Robert Gould Shaw

1837 - 1863

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Robert Gould Shaw (October 10, 1837 – July 18, 1863) was an American officer in the Union Army during the American Civil War. Born into a prominent Boston abolitionist family, he accepted command of the first all-black regiment (the 54th Massachusetts) in the Northeast. Supporting the promised equal treatment for his troops, he encouraged the men to refuse their pay until it was equal to that of white troops' wage. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Robert Gould Shaw has received more than 2,179,386 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Robert Gould Shaw is the 1,260th most popular military personnel (down from 1,106th in 2019), the 5,023rd most popular biography from United States (up from 5,135th in 2019) and the 82nd most popular American Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Robert Gould Shaw ranks 1,260 out of 1,466Before him are George Pickett, Dmitry Lelyushenko, Tom Phillips, Kanhoji Angre, Riad al-Asaad, and Honoré Charles Reille. After him are Ziba Ganiyeva, Henry Beaufort, 3rd Duke of Somerset, Frederick Roberts, 1st Earl Roberts, Henri Saint Cyr, Richard O'Connor, and Henri Dentz.

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Among people born in 1837, Robert Gould Shaw ranks 73Before him are George Dewey, Alphonse Legros, Mary Harris Jones, Ignatz Kolisch, Charles Yerkes, and Elizabeth Jane Gardner. After him are Wilhelm Kühne, Wilhelm Lexis, Princess Bathildis of Anhalt-Dessau, Francis Marrash, William Dean Howells, and Walter Hauser. Among people deceased in 1863, Robert Gould Shaw ranks 36Before him are Josephine Kablick, August Beer, Ferdinand, Hereditary Prince of Denmark, Salomon Müller, Giuseppe Gioachino Belli, and Johann Wilhelm Schirmer. After him are Little Crow, Edward Robinson, John B. Floyd, Christian von Steven, Alfred Moquin-Tandon, and Jane Pierce.

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Among people born in United States, Robert Gould Shaw ranks 5,023 out of 15,968Before him are Mark St. John (1956), Lee Wallard (1910), Peter Lamborn Wilson (1945), Doris Roberts (1925), Chloë Sevigny (1974), and Ginnifer Goodwin (1978). After him are Helen B. Taussig (1898), Alex Rocco (1936), Larry Carlton (1948), Cat Power (1972), Hendrik Wade Bode (1905), and Frank Elmore Ross (1874).


Among military personnels born in United States, Robert Gould Shaw ranks 82Before him are William D. Leahy (1875), William Guarnere (1923), Robert Anderson (1805), Eddie Slovik (1920), J. E. B. Stuart (1833), and George Pickett (1825). After him are Richmond K. Turner (1885), Arthur MacArthur Jr. (1845), Nathanael Greene (1742), George Crook (1828), Braxton Bragg (1817), and Hugh Thompson Jr. (1943).