William Howard Russell

1820 - 1907

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Sir William Howard Russell, (28 March 1820 – 11 February 1907) was an Irish reporter with The Times, and is considered to have been one of the first modern war correspondents. He spent 22 months covering the Crimean War, including the Siege of Sevastopol and the Charge of the Light Brigade. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Howard Russell has received more than 109,522 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 19 in 2019). William Howard Russell is the 258th most popular social activist (up from 259th in 2019), the 104th most popular biography from Ireland (up from 121st in 2019) and the most popular Irish Social Activist.

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Among social activists, William Howard Russell ranks 258 out of 544Before him are David Frankfurter, Christabel Pankhurst, Emmett Till, Cut Nyak Dhien, Paul Watson, and Wessel Freytag von Loringhoven. After him are Policarpa Salavarrieta, Nancy Wake, Beppe Grillo, Ken Saro-Wiwa, Nimr al-Nimr, and Ricardo Flores Magón.

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Among people born in 1820, William Howard Russell ranks 36Before him are Émile Augier, Prince Henry of the Netherlands, Afanasy Fet, Alexandre-Émile Béguyer de Chancourtois, Arvid Posse, and Pōmare III. After him are Princess Maria Carolina of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Mirko Petrović-Njegoš, Alexander Serov, Fanny Crosby, Cornelius Gurlitt, and Julia Gardiner Tyler. Among people deceased in 1907, William Howard Russell ranks 42Before him are Nicolae Grigorescu, John Kerr, William, Prince of Wied, Prince Ludwig August of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Ottomar Anschütz, and Lucile Grahn. After him are Zacharie Astruc, Joseph Hellmesberger Jr., Agathe Backer Grøndahl, Otto Kuntze, Prince Moritz of Saxe-Altenburg, and Eva Nansen.

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Among people born in Ireland, William Howard Russell ranks 104 out of 460Before him are Patrick Pearse (1879), Nicholas Aylward Vigors (1785), Jim Sheridan (1949), William Brown (1777), William Petty, 2nd Earl of Shelburne (1737), and Fionnula Flanagan (1941). After him are Kevin of Glendalough (498), Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751), John Millington Synge (1871), Douglas Hyde (1860), John Banville (1945), and Charles Villiers Stanford (1852).


Among social activists born in Ireland, William Howard Russell ranks 1After him are Mary Harris Jones (1837), Wolfe Tone (1763), Eoin O'Duffy (1890), Robert Emmet (1778), and William Smith O'Brien (1803).