Nathan Bedford Forrest

1821 - 1877

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Nathan Bedford Forrest (July 13, 1821 – October 29, 1877) was a prominent Confederate Army general during the American Civil War and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan from 1867 to 1869. Before the war, Forrest amassed substantial wealth as a cotton plantation owner, horse and cattle trader, real estate broker, and slave trader. In June 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate Army and became one of the few soldiers during the war to enlist as a private and be promoted to general without any prior military training. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Nathan Bedford Forrest has received more than 4,055,493 page views. His biography is available in 24 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 22 in 2019). Nathan Bedford Forrest is the 652nd most popular military personnel (up from 846th in 2019), the 2,084th most popular biography from United States (up from 2,846th in 2019) and the 31st most popular American Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Nathan Bedford Forrest ranks 652 out of 1,466Before him are Wolfgang Lotz, Roger of Lauria, Henri Gatien Bertrand, Peter Tordenskjold, Elyesa Bazna, and Joseph Gallieni. After him are Cleombrotus, Sosthenes of Macedon, Charlie Wilson, Hyacinth Graf Strachwitz, Yoshijirō Umezu, and Hermann-Bernhard Ramcke.

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Among people born in 1821, Nathan Bedford Forrest ranks 28Before him are Giovanni Bottesini, Henry Thomas Buckle, Duchess Caroline Mariane of Mecklenburg, Andrew Kim Taegon, Ernst Engel, and Bartolomé Mitre. After him are Franz Doppler, Ford Madox Brown, Tuone Udaina, Eduard Heine, Leon Pinsker, and Archduke Friedrich of Austria. Among people deceased in 1877, Nathan Bedford Forrest ranks 23Before him are Antoine Augustin Cournot, Yaqub Beg, Louis III, Grand Duke of Hesse, Princess Marie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Kido Takayoshi, and Prince Charles of Hesse and by Rhine. After him are Philipp Veit, Friedrich Graf von Wrangel, Constantine Kanaris, Pōmare IV, Heinrich Daniel Ruhmkorff, and Karl Friedrich von Steinmetz.

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Among people born in United States, Nathan Bedford Forrest ranks 2,084 out of 15,968Before him are Hubert Humphrey (1911), Carl Andre (1935), Daniel Carleton Gajdusek (1923), John C. Mather (1946), Ric Flair (1949), and Frank Lucas (1930). After him are Renée Taylor (1933), Dana Elcar (1927), Frederik Pohl (1919), James B. Donovan (1916), Roy Sullivan (1912), and Jonathan Frakes (1952).


Among military personnels born in United States, Nathan Bedford Forrest ranks 31Before him are Husband E. Kimmel (1882), Paul Revere (1735), Charles Sweeney (1919), Mark W. Clark (1896), Abner Doubleday (1819), and Frank Jack Fletcher (1885). After him are Charlie Wilson (1933), Simon Bolivar Buckner Jr. (1886), P. G. T. Beauregard (1818), Matthew Ridgway (1895), William Halsey Jr. (1882), and Joseph Stilwell (1883).