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William Smith O'Brien

1803 - 1864

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William Smith O'Brien (Irish: Liam Mac Gabhann Ó Briain; 17 October 1803 – 18 June 1864) was an Irish nationalist Member of Parliament (MP) and a leader of the Young Ireland movement. He also encouraged the use of the Irish language. He was convicted of sedition for his part in the Young Irelander "Famine Rebellion" of 1848 but his sentence of death was commuted to deportation to Van Diemen's Land. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of William Smith O'Brien has received more than 132,774 page views. Her biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia. William Smith O'Brien is the 528th most popular social activist (down from 457th in 2019), the 325th most popular biography from Ireland (down from 305th in 2019) and the 6th most popular Irish Social Activist.

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Among social activists, William Smith O'Brien ranks 528 out of 538Before her are Elizaveta Glinka, Jared Taylor, Albertina Sisulu, Roger Stone, Peter Arnett, and Chen Guangcheng. After her are Oinikhol Bobonazarova, Ingrid Newkirk, Frank Kameny, Jan Egeland, Luis Taruc, and Rachel Corrie.

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Among people born in 1803, William Smith O'Brien ranks 69Before her are Juan Bravo Murillo, Sarah Yorke Jackson, George Borrow, Domingo Nieto, James Challis, and Manuel Felipe de Tovar. After her is Sir James Outram, 1st Baronet. Among people deceased in 1864, William Smith O'Brien ranks 68Before her are José Justo Corro, Juris Alunāns, John Clare, John Sedgwick, Adelaide Anne Procter, and Leonidas Polk. After her is Henry Schoolcraft.

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Among people born in Ireland, William Smith O'Brien ranks 325 out of 501Before her are Ronan Keating (1977), Ray McAnally (1926), Johnny Giles (1940), Seán Mac Diarmada (1883), Mabel Cahill (1863), and Stephen Gately (1976). After her are Nahum Tate (1652), Christy Moore (1945), Duncan Hamilton (1920), Jack Lynch (1917), Dave Allen (1936), and Geoffrey Keating (1569).


Among social activists born in Ireland, William Smith O'Brien ranks 6Before her are William Howard Russell (1820), Mary Harris Jones (1837), Wolfe Tone (1763), Eoin O'Duffy (1890), and Robert Emmet (1778).