Smedley Butler

1881 - 1940

Photo of Smedley Butler

Icon of person Smedley Butler

Major General Smedley Darlington Butler (July 30, 1881 – June 21, 1940), nicknamed "Maverick Marine", was a senior United States Marine Corps officer who fought in the Philippine–American War, the Boxer Rebellion, the Mexican Revolution and World War I. During his 34-year career as a Marine, he participated in military actions in the Philippines, China, Central America, the Caribbean during the Banana Wars, and France in World War I. Butler was, at the time of his death, the most decorated Marine in U.S. history. By the end of his career, Butler had received 16 medals, five for heroism. He is one of 19 men to receive the Medal of Honor twice, one of three to be awarded both the Marine Corps Brevet Medal (along with Wendell Neville and David Porter) and the Medal of Honor, and the only Marine to be awarded the Brevet Medal and two Medals of Honor, all for separate actions. In 1933, he became involved in a controversy known as the Business Plot, when he told a congressional committee that a group of wealthy industrialists were planning a military coup to overthrow President Franklin D. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Smedley Butler has received more than 2,532,288 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Smedley Butler is the 1,332nd most popular military personnel (down from 1,124th in 2019), the 6,002nd most popular biography from United States (down from 5,684th in 2019) and the 94th most popular American Military Personnel.

Memorability Metrics

  • 2.5M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 59.18

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 21

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 1.86

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.82

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

Page views of Smedley Butlers by language


Among military personnels, Smedley Butler ranks 1,332 out of 1,466Before him are Tommy Franks, Walter Krueger, Alexander von Krobatin, J. Lawton Collins, Felix Graf von Bothmer, and Roy Urquhart. After him are Constantine Diogenes, John Pope, Vladimir Tributs, Mundus, Frederick Browning, and Robert L. Eichelberger.

Most Popular Military Personnels in Wikipedia

Go to all Rankings


Among people born in 1881, Smedley Butler ranks 143Before him are Louis Bastien, Ludwig Kaas, Benjamin Jekhowsky, Sergey Merkurov, Walter Krueger, and Heinrich Burger. After him are Fernand Sanz, Otto Toeplitz, Abram Deborin, Henri Laurent, Eulalio Gutiérrez, and Sir George Thomas, 7th Baronet. Among people deceased in 1940, Smedley Butler ranks 125Before him are Johan Anker, Paul Passy, Einar Benediktsson, Kazimierz Przerwa-Tetmajer, Arthur De Greef, and Ljubomir Davidović. After him are Otto Toeplitz, Robert Emden, Heinrich Kayser, Hendrik Marsman, Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, and Wilhelm Anderson.

Others Born in 1881

Go to all Rankings

Others Deceased in 1940

Go to all Rankings

In United States

Among people born in United States, Smedley Butler ranks 6,002 out of 15,968Before him are Dion DiMucci (1939), Johnny Griffin (1928), Amanda Bearse (1958), Edward Burns (1968), Cameron Boyce (1999), and Monte Hellman (1932). After him are Jack Albertson (1907), Jakob Dylan (1969), Eudora Welty (1909), Bridget Moynahan (1971), Ronnie Radke (1983), and Edward M. House (1858).


Among military personnels born in United States, Smedley Butler ranks 94Before him are Hugh Thompson Jr. (1943), Richard Bong (1920), William T. Anderson (1839), Jonathan M. Wainwright (1883), Tommy Franks (1945), and J. Lawton Collins (1896). After him are John Pope (1822), Robert L. Eichelberger (1886), Stephen Decatur (1779), Harold Rainsford Stark (1880), Irvin McDowell (1818), and Jacob L. Devers (1887).