William Colby

1920 - 1996

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William Egan Colby (January 4, 1920 – April 27, 1996) was an American intelligence officer who served as Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) from September 1973 to January 1976. During World War II Colby served with the Office of Strategic Services. After the war he joined the newly created Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Colby has received more than 657,880 page views. His biography is available in 19 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). William Colby is the 12,601st most popular politician (down from 11,986th in 2019), the 6,558th most popular biography from United States (down from 5,939th in 2019) and the 412th most popular American Politician.

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Among politicians, William Colby ranks 12,601 out of 15,710Before him are William Perry, Mamadou Dia, Gary Locke, Michael Ignatieff, William Lai, and Harry Cohn. After him are Filippos Karvelas, George Friedman, Sakari Tuomioja, Julian Castro, Adam Rapacki, and Peter Šťastný.

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Among people born in 1920, William Colby ranks 279Before him are Paul Mebus, Vincentas Sladkevičius, Maxi Herber, Roy Jenkins, Rudolf Kárpáti, and Eugênio Sales. After him are Clive Dunn, Karel Píč, William Tenn, Sverre Farstad, Kenneth McAlpine, and Laraine Day. Among people deceased in 1996, William Colby ranks 207Before him are George Kojac, Inger Jacobsen, Mark Lenard, Anni Steuer, McLean Stevenson, and Yun Chi-young. After him are Ludovico Avio, Raaj Kumar, N. T. Rama Rao, Osvaldo Velloso de Barros, Guy Madison, and Wálter Guevara.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, William Colby ranks 6,558 out of 15,968Before him are Jeffrey Eugenides (1960), Nancy Wilson (1937), Robert John Burke (1960), Dana Plato (1964), Harry Cohn (1891), and Carol Morris (1936). After him are Ted McGinley (1958), Daniel Quillen (1940), June Gable (1945), Evan Peters (1987), Bill Black (1926), and James Dashner (1972).

Among POLITICIANS In United States

Among politicians born in United States, William Colby ranks 412Before him are Walter Isaacson (1952), James Comey (1960), Joe Arpaio (1932), William Perry (1927), Gary Locke (1950), and Harry Cohn (1891). After him are Julian Castro (1974), Richard Henry Lee (1732), Edwin Stanton (1814), John Boehner (1949), James G. Blaine (1830), and Owen D. Young (1874).