Thomas-Alexandre Dumas

1762 - 1806

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Thomas-Alexandre Dumas Davy de la Pailleterie (French: [tɔmɑ alɛksɑ̃dʁ dymɑ davi də la pajət(ə)ʁi]; known as Thomas-Alexandre Dumas; 25 March 1762 – 26 February 1806) was a Creole general, from the French colony of Saint-Domingue, in Revolutionary France. Along with his French contemporary Joseph Serrant and other notable brothers in arms in the French Army Toussaint Louverture from Saint-Domingue, Abram Petrovich Gannibal from Imperial Russia and Władysław Franciszek Jabłonowski from Poland, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas is notable as a man of African descent (in Dumas's case, through his mother) leading European troops as a general officer. All four commanded as officers in the French Army and apart from Gannibal, who was only captain and engineer-sapper in the Army of Louis XV during his formative years, they all gained their general ranks in the French Army, about four decades after Gannibal had done the same in Russia. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Thomas-Alexandre Dumas has received more than 1,848,903 page views. His biography is available in 26 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Thomas-Alexandre Dumas is the 427th most popular military personnel (up from 560th in 2019), the 4th most popular biography from Haiti (up from 7th in 2019) and the most popular Haitian Military Personnel.

Thomas-Alexandre Dumas is most famous for being the son of General Alexandre Dumas, and for his novels.

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Among military personnels, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas ranks 427 out of 2,058Before him are Shoichi Yokoi, Gaius Claudius Glaber, Yonatan Netanyahu, Walter Nowotny, Herbert Gille, and Datis. After him are Galdan Boshugtu Khan, Christian Wirth, Günther Lütjens, Xu Huang, He Jin, and August Neidhardt von Gneisenau.

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Among people born in 1762, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas ranks 8Before him are George IV of the United Kingdom, Constanze Mozart, André Chénier, Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria, Gia Long, and Jean-Baptiste Jourdan. After him are Jacques Balmat, Pierre André Latreille, Theroigne de Mericourt, María Cayetana de Silva, 13th Duchess of Alba, Spencer Perceval, and Felice Pasquale Baciocchi. Among people deceased in 1806, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas ranks 17Before him are Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Charles William Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick, Johann Christoph Adelung, Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, Claude Nicolas Ledoux, and Nicolas Leblanc. After him are Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, Princess Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily, Michel Adanson, Mungo Park, Mathurin Jacques Brisson, and Prince Louis Ferdinand of Prussia.

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Among people born in Haiti, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas ranks 4 out of 94Before him are Jean-Jacques Dessalines (1758), François Duvalier (1907), and Toussaint Louverture (1743). After him are Boniface Alexandre (1936), Jean-Claude Duvalier (1951), Alexandre Pétion (1770), Jean-Pierre Boyer (1776), René Préval (1943), John James Audubon (1785), Ariel Henry (1949), and Jeanne Duval (1820).


Among military personnels born in Haiti, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas ranks 1After him are Jean Baptiste Point du Sable (1745).