Robert E. Lee

1807 - 1870

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Robert Edward Lee (January 19, 1807 – October 12, 1870) was an American Confederate general best known for his service to the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War, during which he was appointed the overall commander of the Confederate States Army. He led the Army of Northern Virginia, the Confederacy's most powerful army, from 1862 until its surrender in 1865. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert E. Lee has received more than 14,257,935 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). Robert E. Lee is the 129th most popular military personnel (down from 127th in 2019), the 367th most popular biography from United States (down from 324th in 2019) and the 6th most popular American Military Personnel.

Robert E. Lee was a general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He is most famous for leading the Confederate army to defeat in the Battle of Gettysburg.

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Among military personnels, Robert E. Lee ranks 129 out of 1,466Before him are Dong Zhuo, Perdiccas, Chester W. Nimitz, Hiroo Onoda, Bohemond I of Antioch, and Semyon Timoshenko. After him are Zhou Yu, Ferdinand Schörner, Nero Claudius Drusus, Hasdrubal Barca, Raymond IV, Count of Toulouse, and Louis, Grand Condé.

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Among people born in 1807, Robert E. Lee ranks 2Before him is Giuseppe Garibaldi. After him are Josephine of Leuchtenberg, Jules Grévy, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Louis Agassiz, Princess Feodora of Leiningen, Joseph Petzval, Harriet Taylor Mill, Lajos Batthyány, Bezmiâlem Sultan, and Princess Charlotte of Württemberg. Among people deceased in 1870, Robert E. Lee ranks 4Before him are Charles Dickens, Alexandre Dumas, and Prosper Mérimée. After him are Frédéric Bazille, Comte de Lautréamont, Alexander Herzen, Josef Strauss, Francisco Solano López, Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Gabriel Lamé, and Gustavo Adolfo Bécquer.

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Among people born in United States, Robert E. Lee ranks 367 out of 15,968Before him are Claude Shannon (1916), Jim Mattis (1950), Zodiac Killer (1940), Herbert A. Simon (1916), Jimmy Hoffa (1913), and Philip Roth (1933). After him are Margaret Mead (1901), Montgomery Clift (1920), Shaquille O'Neal (1972), Alvin Toffler (1928), Gertrude Stein (1874), and Sydney Pollack (1934).


Among military personnels born in United States, Robert E. Lee ranks 6Before him are Douglas MacArthur (1880), George S. Patton (1885), Desmond Doss (1919), Robert Peary (1856), and Chester W. Nimitz (1885). After him are George Armstrong Custer (1839), Paul Tibbets (1915), Matthew C. Perry (1794), Omar Bradley (1893), John J. Pershing (1860), and Yonatan Netanyahu (1946).