Zebulon Pike

1779 - 1813

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Zebulon Montgomery Pike (January 5, 1779 – April 27, 1813) was an American brigadier general and explorer for whom Pikes Peak in Colorado was named. As a U.S. Army officer he led two expeditions under authority of President Thomas Jefferson through the new Louisiana Purchase territory, first in 1805–1806 to reconnoiter the upper northern reaches of the Mississippi River, and then in 1806–1807 to explore the Southwest to the fringes of the northern Spanish-colonial settlements of New Mexico and Texas. Pike's expeditions coincided with other Jeffersonian expeditions, including the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1804–1806) and the Thomas Freeman and Peter Custis expedition up the Red River (1806).Pike's second expedition crossed the Rocky Mountains into what is now southern Colorado, which led to his capture by the Spanish colonial authorities near Santa Fe, who sent Pike and his men to Chihuahua (present-day Mexico), for interrogation. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zebulon Pike has received more than 612,450 page views. His biography is available in 21 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 18 in 2019). Zebulon Pike is the 1,411th most popular military personnel (down from 1,176th in 2019), the 8,299th most popular biography from United States (down from 7,843rd in 2019) and the 129th most popular American Military Personnel.

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Among military personnels, Zebulon Pike ranks 1,411 out of 1,466. Before him are Edmund Kirby Smith, John Schofield, Keith Park, John Sullivan, Suheil al-Hassan, and Anthony Wayne. After him are William Rosecrans, John Abizaid, John C. Pemberton, Frederic Thesiger, 2nd Baron Chelmsford, Frederick E. Morgan, and Leonidas Polk.

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Among people born in 1779, Zebulon Pike ranks 31Before him are Joel Roberts Poinsett, Augustin Saint-Hilaire, Louis de Freycinet, Peter Mark Roget, Stephen Decatur, and Washington Allston. After him are Mountstuart Elphinstone and Samuel D. Ingham. Among people deceased in 1813, Zebulon Pike ranks 34Before him are Robert Kerr, Edmund Randolph, Alexander Wilson, Benjamin Rush, Robert R. Livingston, and Peter Jacob Hjelm. After him are George Clymer and Benjamin Stoddert.

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Among people born in United States, Zebulon Pike ranks 8,299 out of 15,968. Before him are Dana Carvey (1955), John Esposito (1940), Lew Rockwell (1944), Glenn Hardin (1910), Connie Sawyer (1912), and John Paxson (1960). After him are Bobby Unser (1934), John F. Seitz (1892), Betty Gilpin (1986), Robert A. Lovett (1895), Barbara Jones (1937), and Kirk Cameron (1970).


Among military personnels born in United States, Zebulon Pike ranks 129Before him are Martin Dempsey (1952), Don Carlos Buell (1818), Edmund Kirby Smith (1824), John Schofield (1831), John Sullivan (1740), and Anthony Wayne (1745). After him are William Rosecrans (1819), John Abizaid (1951), John C. Pemberton (1814), Leonidas Polk (1806), William J. Hardee (1815), and Daniel Harvey Hill (1821).