Michael Collins

1890 - 1922

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Michael Collins (Irish: Mícheál Ó Coileáin; 16 October 1890 – 22 August 1922) was an Irish revolutionary, soldier and politician who was a leading figure in the early-20th century struggle for Irish independence. He was Chairman of the Provisional Government of the Irish Free State from January 1922 and commander-in-chief of the National Army from July until his death in an ambush in August 1922, during the Civil War. Collins was born in Woodfield, County Cork, the youngest of eight children. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Michael Collins has received more than 169,952 page views. His biography is available in 58 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 57 in 2019). Michael Collins is the 2,103rd most popular politician (down from 2,075th in 2019), the 25th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 23rd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Irish Politician.

Michael Collins is most famous for his part in the Irish War of Independence and Irish Civil War. He was the Commander-in-Chief of the Irish National Army, and was the last Commander-in-Chief of the Irish Defence Forces.

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Among politicians, Michael Collins ranks 2,103 out of 15,710Before him are Maria Mandl, George Curzon, 1st Marquess Curzon of Kedleston, Aeschines, Paul Biya, Nexhmije Hoxha, and Adolf of Germany. After him are Tianqi Emperor, Manasseh, Ptolemy XI Alexander II, Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, Isabella II of Jerusalem, and Qutuz.

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Among people born in 1890, Michael Collins ranks 27Before him are Walther Funk, Robert Ley, Maria Goretti, Kurt Student, Franz Werfel, and Fanny Kaplan. After him are Victor Lustig, Bohuslav Martinů, Giorgio Morandi, Rachele Mussolini, Anthony Fokker, and Groucho Marx. Among people deceased in 1922, Michael Collins ranks 17Before him are Fredrik Bajer, Walther Rathenau, Ernest Shackleton, Vittorio Monti, Georges Sorel, and Ernest Solvay. After him are Albert I, Prince of Monaco, Nellie Bly, Mori Ōgai, Yamagata Aritomo, Andrey Markov, and Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia.

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In Ireland

Among people born in Ireland, Michael Collins ranks 25 out of 460Before him are W. B. Yeats (1865), William Rowan Hamilton (1805), Laurence Sterne (1713), Ernest Shackleton (1874), Columbanus (540), and Katie McGrath (1983). After him are Enya (1961), Francis Beaufort (1774), Iris Murdoch (1919), Lola Montez (1821), Gabriel Byrne (1950), and Bono (1960).

Among POLITICIANS In Ireland

Among politicians born in Ireland, Michael Collins ranks 3Before him are Edmund Burke (1729) and Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1769). After him are Michael D. Higgins (1941), George Plantagenet, 1st Duke of Clarence (1449), Harald Gille (1103), Causantín mac Cináeda (836), Brian Boru (941), Malcolm II of Scotland (954), Edmund the Martyr (841), Brian Cowen (1960), and Eystein II of Norway (1125).