emil Theodor Kocher. 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 Jean-Léon Gérôme, Eadweard Muybridge, Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, Friedrich Ratzel, Abai Qunanbaiuly, and Gabriel Tarde.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Henry Morton Stanley ranks 237 out of 6,924Before him are Andrew Carnegie (1835), Alexander Selkirk (1676), Edward Burnett Tylor (1832), Arthur Henderson (1863), Charlotte Rampling (1946), and David Gilmour (1946). After him are Peter Ustinov (1921), Arthur, Prince of Wales (1486), Christopher Marlowe (1564), Benjamin Disraeli (1804), Ian Holm (1931), and Lady Jane Grey (1537).

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), Henry Hudson (1570), William Adams (1564), John Smith (1580), William Baffin (1584), Richard Francis Burton (1821), James Clark Ross (1800), and William Dampier (1651).