Jan Smuts

1870 - 1950

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Field Marshal Jan Christian Smuts, (24 May 1870 – 11 September 1950) was a South African statesman, military leader and philosopher. In addition to holding various military and cabinet posts, he served as prime minister of the Union of South Africa from 1919 to 1924 and 1939 to 1948. Smuts was born to Afrikaner parents in the British Cape Colony. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Jan Smuts has received more than 1,456,021 page views. His biography is available in 42 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 41 in 2019). Jan Smuts is the 3,705th most popular politician (up from 4,222nd in 2019), the 21st most popular biography from South Africa (up from 24th in 2019) and the 9th most popular South African Politician.

Jan Smuts was a South African statesman and military leader. He was the only person to sign both the peace treaty ending the First World War and the charter of the United Nations.

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Among politicians, Jan Smuts ranks 3,705 out of 15,710Before him are Calpurnia, Antoine Quentin Fouquier-Tinville, Hedwig Eleonora of Holstein-Gottorp, Emperor Yingzong of Song, Cleisthenes of Sicyon, and Yelü Dashi. After him are Ottavio Farnese, Duke of Parma, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Chlothar IV, Nicholas Francis, Duke of Lorraine, Senakhtenre Ahmose, and David I of Scotland.

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Among people born in 1870, Jan Smuts ranks 30Before him are Clara Immerwahr, D. T. Suzuki, Ernst Barlach, Sophia of Prussia, Georgy Gapon, and Charlotte Cooper. After him are Princess Alexandra of Greece and Denmark, Sigfrid Edström, Louis Vierne, Nariman Narimanov, Bernard Baruch, and Edwin S. Porter. Among people deceased in 1950, Jan Smuts ranks 31Before him are Cesare Pavese, Max Beckmann, Kuniaki Koiso, Dinu Lipatti, Nikolai Myaskovsky, and Karl Seitz. After him are John Rabe, George Minot, Petre Dumitrescu, Constantin Carathéodory, Eliel Saarinen, and Emmanuel Mounier.

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In South Africa

Among people born in South Africa, Jan Smuts ranks 21 out of 312Before him are Thabo Mbeki (1942), Jacob Zuma (1942), P. W. Botha (1916), Max Theiler (1899), Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (1942), and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936). After him are Sydney Brenner (1927), Steve Biko (1946), Jody Scheckter (1950), Allan MacLeod Cormack (1924), Cyril Ramaphosa (1952), and Seymour Papert (1928).

Among POLITICIANS In South Africa

Among politicians born in South Africa, Jan Smuts ranks 9Before him are Paul Kruger (1825), Thabo Mbeki (1942), Jacob Zuma (1942), P. W. Botha (1916), Princess Irene of Greece and Denmark (1942), and Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (1936). After him are Cyril Ramaphosa (1952), D. F. Malan (1874), Abba Eban (1915), Cetshwayo kaMpande (1826), Kgalema Motlanthe (1949), and Louis Botha (1862).