Lew Wallace

1827 - 1905

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Lewis Wallace (April 10, 1827 – February 15, 1905) was an American lawyer, Union general in the American Civil War, governor of New Mexico Territory, politician, diplomat, artist, and author from Indiana. Among his novels and biographies, Wallace is best known for his historical adventure story, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1880), a bestselling novel that has been called "the most influential Christian book of the nineteenth century." Wallace's military career included service in the Mexican–American War and the American Civil War. He was appointed Indiana's adjutant general and commanded the 11th Indiana Infantry Regiment. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lew Wallace has received more than 1,221,389 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 31 in 2019). Lew Wallace is the 8,037th most popular politician (down from 7,597th in 2019), the 2,659th most popular biography from United States (down from 2,649th in 2019) and the 171st most popular American Politician.

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Among politicians, Lew Wallace ranks 8,037 out of 19,576Before him are Bernard VII, Count of Armagnac, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Margravine Johanna of Baden-Baden, Ishpuini of Urartu, George II of Bulgaria, and Harold Holt. After him are Tung Chee-hwa, Luis de Requesens y Zúñiga, Kaykhusraw III, Sen Katayama, Talal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and Maria Aurora von Königsmarck.

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Among people born in 1827, Lew Wallace ranks 26Before him are Frederick Abel, Konstantin Pobedonostsev, Mihály Zichy, Henry Gray, Pyotr Semyonov-Tyan-Shansky, and Archduke Wilhelm Franz of Austria. After him are Goffredo Mameli, Sandford Fleming, Archduke Rainer Ferdinand of Austria, Grand Duchess Catherine Mikhailovna of Russia, Nikolai Severtzov, and Paul de Lagarde. Among people deceased in 1905, Lew Wallace ranks 34Before him are Adolf Bastian, Ivan Sechenov, Otto Wilhelm von Struve, Carmine Crocco, George MacDonald, and Meyer Guggenheim. After him are José-Maria de Heredia, Pedro Américo, Mary Mapes Dodge, Franz Reuleaux, Clément Juglar, and Tippu Tip.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Lew Wallace ranks 2,659 out of 20,380Before him are Jane Alexander (1939), Monte Melkonian (1957), John Basilone (1916), Merian C. Cooper (1893), John Kennedy Toole (1937), and David Baltimore (1938). After him are Ed McBain (1926), Edsel Ford (1893), Larry Sanger (1968), Téa Leoni (1966), Nicholas Negroponte (1943), and Eddie Fisher (1928).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, Lew Wallace ranks 171Before him are James Baker (1930), John C. Calhoun (1782), Nicholas Murray Butler (1862), Dianne Feinstein (1933), Robert Gates (1943), and Kamehameha III (1814). After him are Jay Rockefeller (1937), William Joyce (1906), Ronald Lauder (1944), Charles W. Fairbanks (1852), Ralph Nader (1934), and Edith Roosevelt (1861).