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Zeng Guofan

1811 - 1872

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Zeng Guofan, Marquis Yiyong (traditional Chinese: 曾國藩; simplified Chinese: 曾国藩; pinyin: Zēng Guófān; Wade–Giles: Tseng1 Kuo2-fan1; 26 November 1811 – 12 March 1872), birth name Zeng Zicheng, courtesy name Bohan, was a Chinese statesman and military general of the late Qing dynasty. He is best known for raising and organizing the Xiang Army to aid the Qing military in suppressing the Taiping Rebellion and restoring the stability of the Qing Empire. Along with other prominent figures such as Zuo Zongtang and Li Hongzhang of his time, Zeng set the scene for the Tongzhi Restoration, an attempt to arrest the decline of the Qing dynasty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zeng Guofan has received more than 268,865 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Zeng Guofan is the 4,558th most popular politician (down from 4,336th in 2019), the 340th most popular biography from China (up from 344th in 2019) and the 212th most popular Chinese Politician.

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Among politicians, Zeng Guofan ranks 4,558 out of 15,577Before him are Édouard Herriot, Blanche of Namur, Yang You, Nikolay Krestinsky, Stephanus of Byzantium, and Ny-Hor. After him are Amine Gemayel, Sheikh Hasina, Terauchi Masatake, Conrad Hilton, Hōjō Masako, and Piers Gaveston, 1st Earl of Cornwall.

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Among people born in 1811, Zeng Guofan ranks 18Before him are Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach, Vissarion Belinsky, Ambroise Thomas, Elisha Otis, François Achille Bazaine, and Karl Anton, Prince of Hohenzollern. After him are Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, Jón Sigurðsson, Aristide Cavaillé-Coll, Princess Louise Amelie of Baden, Ferdinand Hiller, and Kurmanjan Datka. Among people deceased in 1872, Zeng Guofan ranks 16Before him are Kawakami Gensai, N. F. S. Grundtvig, William Webb Ellis, William John Macquorn Rankine, Stanisław Moniuszko, and Prince Albert of Prussia. After him are Ljudevit Gaj, Mary Somerville, Aleksis Kivi, Immanuel Nobel, Vladimir Dal, and William H. Seward.

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Among people born in China, Zeng Guofan ranks 340 out of 1,392Before him are Duan Qirui (1865), Shi Nai'an (1296), Yu Jin (200), Gongsun Zan (null), Yoshiko Yamaguchi (1920), and Su Song (1020). After him are Ren Zhengfei (1944), Pang De (170), Emperor Zhaozong of Tang (867), Shitao (1642), Mao Anying (1922), and Zhiyi (538).


Among politicians born in China, Zeng Guofan ranks 212Before him are Zhao Tuo (-230), Trisong Detsen (742), Duke Huan of Qi (-800), Jia Xu (147), Yelü Chucai (1189), and Duan Qirui (1865). After him are Emperor Zhaozong of Tang (867), Mao Anying (1922), Emperor Muzong of Tang (795), Emperor Shun of Han (115), Fuchai (-550), and Yuan Chonghuan (1584).