Lester B. Pearson

1897 - 1972

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Lester Bowles Pearson (23 April 1897 – 27 December 1972) was a Canadian scholar, statesman, soldier, and diplomat who served as the 14th prime minister of Canada from 1963 to 1968, as the head of two back-to-back Liberal minority governments won in the elections of 1963 and 1965. Born in Toronto, Pearson pursued a career in the Department of External Affairs. From 1948 to 1957, he served as Secretary of State for External Affairs under Prime Ministers William Lyon Mackenzie King and Louis St. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lester B. Pearson has received more than 1,253,513 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Lester B. Pearson is the 5,912th most popular politician (up from 6,208th in 2019), the 78th most popular biography from Canada (up from 88th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Canadian Politician.

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Among politicians, Lester B. Pearson ranks 5,912 out of 15,710Before him are Magnus, Duke of Saxony, Constantine Phaulkon, Bechara El Khoury, Seleucus V Philometor, Samori Ture, and Johannes Steinhoff. After him are Emperor Go-Horikawa, Manuel Gomes da Costa, Abd al-Hafid of Morocco, Peter II of Courtenay, Henry II, Duke of Brabant, and Hedwig Jagiellon, Duchess of Bavaria.

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Among people born in 1897, Lester B. Pearson ranks 89Before him are Rouben Mamoulian, Samuel Noah Kramer, Elijah Muhammad, Arthur Greiser, George Szell, and Zakir Husain. After him are Eddie Eagan, Shoghi Effendi, Carl Oberg, Manuel Ávila Camacho, Mukhtar Auezov, and Edith Head. Among people deceased in 1972, Lester B. Pearson ranks 57Before him are Jules Romains, William Dieterle, Watchman Nee, Martiros Saryan, Ghassan Kanafani, and Mahalia Jackson. After him are Eugène Tisserant, Hugo Steinhaus, Aspasia Manos, Chen Yi, George, Crown Prince of Serbia, and Prescott Bush.

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Among people born in Canada, Lester B. Pearson ranks 78 out of 1,130Before him are Yvonne De Carlo (1922), Rachel McAdams (1978), Mylène Farmer (1961), Rudolph A. Marcus (1923), Edward Dmytryk (1908), and Justin Bieber (1994). After him are Victor Garber (1949), Norman Jewison (1926), John Candy (1950), Maurice Richard (1921), Jacques Villeneuve (1971), and Brian Tracy (1944).


Among politicians born in Canada, Lester B. Pearson ranks 3Before him are Justin Trudeau (1971) and Pierre Trudeau (1919). After him are William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874), Marie-Louise Meilleur (1880), Paul Martin (1938), Jean Chrétien (1934), Wilfrid Laurier (1841), Bonar Law (1858), Louis Riel (1844), David Johnston (1941), and Julie Payette (1963).