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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 heavily involved in the capture of the Indonesian island of Java from the Dutch during the Napoleonic Wars. It was subsequently 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 1,373,554 page views. His biography is available in 50 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 49 in 2019). Stamford Raffles is the 2,122nd most popular politician (down from 1,914th 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 2,122 out of 15,577Before him are King Zhaoxiang of Qin, Arthur Balfour, Vasily II of Moscow, Chlodwig, Prince of Hohenlohe-Schillingsfürst, Eric V of Denmark, and Nogai Khan. After him are Gabriel Bethlen, Tiberius II Constantine, Manfred, King of Sicily, Eumenes II, Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, and Cleomenes I.

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Among people born in 1781, Stamford Raffles ranks 9Before him are Louis Joseph, Dauphin of France, Karl Friedrich Schinkel, René Laennec, Bernard Bolzano, Siméon Denis Poisson, and Adelbert von Chamisso. After him are Anton Diabelli, Frederica of Baden, David Brewster, Achim von Arnim, William I of Württemberg, and Princess Juliane of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Among people deceased in 1826, Stamford Raffles ranks 11Before him are Giuseppe Piazzi, Philippe Pinel, René Laennec, John VI of Portugal, Joseph Proust, and Elizabeth Alexeievna. After him are Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, Maria Leopoldina of Austria, Frederica of Baden, Louis-Gabriel Suchet, Nikolay Karamzin, and Levin August von Bennigsen.

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In Jamaica

Among people born in Jamaica, Stamford Raffles ranks 2 out of 168Before him are Bob Marley (1945). After him are Grace Jones (1948), Usain Bolt (1986), Peter Tosh (1944), Stuart Hall (1932), Jimmy Cliff (1948), Marcus Garvey (1887), Lee "Scratch" Perry (1936), Ben Johnson (1961), Liz Mitchell (1952), and Trevor Berbick (1954).

Among POLITICIANS In Jamaica

Among politicians born in Jamaica, Stamford Raffles ranks 1After him are Patrick Allen (1951), Portia Simpson-Miller (1945), Bilal Philips (1947), Shawn Rhoden (1975), Michael Manley (1924), Kenneth O. Hall (1941), Alexander Bustamante (1884), Bruce Golding (1947), Andrew Holness (1972), P. J. Patterson (1935), and Hugh Shearer (1923).