Stamford Raffles

1781 - 1826

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Sir Thomas Stamford Bingley Raffles (5 July 1781 – 5 July 1826) was a British colonial official who served as the governor of the Dutch East Indies between 1811 and 1816 and lieutenant-governor of Bencoolen between 1818 and 1824. Raffles was involved in the capture of the Indonesian island of Java from the Dutch during the Napoleonic Wars. It was returned under the Anglo–Dutch Treaty of 1814. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Stamford Raffles has received more than 1,481,053 page views. His biography is available in 53 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 50 in 2019). Stamford Raffles is the 2,001st most popular politician (up from 2,088th in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Jamaica and the most popular Jamaican Politician.

Stamford Raffles was a British colonial administrator who founded the city of Singapore and was a major figure in the early history of the British Empire in Southeast Asia.

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Among politicians, Stamford Raffles ranks 2,001 out of 19,576Before him are Tristan, Liu Shan, Prince Napoléon Bonaparte, Francis II of the Two Sicilies, William II of Sicily, and Khaba. After him are Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Najm ad-Din Ayyub, Axel Oxenstierna, Al-Hakam II, Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, and Nikolai Podgorny.

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Among people born in 1781, Stamford Raffles ranks 8Before him are George Stephenson, Louis Joseph, Dauphin of France, Bernard Bolzano, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, René Laennec, and Siméon Denis Poisson. After him are Adelbert von Chamisso, William I of Württemberg, Anton Diabelli, Achim von Arnim, Frederica of Baden, and David Brewster. Among people deceased in 1826, Stamford Raffles ranks 11Before him are John VI of Portugal, Joseph von Fraunhofer, René Laennec, Philippe Pinel, Maria Leopoldina of Austria, and Joseph Proust. After him are Elizabeth Alexeievna, Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Levin August von Bennigsen, Frederica of Baden, Nikolay Karamzin, and Marie-Guillemine Benoist.

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In Jamaica

Among people born in Jamaica, Stamford Raffles ranks 2 out of 189Before him are Bob Marley (1945). After him are Grace Jones (1948), Usain Bolt (1986), Peter Tosh (1944), Marcus Garvey (1887), Ben Johnson (1961), Jimmy Cliff (1948), Stuart Hall (1932), Liz Mitchell (1952), Violet Brown (1900), and Merlene Ottey (1960).

Among POLITICIANS In Jamaica

Among politicians born in Jamaica, Stamford Raffles ranks 1After him are Portia Simpson-Miller (1945), Michael Manley (1924), Kenneth O. Hall (1941), Andrew Holness (1972), Howard Cooke (1915), Bruce Golding (1947), Alexander Bustamante (1884), Hugh Shearer (1923), Norman Manley (1893), Donald Sangster (1911), and Lisa Hanna (1975).