William J. Donovan

1883 - 1959

William J. Donovan

William Joseph ("Wild Bill") Donovan (January 1, 1883 – February 8, 1959) was an American soldier, lawyer, intelligence officer and diplomat, best known for serving as the head of the Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the precursor to the Central Intelligence Agency, during World War II. He is regarded as the founding father of the CIA, and a statue of him stands in the lobby of the CIA headquarters building in Langley, Virginia. A decorated veteran of World War I, Donovan is the only person to have received all four of the United States' highest awards: the Medal of Honor, the Distinguished Service Cross, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the National Security Medal. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William J. Donovan has received more than 596,153 page views. His biography is available in 20 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 11,149th most popular politician.

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Among politicians, William J. Donovan ranks 11,090 out of 14,801Before him are Jacques Barrot, Ċensu Tabone, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Peer Steinbrück, Strom Thurmond, and Julius Pokorny. After him are Mona Sahlin, Mariano Paredes, Ljubomir Davidović, Jenő Fock, Sankhenre Sewadjtu, and Ahmed Abdallah Mohamed Sambi.

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Among people born in 1883, William J. Donovan ranks 150Before him are Alan Brooke, 1st Viscount Alanbrooke, Gheorghe Argeșanu, Alexander Fersman, Estelle Winwood, Manolis Kalomiris, and Joachim Ringelnatz. After him are Hjalmar Bergman, Mikhail Gnessin, Ernst Stadler, Mel Sheppard, Lajos Werkner, and Ford Sterling. Among people deceased in 1959, William J. Donovan ranks 110Before him are William D. Leahy, Ernst Fast, Maxwell Anderson, Eero Lehtonen, George Albert Smith, and Ali-Akbar Dehkhoda. After him are Jacob Epstein, Boris Eikhenbaum, Edmund Gwenn, Irakli Tsereteli, Balthasar van der Pol, and Carl Switzer.

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Among people born in United States, William J. Donovan ranks 4,673 out of 12,171Before him are Nathaniel Lord Britton (1859), Harry Hopkins (1890), Evelyn Keyes (1916), Gary Dourdan (1966), Harry Frankfurt (1929), and Strom Thurmond (1902). After him are Anna Lee Fisher (1949), George Bancroft (1882), Larry Brown (1940), Hal B. Wallis (1898), Larry Carlton (1948), and Frank Marshall (1946).