John Franklin

1786 - 1847

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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 1,469,287 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia. John Franklin is the 262nd most popular military personnel (up from 293rd in 2019), the 524th most popular biography from United Kingdom (up from 583rd in 2019) and the 10th most popular British Military Personnel.

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

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Among military personnels, John Franklin ranks 262 out of 1,466Before him are Huang Zhong, Jean Victor Marie Moreau, Omar Bradley, Vasily Blyukher, Jozef Gabčík, and Erich Priebke. After him are Władysław Sikorski, Erich Hoepner, Rochus Misch, Lothar Rendulic, Federico da Montefeltro, and Arthur Nebe.

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Among people born in 1786, John Franklin ranks 11Before him are Ludwig I of Bavaria, François Arago, Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Marie Walewska, Michel Eugène Chevreul, and Sophie of France. After him are Davy Crockett, Grand Duchess Maria Pavlovna of Russia, Friedrich Kuhlau, Charles, Grand Duke of Baden, Guadalupe Victoria, and Duke Pius August in Bavaria. Among people deceased in 1847, John Franklin ranks 6Before him are Felix Mendelssohn, Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma, Archduke Charles, Duke of Teschen, Fanny Mendelssohn, and Emmanuel de Grouchy, marquis de Grouchy. After him are Archduke Joseph, Palatine of Hungary, Mary Anning, Marie Duplessis, Jules de Polignac, Jean Ignace Isidore Gérard Grandville, and Adélaïde d'Orléans.

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Among people born in United Kingdom, John Franklin ranks 524 out of 6,924Before him are James Francis Edward Stuart (1688), Kate Winslet (1975), Prince Andrew, Duke of York (1960), George Villiers, 1st Duke of Buckingham (1592), Daphne du Maurier (1907), and James II of Scotland (1430). After him are Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine (1863), Richard Francis Burton (1821), James Clark Ross (1800), Nigel Mansell (1953), Gordon Banks (1937), and James III of Scotland (1451).