Henry Steel Olcott

1832 - 1907

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Colonel Henry Steel Olcott (2 August 1832 – 17 February 1907) was an American military officer, journalist, lawyer and the co-founder and first President of the Theosophical Society. Olcott was the first well-known American of European ancestry to make a formal conversion to Buddhism. His subsequent actions as president of the Theosophical Society helped create a renaissance in the study of Buddhism. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Henry Steel Olcott has received more than 251,908 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Henry Steel Olcott is the 1,392nd most popular writer (up from 1,694th in 2019), the 1,669th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,969th in 2019) and the 164th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Henry Steel Olcott ranks 1,392 out of 5,794Before him are August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben, Vidyapati, Claudio Magris, Mavro Orbini, Callinus, and Edmond François Valentin About. After him are Ivan Vazov, Odoric of Pordenone, Ka'b ibn al-Ashraf, Alfonsina Storni, Blaise de Vigenère, and Thoinot Arbeau.

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Among people born in 1832, Henry Steel Olcott ranks 25Before him are Andrew Dickson White, Jules Ferry, Felice Beato, Infanta Luisa Fernanda, Duchess of Montpensier, Wilhelm Busch, and Alfred von Waldersee. After him are Hudson Taylor, Émile Gaboriau, Michel Bréal, William Le Baron Jenney, Nikolay Pavlovich Ignatyev, and Colin Archer. Among people deceased in 1907, Henry Steel Olcott ranks 26Before him are Jean Casimir-Perier, William Henry Perkin, Qiu Jin, Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden, Kato Svanidze, and Léo Taxil. After him are Ilia Chavchavadze, Carola of Vasa, Stanisław Wyspiański, William Le Baron Jenney, Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, and Hermann Carl Vogel.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Henry Steel Olcott ranks 1,669 out of 15,968Before him are David Baltimore (1938), Gabe Newell (1962), William Nordhaus (1941), Dwight Schultz (1947), Michael Rooker (1955), and Richard S. Castellano (1933). After him are McCoy Tyner (1938), W. I. Thomas (1863), Jack Kevorkian (1928), Joseph Nye (1937), Connie Francis (1938), and Richard Jordan Gatling (1818).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Henry Steel Olcott ranks 164Before him are James Ellroy (1948), Ed McBain (1926), Don DeLillo (1936), Jack Vance (1916), Ira Levin (1929), and James Patterson (1947). After him are Edward Albee (1928), Wayne Dyer (1940), Martin Gardner (1914), Jim Thompson (1906), Bob Woodward (1943), and Nicholas Sparks (1965).