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John Diefenbaker

1895 - 1979

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John George Diefenbaker ( dee-fən-BAY-kər; September 18, 1895 – August 16, 1979) was the 13th prime minister of Canada, serving from 1957 to 1963. He was the only Progressive Conservative party leader between 1930 and 1979 to lead the party to an election victory, doing so three times, although only once with a majority of the seats in the House of Commons. Diefenbaker was born in southwestern Ontario in the small town of Neustadt in 1895. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Diefenbaker has received more than 1,097,099 page views. His biography is available in 43 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 42 in 2019). John Diefenbaker is the 12,382nd most popular politician (down from 11,217th in 2019), the 253rd most popular biography from Canada (down from 244th in 2019) and the 20th most popular Canadian Politician.

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Among politicians, John Diefenbaker ranks 12,382 out of 15,577Before him are Jaan Teemant, Elias I, Count of Maine, Esau de' Buondelmonti, Ottokar II of Styria, Khin Nyunt, and Rosamund Clifford. After him are Recep Peker, Publius Ostorius Scapula, Balaji Baji Rao, Shahabuddin Ahmed, Domenico II Contarini, and Ariarathes X of Cappadocia.

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Among people born in 1895, John Diefenbaker ranks 172Before him are Nikolay Shchors, Christian Herter, Melville J. Herskovits, Walter Bedell Smith, Jerzy Kuryłowicz, and Plínio Salgado. After him are August Emil Fieldorf, Liane Haid, Jack Northrop, Georg Muche, Giovanni Brunero, and Gabriel Chevallier. Among people deceased in 1979, John Diefenbaker ranks 151Before him are Walter Legge, Juana de Ibarbourou, Víctor Raúl Haya de la Torre, John Cromwell, Mahmoud Taleghani, and Marcel Jouhandeau. After him are Amedeo Biavati, Louis Paul Boon, Donny Hathaway, Henri Saint Cyr, Joan Blondell, and Bruno Apitz.

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Among people born in Canada, John Diefenbaker ranks 253 out of 1,350Before him are Harry Saltzman (1915), Natasha Henstridge (1974), Harold Russell (1914), Jean-Paul Riopelle (1923), Elias Koteas (1961), and Lance Kinsey (1954). After him are Vilhjalmur Stefansson (1879), Stephen McHattie (1946), Viola Desmond (1914), Stana Katic (1978), Michael Ontkean (1946), and James LaBrie (1963).


Among politicians born in Canada, John Diefenbaker ranks 20Before him are Jean Béliveau (1931), David Johnston (1941), René Lévesque (1922), Mary Simon (1947), Kim Campbell (1947), and Louis St. Laurent (1882). After him are Michael Ignatieff (1947), John Abbott (1821), Joe Clark (1939), William Pirrie, 1st Viscount Pirrie (1847), Julie Payette (1963), and Brock Chisholm (1896).