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Lester B. Pearson

1897 - 1972

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Lester Bowles "Mike" Pearson (23 April 1897 – 27 December 1972) was a Canadian scholar, statesman, diplomat, and politician who served as the 14th prime minister of Canada from 1963 to 1968. Born in Newtonbrook, Ontario (now part of Toronto), Pearson pursued a career in the Department of External Affairs. He served as Canadian ambassador to the United States from 1944 to 1946 and secretary of state for external affairs from 1948 to 1957 under Liberal 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 1,503,462 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia. Lester B. Pearson is the 6,220th most popular politician (down from 5,905th in 2019), the 92nd most popular biography from Canada (down from 78th in 2019) and the 4th most popular Canadian Politician.

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Among politicians, Lester B. Pearson ranks 6,220 out of 15,577Before him are Adalbert, Margrave of Austria, Eugen Ehrlich, Emperor Montoku, Ivan Asen III of Bulgaria, Merenhor, and William Clito. After him are Augustinas Voldemaras, Sukjong of Goryeo, Frederick II, Landgrave of Hesse-Kassel, Bolesław IV the Curly, Zhu Yujian, and Infante Alfonso, Duke of Calabria.

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Among people born in 1897, Lester B. Pearson ranks 90Before him are Otto Dietrich, Polina Zhemchuzhina, Robert Ludvigovich Bartini, Kurt Gerron, Samuel Noah Kramer, and Adolf Heusinger. After him are Arthur Greiser, Chen Cheng, Josep Pla, Eddie Eagan, Alexandre Tansman, and Bernard Lyot. Among people deceased in 1972, Lester B. Pearson ranks 58Before him are Jigme Dorji Wangchuck, Ghassan Kanafani, Eugène Tisserant, Harlow Shapley, Matvei Zakharov, and Stephen Timoshenko. After him are Watchman Nee, Prescott Bush, Jules Romains, C. Rajagopalachari, George Sanders, and Chen Yi.

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Among people born in Canada, Lester B. Pearson ranks 92 out of 1,350Before him are Justin Bieber (1994), Jack L. Warner (1892), Graham Greene (1952), Rudolph A. Marcus (1923), Brian Tracy (1944), and Norma Shearer (1902). After him are Rocky Johnson (1944), Jacques Villeneuve (1971), Joe Weider (1919), Donna Strickland (1959), William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874), and Denny Doherty (1940).


Among politicians born in Canada, Lester B. Pearson ranks 4Before him are Justin Trudeau (1971), Pierre Trudeau (1919), and Marie-Louise Meilleur (1880). After him are William Lyon Mackenzie King (1874), Louis Riel (1844), Jean Chrétien (1934), Bonar Law (1858), Wilfrid Laurier (1841), Paul Martin (1938), Brian Mulroney (1939), and Terry Sawchuk (1929).