Ruy Barbosa

1849 - 1923

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Ruy Barbosa de Oliveira (5 November 1849 – 1 March 1923), also known as Rui Barbosa, was a Brazilian polymath, diplomat, writer, jurist, and politician. Born in Salvador, Bahia, and a distinguished and staunch defender of civil liberties and the abolition of slavery in Brazil, Barbosa would go on to represent Brazil in the second Hague convention, argued for Brazil's participation in World War I on the side of the Allies, and personally ordered the destruction of all government records pertaining to slavery while he was Minister of Finance. He was forced into exile during the presidency of Floriano Peixoto, as his economic policies while he was finance minister paved the way for a disaster in the Brazilian economy. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ruy Barbosa has received more than 72,229 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 15 in 2019). Ruy Barbosa is the 9,891st most popular politician (down from 9,568th in 2019), the 266th most popular biography from Brazil (down from 236th in 2019) and the 49th most popular Brazilian Politician.

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Among politicians, Ruy Barbosa ranks 9,891 out of 15,710Before him are C. N. Annadurai, Sancha of Castile, Queen of Navarre, Roger Williams, Heinrich von Brentano, Charles Rivière-Hérard, and Gottfried van Swieten. After him are Count Richard Belcredi, Ahmose-Sitkamose, Alfred Milner, 1st Viscount Milner, Dub, King of Scotland, Joseph Serchuk, and Pinhas Lavon.

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Among people born in 1849, Ruy Barbosa ranks 54Before him are Karl Brugmann, Sergei Ivanovich Mosin, Pavol Országh Hviezdoslav, Jérôme Eugène Coggia, Fritz Mauthner, and Jean Richepin. After him are Luther Burbank, Károly Khuen-Héderváry, Emma Lazarus, Johan Kjeldahl, Charles F. Brush, and Albert Heim. Among people deceased in 1923, Ruy Barbosa ranks 64Before him are Fritz Mauthner, Hermes da Fonseca, Charles Proteus Steinmetz, Alexander Lodygin, George Hendrik Breitner, and Kadambini Ganguly. After him are Ernst Otto Beckmann, Stojan Protić, Takeo Arishima, Gunnar Nordström, Ernst Ziller, and Itō Noe.

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Among people born in Brazil, Ruy Barbosa ranks 266 out of 1,947Before him are Márcio Amoroso (1974), Ronaldo Rodrigues de Jesus (1965), Nílton de Sordi (1931), Felipe Melo (1983), Ary Barroso (1903), and Roberto Dinamite (1954). After him are Luiz Gonzaga (1912), Antônio Fagundes (1949), Edmundo (1971), David Luiz (1987), Carlos Luz (1894), and Bigode (1922).


Among politicians born in Brazil, Ruy Barbosa ranks 49Before him are Arthur Bernardes (1875), Epitácio Pessoa (1865), Afonso Pena (1847), Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, Duke of Caxias (1803), Hermes da Fonseca (1855), and José Linhares (1886). After him are Carlos Luz (1894), Nereu Ramos (1888), Luís Carlos Prestes (1898), Jaime Lerner (1937), José Alencar (1931), and Alfredo Ovando Candía (1918).