John Franklin

1786 - 1847

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Rear-Admiral Sir John Franklin (16 April 1786 – 11 June 1847) was a British Royal Navy officer and Arctic explorer. After serving in wars against Napoleonic France and the United States, he led two expeditions into the Canadian Arctic and through the islands of the Arctic Archipelago, in 1819 and 1825, and served as Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land from 1839 to 1843. During his third and final expedition, an attempt to traverse the Northwest Passage in 1845, Franklin's ships became icebound off King William Island in what is now Nunavut, where he died in June 1847. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John Franklin has received more than 1,577,233 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia. John Franklin is the 303rd most popular military personnel (down from 262nd in 2019), the 600th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 524th in 2019) and the 11th most popular Military Personnel.

John Franklin is most famous for his explorations of the Northwest Passage.

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Among military personnels, John Franklin ranks 303 out of 1,468Before him are Juan Pujol García, Alexander Löhr, Dmitry Yazov, Arthur Nebe, Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, and Karl Philipp, Prince of Schwarzenberg. After him are Xiahou Dun, Qutayba ibn Muslim, Maximilian von Spee, Wu Sangui, Jiang Wei, and Fyodor Tolbukhin.

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Among people born in 1786, John Franklin ranks 12Before him are John Vianney, François Arago, Marie Walewska, Michel Eugène Chevreul, Sophie of France, and Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia. After him are Davy Crockett, Friedrich Kuhlau, Charles, Grand Duke of Baden, Duke Pius August in Bavaria, Chief Seattle, and Guadalupe Victoria. Among people deceased in 1847, John Franklin ranks 8Before him are Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma, Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen, Fanny Mendelssohn, Emmanuel de Grouchy, marquis de Grouchy, Mary Anning, and Archduke Joseph, Palatine of Hungary. After him are Marie Duplessis, Jules de Polignac, Adélaïde d'Orléans, Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard Grandville, Maria Schicklgruber, and Archduke Friedrich of Austria.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, John Franklin ranks 600 out of 7,765Before him are Dirk Bogarde (1921), Leslie Howard (1893), Ramsay MacDonald (1866), Pope Adrian IV (1100), Malcolm Young (1953), and Ann Radcliffe (1764). After him are John Davis (1550), Nick Mason (1944), Edgar Adrian (1889), John Snow (1813), Tony Iommi (1948), and Tom Hardy (1977).


Among military personnels born in United Kingdom, John Franklin ranks 11Before him are Bernard Montgomery (1887), Edward Smith (1850), Rudolf Abel (1903), Gertrude Bell (1868), John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough (1650), and Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (1738). After him are Edmund Allenby, 1st Viscount Allenby (1861), John Hanning Speke (1827), John Hawkins (1532), James Paul Moody (1887), William Bligh (1754), and Harold Lowe (1882).