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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 and reformers of the Progressive Era of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and was a pioneer of investigative journalism.Born in Pennsylvania at the beginning of the oil boom, Tarbell is best known for her 1904 book The History of the Standard Oil Company. The book was published as a series of articles in McClure's from 1902 to 1904. It has been called a "masterpiece of investigative journalism", by historian J. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ida Tarbell has received more than 1,291,901 page views. Her biography is available in 23 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 20 in 2019). Ida Tarbell is the 1,407th most popular writer (up from 2,127th in 2019), the 1,786th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,660th in 2019) and the 171st most popular American Writer.

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Among writers, Ida Tarbell ranks 1,407 out of 5,755Before her are Martin Gardner, Colin Dexter, Matthew Lewis, Gavrila Derzhavin, Ivan Kotliarevsky, and Sadegh Hedayat. After her are Ausiàs March, Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, Josef Čapek, Robert Faurisson, Anna Leonowens, and Mary of Jesus of Ágreda.

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Among people born in 1857, Ida Tarbell ranks 45Before her are Georges Gilles de la Tourette, Wilhelm Johannsen, Theodor Escherich, Cécile Chaminade, Frederick II, Grand Duke of Baden, and Theodor Kittelsen. After her are Mikhail Alekseyev, Émile Coué, Christian Michelsen, Cyril Genik, Williamina Fleming, and Le Pétomane. Among people deceased in 1944, Ida Tarbell ranks 82Before her are Peter Deunov, Mildred Harris, Yvette Guilbert, Robert E. Park, Fritz Pfeffer, and E. M. Antoniadi. After her are Paul Otlet, Milan Hodža, Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., Ulrich von Hassell, Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne, and Artur Phleps.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Ida Tarbell ranks 1,786 out of 18,182Before her are George Chakiris (1934), Matthew Broderick (1962), Melinda Gates (1964), Walt Whitman Rostow (1916), Lady Bird Johnson (1912), and Zack Snyder (1966). After her are Will Eisner (1917), Jon Favreau (1966), Sammy Davis Jr. (1925), Liv Tyler (1977), Jack Swigert (1931), and Lionel Stander (1908).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Ida Tarbell ranks 171Before her are Edward Albee (1928), Norman Mailer (1923), Diana Gabaldon (1952), James Patterson (1947), Thornton Wilder (1897), and Martin Gardner (1914). After her are Ira Levin (1929), Dorothy Parker (1893), Tom Wolfe (1930), Rick Riordan (1964), Philip José Farmer (1918), and Jack Vance (1916).