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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 4,996,913 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Nathan Bedford Forrest is the 406th most popular military personnel (up from 652nd in 2019), the 1,161st most popular biography from United States (up from 2,083rd in 2019) and the 14th most popular American Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Nathan Bedford Forrest ranks 406 out of 1,468Before him are Herbert Gille, Zhang He, Nikolaus von Falkenhorst, François Achille Bazaine, Dmitry Pavlov, and Viktor Kulikov. After him are Lü Meng, Imru' al-Qais, Johannes Frießner, Archduke Karl Ferdinand of Austria, Alexander von Falkenhausen, and Heinrich von Vietinghoff.

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Among people born in 1821, Nathan Bedford Forrest ranks 16Before him are Pauline Viardot, Lola Montez, Louis Vuitton, Auguste Mariette, Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria, and Arthur Cayley. After him are Heinrich Barth, Andrew Kim Taegon, Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Nikolay Nekrasov, Wilhelm Tempel, and Johann Josef Loschmidt. Among people deceased in 1877, Nathan Bedford Forrest ranks 14Before him are Maria Anna of Bavaria, Amalie Auguste of Bavaria, Gustav, Prince of Vasa, Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Hermann Grassmann, and Sophie of Württemberg. After him are Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Juan Manuel de Rosas, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Antoine Augustin Cournot, Constantine Kanaris, and Kido Takayoshi.

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Among people born in United States, Nathan Bedford Forrest ranks 1,161 out of 18,182Before him are Andre Agassi (1970), Robert Taylor (1911), Julian Schwinger (1918), Russell Alan Hulse (1950), Martha Gellhorn (1908), and Hal Holbrook (1925). After him are Phil Jackson (1945), William Boeing (1881), Tori Amos (1963), Don King (1931), Bill Pullman (1953), and Val Kilmer (1959).


Among military personnels born in United States, Nathan Bedford Forrest ranks 14Before him are Paul Tibbets (1915), Matthew C. Perry (1794), Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), Albert Pike (1809), and William Tecumseh Sherman (1820). After him are Stonewall Jackson (1824), Yonatan Netanyahu (1946), Raymond A. Spruance (1886), Richard Winters (1918), Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (1934), and William Westmoreland (1914).