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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, Freemason 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 341,466 page views. His biography is available in 27 different languages on Wikipedia. Henry Steel Olcott is the 1,317th most popular writer (up from 1,392nd in 2019), the 1,642nd most popular biography from United States (up from 1,668th in 2019) and the 157th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Henry Steel Olcott ranks 1,317 out of 5,755Before him are Samuel Butler, Hristo Botev, Kurt Tucholsky, Monique Wittig, Alexander Grin, and Viktor Suvorov. After him are Cratinus, Joachim Fest, Daniil Kharms, Ibn al-Nadim, Magda Szabó, and Stéphane Hessel.

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Among people born in 1832, Henry Steel Olcott ranks 27Before him are Osman Nuri Pasha, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Infanta Luisa Fernanda, Duchess of Montpensier, Wilhelm Busch, Michel Bréal, and Émile Gaboriau. After him are Hudson Taylor, Nikolay Pavlovich Ignatyev, Khurshidbanu Natavan, Rudolf Lipschitz, William Le Baron Jenney, and Pavel Tretyakov. Among people deceased in 1907, Henry Steel Olcott ranks 25Before him are Kato Svanidze, Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden, William Henry Perkin, Ilia Chavchavadze, Paula Modersohn-Becker, and Carola of Vasa. After him are Qiu Jin, Léo Taxil, Kurmanjan Datka, Marie of Saxe-Altenburg, Pierre Janssen, and Stanisław Wyspiański.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Henry Steel Olcott ranks 1,642 out of 18,182Before him are Evander Holyfield (1962), Paul L. Smith (1936), Kelly Lynch (1959), Sidney Bechet (1897), Billy Crystal (1948), and Agnes Moorehead (1900). After him are Robert Fogel (1926), Ray Ewry (1873), Elmer Bernstein (1922), Thomas Burke (1875), Emma Stone (1988), and Karl Barry Sharpless (1941).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Henry Steel Olcott ranks 157Before him are Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807), Valerie Solanas (1936), Anthony Bourdain (1956), R. L. Stine (1943), Robin Hobb (1952), and James Baldwin (1924). After him are Robert Sheckley (1928), Don DeLillo (1936), Robert Bloch (1917), Joyce Carol Oates (1938), William Styron (1925), and Samuel R. Delany (1942).