Lin Zexu

1785 - 1850

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Lin Zexu (30 August 1785 – 22 November 1850), courtesy name Yuanfu, was a Chinese political philosopher and politician. He was the head of states (Viceroy), Governor General, scholar-official, and under Emperor of the Qing dynasty best known for his role in the First Opium War of 1839–42. He was from Fuzhou, Fujian Province. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Lin Zexu has received more than 417,179 page views. His biography is available in 32 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 29 in 2019). Lin Zexu is the 2,840th most popular politician (down from 2,593rd in 2019), the 214th most popular biography from China (down from 209th in 2019) and the 137th most popular Politician.

Lin Zexu was a Chinese official who served in the Qing Dynasty. He is most famous for his refusal to allow the British to take opium into China, and he ordered the destruction of more than 20,000 chests of opium.

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Among politicians, Lin Zexu ranks 2,840 out of 15,577Before him are Cleopatra VI of Egypt, Lu Xun, Natalya Naryshkina, Guy III of Spoleto, Irene of Hungary, and Bindusara. After him are Gina Haspel, Wilhelm Miklas, Duke of Zhou, Michał Korybut Wiśniowiecki, Agostinho Neto, and Hasdrubal the Fair.

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Among people born in 1785, Lin Zexu ranks 7Before him are Louis XVII of France, Mahmud II, Jacob Grimm, Karl Drais, Alessandro Manzoni, and Bettina von Arnim. After him are Claude-Louis Navier, Florestan I, Prince of Monaco, Thomas De Quincey, John James Audubon, Friedrich Wilhelm, Duke of Schleswig-Holstein-Sonderburg-Glücksburg, and Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. Among people deceased in 1850, Lin Zexu ranks 14Before him are José de San Martín, Marie Tussaud, Frédéric Bastiat, Johann Heinrich von Thünen, Louise of Orléans, and Robert Peel. After him are Germain Henri Hess, Jean-Pierre Boyer, José Gervasio Artigas, Vincent Pallotti, Nikolaus Lenau, and Józef Bem.

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Among people born in China, Lin Zexu ranks 214 out of 1,392Before him are Li Ka-shing (1928), Emperor Dezong of Tang (742), Wang Anshi (1021), Emperor Qianshao of Han (-150), Benedict Anderson (1936), and Lu Xun (183). After him are Emperor Zhao of Han (-94), Wang Xizhi (303), Emperor Qinzong (1100), Zhang Xueliang (1901), Külüg Khan (1281), and 3rd Dalai Lama (1543).


Among politicians born in China, Lin Zexu ranks 137Before him are Emperor Ming of Han (28), Longqing Emperor (1537), Emperor Yingzong of Song (1032), Emperor Dezong of Tang (742), Emperor Qianshao of Han (-150), and Lu Xun (183). After him are Emperor Zhao of Han (-94), Wang Xizhi (303), Emperor Qinzong (1100), Zhang Xueliang (1901), Külüg Khan (1281), and 3rd Dalai Lama (1543).