Mōri Motonari

1497 - 1571

Mōri Motonari

Mōri Motonari (毛利 元就, April 16, 1497 – July 6, 1571) was a prominent daimyō (feudal lord) in the western Chūgoku region of Japan during the Sengoku period of the 16th century. The Mōri clan claimed descent from Ōe no Hiromoto (大江広元), an adviser to Minamoto no Yoritomo. Motonari is known as a great strategist who began as a small local warlord (jizamurai) of Aki Province who extended his clan's power to nearly all of the Chūgoku region through war, marriage, adoption and assassination. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Mōri Motonari has received more than 171,579 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 4,007th most popular politician.

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Among politicians, Mōri Motonari ranks 3,985 out of 14,801Before him are Sancho I of Pamplona, Louis Henri, Duke of Bourbon, Lansana Conté, William, Duke of Nassau, Terauchi Masatake, and Fatma Sultan. After him are Diodotus I, Emperor Zhi of Han, Frederick the Simple, Maximilian, Hereditary Prince of Saxony, Publius Licinius Crassus, and Andrej Babiš.

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Among people born in 1497, Mōri Motonari ranks 6Before him are Philip Melanchthon, Hans Holbein the Younger, Pedro de Valdivia, Beyhan Sultan, and Emperor Go-Nara. After him is Jean Fernel. Among people deceased in 1571, Mōri Motonari ranks 5Before him are Benvenuto Cellini, John Sigismund Zápolya, Niccolò dell'Abbate, and Joachim II Hector, Elector of Brandenburg. After him are Dorothea of Saxe-Lauenburg, Titu Cusi, Hōjō Ujiyasu, Müezzinzade Ali Pasha, Matthew Stewart, 4th Earl of Lennox, and Giovanni Animuccia.

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Among people born in Japan, Mōri Motonari ranks 231 out of 3,113Before him are Edogawa Ranpo (1894), Emperor Seinei (444), Hideki Shirakawa (1936), Shigeru Miyamoto (1952), Hideo Sakai (1909), and Terauchi Masatake (1852). After him are Masao Ono (1923), Emperor Go-Murakami (1328), Hōjō Tokimune (1251), Kaoru Ishikawa (1915), Franklin J. Schaffner (1920), and Katō Kiyomasa (1561).


Among politicians born in Japan, Mōri Motonari ranks 95Before him are Nobuyuki Abe (1875), Masahito, Prince Hitachi (1935), Emperor Go-Shirakawa (1127), Issey Miyake (1938), Emperor Seinei (444), and Terauchi Masatake (1852). After him are Emperor Go-Murakami (1328), Hōjō Tokimune (1251), Katō Kiyomasa (1561), Emperor Bidatsu (538), Emperor Ninken (449), and Emperor Tsuchimikado (1196).

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