Matthew Henson

1866 - 1955

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Matthew Alexander Henson (August 8, 1866 – March 9, 1955) was an 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 855,074 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia. Matthew Henson is the 386th most popular explorer (down from 353rd in 2019), the 8,256th most popular biography from United States (down from 6,735th in 2019) and the 30th most popular American Explorer.

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Among explorers, Matthew Henson ranks 386 out of 405Before him are Herbert Ponting, Vilhjalmur Stefansson, Tom Crean, Wiley Post, Allan Cunningham, and Elisha Kent Kane. After him are Boyd Alexander, Adolphus Greely, Edgeworth David, Samuel Hearne, David Thompson, and Charles Sturt.

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Among people born in 1866, Matthew Henson ranks 116Before him are Antonios Pepanos, Maud Gonne, Antonio Luna, Mahboob Ali Khan, Freeman Freeman-Thomas, 1st Marquess of Willingdon, and Saliamonas Banaitis. After him are Georges de la Falaise, David Samanez Ocampo, Ernest Mangnall, Hiram Johnson, and Cornelia Sorabji. Among people deceased in 1955, Matthew Henson ranks 124Before him are Herman Steiner, Martha Norelius, John Hodiak, Robert E. Sherwood, Einar Arnórsson, and David Carstens. After him are Rukhmabai, S. Z. Sakall, Katharine Drexel, Alice Joyce, Robert Riskin, and Mary McLeod Bethune.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Matthew Henson ranks 8,256 out of 15,968Before him are Claudia Christian (1965), Edgar Kennedy (1890), Shannon Leto (1970), Candice King (1987), Richard Garfield (1963), and Isabel Jewell (1907). After him are Carrie Chapman Catt (1859), Bob Orton Jr. (1950), James M. Cox (1870), Alison Sudol (1984), Kid Rock (1971), and Michael Steele (1955).

Among EXPLORERS In United States

Among explorers born in United States, Matthew Henson ranks 30Before him are John Wesley Powell (1834), Charles Francis Hall (1821), Frederick Russell Burnham (1861), Benjamin Morrell (1795), Wiley Post (1898), and Elisha Kent Kane (1820). After him are Adolphus Greely (1844), Isaac Israel Hayes (1832), and Ann Bancroft (1955).