Jacob Riis

1849 - 1914

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Jacob August Riis (; May 3, 1849 – May 26, 1914) was a Danish-American social reformer, "muckraking" journalist and social documentary photographer. He contributed significantly to the cause of urban reform in America at the turn of the twentieth century. He is known for using his photographic and journalistic talents to help the impoverished in New York City; those impoverished New Yorkers were the subject of most of his prolific writings and photography. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jacob Riis has received more than 1,185,858 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Jacob Riis is the 60th most popular journalist (down from 51st in 2019), the 374th most popular biography from Denmark (down from 327th in 2019) and the most popular Danish Journalist.

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Among journalists, Jacob Riis ranks 60 out of 129Before him are Francesco Alberoni, Dith Pran, Thomas Nast, Ramón Emeterio Betances, Mauricio Funes, and Jon Ola Sand. After him are Norbert Haug, Vladislav Listyev, Veronica Guerin, Dan Rather, Malcolm Browne, and Sue Gardner.

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Among people born in 1849, Jacob Riis ranks 65Before him are Charles F. Brush, Albert Heim, John Hopkinson, Ferdinand Brunetière, Giovanni Passannante, and Alexander Duff, 1st Duke of Fife. After him are N. E. Brown, Rafael Reyes, Richard Lydekker, Józef Chełmoński, Edmund Barton, and William Merritt Chase. Among people deceased in 1914, Jacob Riis ranks 84Before him are Pierre Souvestre, José Evaristo Uriburu, Antun Gustav Matoš, Jane Morris, Peyo Yavorov, and Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts. After him are Georgy Sedov, John Campbell, 9th Duke of Argyll, Ernst Stadler, Wilhelm Lexis, Carl Chun, and Jules Lemaître.

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In Denmark

Among people born in Denmark, Jacob Riis ranks 374 out of 783Before him are Birthe Wilke (1936), Christian Eriksen (1992), Lauge Koch (1892), Niels Neergaard (1854), Christian August, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg (1696), and Willy Hansen (1906). After him are Nicklas Bendtner (1988), Nikolaj Lie Kaas (1973), Kim Bodnia (1965), August Blom (1869), Martin Braithwaite (1991), and Viggo Kampmann (1910).

Among JOURNALISTS In Denmark

Among journalists born in Denmark, Jacob Riis ranks 1After him are Lise Rønne (1978).