Tokugawa Ieyasu

1542 - 1616

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Tokugawa Ieyasu (徳川家康, January 31, 1543 – June 1, 1616; born Matsudaira Takechiyo and later taking other names) was the founder and first shōgun of the Tokugawa Shogunate of Japan, which ruled Japan from 1603 until the Meiji Restoration in 1868. He was one of the three "Great Unifiers" of Japan, along with his former lord Oda Nobunaga and fellow Oda subordinate Toyotomi Hideyoshi. The son of a minor daimyo, Ieyasu once lived as a hostage under daimyo Imagawa Yoshimoto on behalf of his father. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Tokugawa Ieyasu has received more than 3,558,557 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Tokugawa Ieyasu is the 39th most popular military personnel (down from 17th in 2019), the 13th most popular biography from Japan (down from 9th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Japanese Military Personnel.

Tokugawa Ieyasu is most famous for his victory over his opponents in the Battle of Sekigahara, which led to the establishment of the Tokugawa shogunate.

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Among military personnels, Tokugawa Ieyasu ranks 39 out of 1,466Before him are Flavius Aetius, T. E. Lawrence, Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, Guan Yu, Isoroku Yamamoto, and Baron Munchausen. After him are Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, Arminius, Manfred von Richthofen, Ernst Röhm, Alfred Jodl, and Gerd von Rundstedt.

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Among people born in 1542, Tokugawa Ieyasu ranks 3Before him are Mary, Queen of Scots and Akbar. After him are John of the Cross, Hattori Hanzō, Robert Bellarmine, Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira, Isabella de' Medici, Giovanni Leonardo Di Bona, Jan Zamoyski, Henriette of Cleves, and Mariam-uz-Zamani. Among people deceased in 1616, Tokugawa Ieyasu ranks 3Before him are William Shakespeare and Miguel de Cervantes. After him are Vincenzo Scamozzi, Maria Anna of Bavaria, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, Jacob Le Maire, Simeon Bekbulatovich, John Adolf, Duke of Holstein-Gottorp, Andreas Libavius, Tang Xianzu, and Kuzma Minin.

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Among people born in Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu ranks 13 out of 5,560Before him are Emperor Meiji (1852), Miyamoto Musashi (1584), Oda Nobunaga (1534), Yoko Ono (1933), Haruki Murakami (1949), and Isoroku Yamamoto (1884). After him are Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536), Murasaki Shikibu (973), Olivia de Havilland (1916), Yukio Mishima (1925), Naruhito (1960), and Yasunari Kawabata (1899).


Among military personnels born in Japan, Tokugawa Ieyasu ranks 3Before him are Oda Nobunaga (1534) and Isoroku Yamamoto (1884). After him are Hattori Hanzō (1542), Minamoto no Yoshitsune (1159), Saigō Takamori (1828), Hiroo Onoda (1922), Chūichi Nagumo (1887), Date Masamune (1567), Akechi Mitsuhide (1526), Tadamichi Kuribayashi (1891), and Tōgō Heihachirō (1848).