Ida Tarbell

1857 - 1944

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Ida Minerva Tarbell (November 5, 1857 – January 6, 1944) was an American writer, investigative journalist, biographer and lecturer. She was one of the leading muckrakers of the Progressive Era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and pioneered investigative journalism. Born in Pennsylvania at the onset of the oil boom, Tarbell is best known for her 1904 book The History of the Standard Oil Company. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ida Tarbell has received more than 1,123,773 page views. Her biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Ida Tarbell is the 2,128th most popular writer (down from 1,805th in 2019), the 2,661st most popular biography from United States (down from 2,131st in 2019) and the 259th most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Ida Tarbell ranks 2,128 out of 5,794Before her are Orderic Vitalis, Bâkî, Prince Henri of Orléans, Dexippus, Stefan Heym, and Robert Jordan. After her are David Morrell, Paul Hazard, Herman Bang, Irvine Welsh, Zbigniew Herbert, and Sait Faik Abasıyanık.

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Among people born in 1857, Ida Tarbell ranks 56Before her are Émile Cohl, Alfred Loisy, Luigi Illica, Juan Vicente Gómez, Abdurreshid Ibrahim, and Oskar von Hutier. After her are Herman Bang, Gotō Shinpei, Jacques de Morgan, Duke John Albert of Mecklenburg, Arthur Arz von Straußenburg, and Hermann Sudermann. Among people deceased in 1944, Ida Tarbell ranks 122Before her are Riccardo Zandonai, Bernardino Machado, Nikolai Kuznetsov, Musa Cälil, Abdurreshid Ibrahim, and André Abegglen. After her are Paul Hazard, Walter Heitz, Thomas Curtis, Noor Inayat Khan, Manuel L. Quezon, and Lupe Vélez.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ida Tarbell ranks 2,661 out of 15,968Before her are Erle Stanley Gardner (1889), John Bates Clark (1847), Lynne Cheney (1941), Jeb Bush (1953), Howlin' Wolf (1910), and Robert Jordan (1948). After her are Curtis Mayfield (1942), Zach Galifianakis (1969), Charles Grodin (1935), Syd Mead (1933), Mark Dacascos (1964), and Paul Bremer (1941).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Ida Tarbell ranks 259Before her are Kate Chopin (1850), Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr. (1809), Chuck Palahniuk (1962), Winston Groom (1943), Erle Stanley Gardner (1889), and Robert Jordan (1948). After her are Harlan Ellison (1934), Anne McCaffrey (1926), William Peter Blatty (1928), August Derleth (1909), Alfred Bester (1913), and John Barth (1930).