Matthew Henson

1866 - 1955

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Matthew Alexander Henson (August 8, 1866 – March 9, 1955) was an African American explorer who accompanied Robert Peary on seven voyages to the Arctic over a period of nearly 23 years. They spent a total of 18 years on expeditions together. He is best known for his participation in the 1908–1909 expedition that claimed to have reached the geographic North Pole on April 6, 1909. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Matthew Henson has received more than 1,012,282 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Matthew Henson is the 429th most popular explorer (down from 386th in 2019), the 9,410th most popular biography from United States (down from 8,242nd in 2019) and the 33rd most popular Explorer.

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Among explorers, Matthew Henson ranks 429 out of 405Before him are Edgeworth David, Charles Sturt, William Lashly, Ed Stafford, Wiley Post, and David Thompson. After him are Hubert Wilkins, Samuel Hearne, Henry Seebohm, Harry Johnston, George Grey, and Allan Cunningham.

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Among people born in 1866, Matthew Henson ranks 133Before him are Hiram Johnson, James Ewing, Ernest Mangnall, Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon, Ole Østmo, and E. W. Hornung. After him are Saliamonas Banaitis, Albertson Van Zo Post, David Samanez Ocampo, and Jimmy Ross. Among people deceased in 1955, Matthew Henson ranks 145Before him are David Carstens, Rukhmabai, Robert E. Sherwood, Alice Joyce, Pentti Haanpää, and John Hodiak. After him are S. Z. Sakall, Einar Arnórsson, Harry Cobby, André Rischmann, Katharine Drexel, and Robert Riskin.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Matthew Henson ranks 9,410 out of 18,182Before him are Cliff Bourland (1921), Eileen Davidson (1959), Norman Johnson (1930), Brian Gottfried (1952), Samuel George Morton (1799), and William Wallace Denslow (1856). After him are Sally Menke (1953), Kay Francis (1905), John Casper (1943), Danny Carey (1961), Debra Monk (1949), and Brian Van Holt (1969).

Among EXPLORERS In United States

Among explorers born in United States, Matthew Henson ranks 33Before him are George Kennan (1845), Frederick Russell Burnham (1861), John Colter (1774), Isaac Israel Hayes (1832), Elisha Kent Kane (1820), and Wiley Post (1898). After him are Adolphus Greely (1844) and Ann Bancroft (1955).