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King Taksin the Great (Thai: สมเด็จพระเจ้าตากสินมหาราช, RTGS: Somdet Phra Chao Taksin Maharat, listen ) or the King of Thonburi (Thai: สมเด็จพระเจ้ากรุงธนบุรี, RTGS: Somdet Phra Chao Krung Thon Buri; simplified Chinese: 郑昭; traditional Chinese: 鄭昭; pinyin: Zhèng Zhāo; Teochew: Dên Chao; April 17, 1734 – April 7, 1782) was the only king of the Thonburi Kingdom. He had been an aristocrat in the Ayutthaya Kingdom and then was a major leader during the liberation of Siam from Burmese occupation after the Second Fall of Ayutthaya in 1767, and the subsequent unification of Siam after it fell under various warlords. He established the city of Thonburi as the new capital, as the city of Ayutthaya had been almost completely destroyed by the invaders. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Taksin has received more than 542,211 page views. His biography is available in 39 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 35 in 2019). Taksin is the 2,988th most popular politician (down from 2,608th in 2019), the 8th most popular biography from Thailand (up from 9th in 2019) and the 8th most popular Thai Politician.

Taksin was a Thai King who overthrew the old dynasty and established the Thonburi Kingdom. He is most famous for his leadership in the face of the Burmese invasion and the resulting Siamese-Burmese War.

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Among politicians, Taksin ranks 2,988 out of 15,577Before him are Macbeth, King of Scotland, Souphanouvong, Ismail Qemali, Yazdegerd II, Leopold I, Duke of Austria, and Charles Emmanuel IV of Sardinia. After him are Armand Fallières, Julia Maesa, Andreas Papandreou, Djedkare Isesi, Francis Phoebus of Navarre, and Archduchess Maria Maddalena of Austria.

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Among people born in 1734, Taksin ranks 5Before him are Franz Mesmer, Maria I of Portugal, Grigory Orlov, and Cardinal de Rohan. After him are François-Joseph Gossec, Wolfgang von Kempelen, Anna Göldi, Sophie of France, Charles Alexandre de Calonne, Joseph Wright of Derby, and Shahrokh Shah. Among people deceased in 1782, Taksin ranks 9Before him are Johann Christian Bach, Anne Bonny, Pietro Metastasio, Jacques de Vaucanson, Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, 1st Marquis of Pombal, and Louisa Ulrika of Prussia. After him are Ange-Jacques Gabriel, Anna Göldi, Sophie of France, Andreas Sigismund Marggraf, Princess Friederike of Hesse-Darmstadt, and Hyder Ali.

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In Thailand

Among people born in Thailand, Taksin ranks 8 out of 155Before him are Chulalongkorn (1853), Mongkut (1804), Rama I (1736), Sirikit (1932), Prajadhipok (1893), and Thaksin Shinawatra (1949). After him are Vajiravudh (1880), Plaek Phibunsongkhram (1897), Prem Tinsulanonda (1920), Emmanuelle Arsan (1932), Rama III (1788), and Prayut Chan-o-cha (1954).

Among POLITICIANS In Thailand

Among politicians born in Thailand, Taksin ranks 8Before him are Chulalongkorn (1853), Mongkut (1804), Rama I (1736), Sirikit (1932), Prajadhipok (1893), and Thaksin Shinawatra (1949). After him are Vajiravudh (1880), Plaek Phibunsongkhram (1897), Prem Tinsulanonda (1920), Rama III (1788), Prayut Chan-o-cha (1954), and Rama II of Siam (1767).