John J. Pershing

1860 - 1948

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General of the Armies John Joseph Pershing (September 13, 1860 – July 15, 1948), nicknamed "Black Jack", was a senior American United States Army officer. He served most famously as the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces (AEF) during World War I from 1917 to 1920. In addition to leading the AEF to victory in World War I, Pershing notably served as a mentor to many in the generation of generals who led the United States Army during World War II, including George C. Marshall, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley, Lesley J. McNair, George S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of John J. Pershing has received more than 5,268,781 page views. His biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). John J. Pershing is the 310th most popular military personnel (down from 303rd in 2019), the 848th most popular biography from United States (up from 857th in 2019) and the 11th most popular American Military Personnel.

John J. Pershing is most famous for his leadership in World War I, where he led the American Expeditionary Forces to victory over Germany.

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Among military personnels, John J. Pershing ranks 310 out of 2,058Before him are Alexander Löhr, Vasily Blyukher, Dmitry Yazov, Kurt Meyer, Franz Conrad von Hötzendorf, and Sejanus. After him are John Demjanjuk, Boris Shaposhnikov, Fyodor Tolbukhin, Benedict Arnold, Hermann Balck, and Walther Wenck.

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Among people born in 1860, John J. Pershing ranks 24Before him are Princess Charlotte of Prussia, J. M. Barrie, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Ernest Thompson Seton, Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, and Hugo Wolf. After him are Louis Wain, William Kemmler, Hjalmar Branting, Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia, Oda Krohg, and Grand Duke Paul Alexandrovich of Russia. Among people deceased in 1948, John J. Pershing ranks 28Before him are Karl Gebhardt, Prince Aimone, Duke of Aosta, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Maria Mandl, Arthur Liebehenschel, and Kurt Schwitters. After him are Georges Bernanos, Hugo Boss, Umberto Giordano, D. W. Griffith, Iwane Matsui, and Pompeu Fabra.

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Among people born in United States, John J. Pershing ranks 848 out of 20,380Before him are Wes Craven (1939), Jerome Isaac Friedman (1930), Benny Goodman (1909), Martin Seligman (1942), Robert Venturi (1925), and Lex Barker (1919). After him are Dorothea Lange (1895), Leon Cooper (1930), Clifford Shull (1915), Morgan Fairchild (1950), Ronnie Coleman (1964), and Benjamin Guggenheim (1865).


Among military personnels born in United States, John J. Pershing ranks 11Before him are Chester W. Nimitz (1885), Paul Tibbets (1915), George Armstrong Custer (1839), Albert Pike (1809), Matthew C. Perry (1794), and Omar Bradley (1893). After him are Benedict Arnold (1741), Richard Winters (1918), Yonatan Netanyahu (1946), Charles Sweeney (1919), Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (1934), and William Westmoreland (1914).