James Ussher

1581 - 1656

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James Ussher (or Usher; 4 January 1581 – 21 March 1656) was the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland between 1625 and 1656. He was a prolific scholar and church leader, who today is most famous for his identification of the genuine letters of the church father, Ignatius of Antioch, and for his chronology that sought to establish the time and date of the creation as "the entrance of the night preceding the 23rd day of October... Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of James Ussher has received more than 351,418 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 25 in 2019). James Ussher is the 455th most popular philosopher (up from 553rd in 2019), the 53rd most popular biography from Ireland (up from 61st in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Irish Philosopher.

James Ussher was a protestant bishop in Ireland who is most famous for his chronology of the world. He calculated that the world was created on October 23, 4004 BC.

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Among philosophers, James Ussher ranks 455 out of 1,089Before him are Michel Serres, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Leo Strauss, Vincent of Beauvais, Luce Irigaray, and Francisco Ferrer. After him are Phaedo of Elis, Linji Yixuan, Roger Scruton, Jean-Luc Nancy, Dong Zhongshu, and Priscian.

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Among people born in 1581, James Ussher ranks 4Before him are Vincent de Paul, False Dmitry I, and Domenichino. After him are Peter Claver, Bernardo Strozzi, Juan Ruiz de Alarcón, Hendrik Brouwer, Claude Gaspard Bachet de Méziriac, Pieter Corneliszoon Hooft, Hedwig of Denmark, and Jean du Vergier de Hauranne. Among people deceased in 1656, James Ussher ranks 5Before him are John IV of Portugal, Gerard van Honthorst, Jan van Goyen, and John George I, Elector of Saxony. After him are Ottavio Piccolomini, Francisco Herrera the Elder, Thomas Francis, Prince of Carignano, Dirck Hals, Thomas Fincke, Roberto de Nobili, and Georg Calixtus.

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Among people born in Ireland, James Ussher ranks 53 out of 460Before him are Mary Jane Kelly (1863), Saint Gall (550), Ernest Walton (1903), Bernard Lee (1908), Brendan Gleeson (1955), and Richard Cantillon (1680). After him are Dolores O'Riordan (1971), Edward England (1685), Eileen Gray (1878), Sheridan Le Fanu (1814), John Toland (1670), and Thomas Moore (1779).


Among philosophers born in Ireland, James Ussher ranks 3Before him are George Berkeley (1685) and John Scotus Eriugena (810). After him are John Toland (1670) and G. E. M. Anscombe (1919).