Solomon Northup

1808 - 1863

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Solomon Northup (born July 10, c. 1807 or 1808) was an American abolitionist and the primary author of the memoir Twelve Years a Slave. A free-born African American from New York, he was the son of a freed slave and a free woman of color. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Solomon Northup has received more than 3,714,675 page views. His biography is available in 22 different languages on Wikipedia. Solomon Northup is the 838th most popular writer (down from 803rd in 2019), the 905th most popular biography from United States (down from 853rd in 2019) and the 97th most popular American Writer.

Solomon Northup was a free black man living in New York in 1841. He was kidnapped and sold into slavery in Louisiana, where he remained for 12 years. He was freed in 1853 and published his memoir, Twelve Years a Slave, in 1853. The book became a bestseller and was adapted into a movie in 2013.

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Among writers, Solomon Northup ranks 838 out of 5,794Before him are Thomas Pynchon, Ivan Franko, Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, marquise de Sévigné, Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, Juliette Récamier, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. After him are Pavel Jozef Šafárik, Theognis of Megara, Patrick White, Machado de Assis, Joannes Zonaras, and Salvatore Quasimodo.

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Among people born in 1808, Solomon Northup ranks 17Before him are Thomas Cook, Duke Maximilian Joseph in Bavaria, David Strauss, Johann Gustav Droysen, Maria Malibran, and Carl Spitzweg. After him are Mohammad Shah Qajar, Princess Louise of Prussia, Wilhelm Weitling, Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, George Robert Gray, and Princess Vilhelmine Marie of Denmark. Among people deceased in 1863, Solomon Northup ranks 6Before him are Eugène Delacroix, Jacob Grimm, Frederick VII of Denmark, William Makepeace Thackeray, and Alfred de Vigny. After him are Horace Vernet, Sa'id of Egypt, Jakob Steiner, Johann Karl Ehrenfried Kegel, Christian Friedrich Hebbel, and Natalia Pushkina.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Solomon Northup ranks 905 out of 15,968Before him are James Hetfield (1963), Chick Corea (1941), Burt Young (1940), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807), Hermann Joseph Muller (1890), and Baruch Samuel Blumberg (1925). After him are Glenn T. Seaborg (1912), Tom Waits (1949), Colin Powell (1937), Lynn Margulis (1938), Robert A. Dahl (1915), and Harry Dean Stanton (1926).

Among WRITERS In United States

Among writers born in United States, Solomon Northup ranks 97Before him are L. Frank Baum (1856), Sinclair Lewis (1885), Anne Rice (1941), Daniel Keyes (1927), Thomas Pynchon (1937), and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807). After him are James Jones (1921), John Updike (1932), Virginia Satir (1916), Richard Matheson (1926), Walter Lippmann (1889), and Jean Webster (1876).