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List of Famous Emperors

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List of the most notable and famous Emperors in the world, with photos when available. Most prominent Emperors worldwide and top Emperors in America can be found on this list ordered by their level of prominence,. From reputable Emperors to the lesser known Emperors in history and today, these are the top Emperors in their field, and should answer the question "who are the most famous Emperors in the world?". List includes Akihito, William I, German Emperor and more. You can use the people in this factual list to create a new list, re-rank it to fit your views, then share it on Facebook, Twitter or any other social networks you belong to. (23 Items)


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    Hirohito
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    Emperor Shōwa was the 124th Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order, reigning from December 25, 1926, until his death on January 7, 1989. Although better known outside of Japan by his personal name Hirohito, in Japan, he is now referred to primarily by his posthumous name Emperor Shōwa. The ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1901-1989)
    • Birthplace: Aoyama, Minato, Tokyo, Japan
    • Profession: Statesman
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    Charlemagne
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    Charlemagne, also known as Charles the Great or Charles I, was King of the Franks who united most of Western Europe during the Middle Ages and laid the foundations for modern France and Germany. He took the Frankish throne from 768 and became King of Italy from 774. From 800 he became the first Holy ...more

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    • Birthplace: Francia
    • Profession: Politician
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    Nicholas II of Russia
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    Nicholas II of Russia (Nikolai Aleksandrovich Romanov) (18 May[O.S. 6 May]1868 – 17 July[O.S. 4 July]1918) (Russian: Никола́й II, Nikolay II) was the last Emperor of Russia, King of Poland, and Grand Duke of Finland. He ruled from 1894 until his forced abdication in 1917. Nicholas proved unable to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 50 (1868-1918)
    • Birthplace: Pushkin, Saint Petersburg, Tsarskoye Selo, Russia
    • Profession: Politician
    • Credits: The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty
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    Alexander II of Russia
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    Alexander II was the Emperor of Russia from 2 March 1855 until his assassination in 1881. He was also the King of Poland and the Grand Prince of Finland. Alexander was the most successful Russian reformer since Peter the Great. His most important achievement was the emancipation of serfs in 1861, for ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1818-1881)
    • Birthplace: Moscow Kremlin, Russia
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    William I, also known as Wilhelm I, of the House of Hohenzollern was the King of Prussia and the first German Emperor, as well as the first Head of State of a united Germany. Under the leadership of William and his Minister President Otto von Bismarck, Prussia achieved the unification of Germany and the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 91 (1797-1888)
    • Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
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    Paul I of Russia
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    Paul I was the Emperor of Russia between 1796 and 1801. Officially, he was the only son of Peter III and Catherine the Great, though Catherine is said to have later stated that he was fathered by her lover Sergei Saltykov. He remained overshadowed by his mother for much of his life. Paul's reign lasted ...more

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    • Age: Died at 47 (1754-1801)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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    Wilhelm II
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    Wilhelm II or William II was the last German Emperor and King of Prussia, ruling the German Empire and the Kingdom of Prussia from 15 June 1888 to 9 November 1918. He was the eldest grandson of the British Queen Victoria and related to many monarchs and princes of Europe. Crowned in 1888, he dismissed ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1859-1941)
    • Birthplace: Kronprinzenpalais
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    Alexander III of Russia
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    Alexander III, or Alexander Alexandrovich Romanov was Emperor of Russia, King of Poland and Grand Prince of Finland from 13 March [O.S. 1 March] 1881 until his death on 1 November [O.S. 20 October] 1894. He was highly conservative and reversed some of the liberal reforms of his father, Alexander II.more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1845-1894)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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    Nicholas I of Russia
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    Nicholas I was the Emperor of Russia from 1825 until 1855. He was also the King of Poland and Grand Duke of Finland. He is best known as a political conservative whose reign was marked by geographical expansion, repression of dissent, economic stagnation, poor administrative policies, a corrupt ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1796-1855)
    • Birthplace: Gatchina, Russia
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    Alexander I of Russia
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    Alexander I, reigned as Emperor of Russia from 23 March 1801 to 1 December 1825. He was the first Russian King of Poland, reigning from 1815 to 1825, as well as the first Russian Grand Duke of Finland. He was born in Saint Petersburg to Grand Duke Paul Petrovich, later Emperor Paul I and succeeded to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 48 (1777-1825)
    • Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
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    Puyi
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    Puyi, of the Manchu Aisin Gioro clan, commonly known as Henry Pu Yi, was the last Emperor of China and the twelfth and final ruler of the Qing dynasty. Still a child, he ruled as the Xuantong Emperor from 1908 until his abdication on 12 February 1912, after the successful Xinhai Revolution. From 1 to 12 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1906-1967)
    • Birthplace: China, Beijing, Eurasia
    • Credits: The Last Emperor
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    Akihito
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    Akihito English pronunciation is the reigning Emperor of Japan, the 125th emperor of his line according to Japan's traditional order of succession. He acceded to the Chrysanthemum Throne in 1989. In Japan, the emperor is never referred to by his given name, but rather is referred to as "His Imperial ...more

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    • Age: age 82
    • Birthplace: Tokyo Imperial Palace, Japan
    • Profession: Statesman
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    Charles I of Austria
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    Charles I of Austria or Charles IV of Hungary was, among other titles, the last ruler of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was the last Emperor of Austria, the last King of Hungary, and the last monarch of the House of Habsburg-Lorraine. He reigned from 1916 until 1918, when he "renounced participation" ...more

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    • Age: Died at 35 (1887-1922)
    • Birthplace: Persenbeug-Gottsdorf, Austria
    • Profession: Politician
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    Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor
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    Joseph II was Holy Roman Emperor from 1765 to 1790 and ruler of the Habsburg lands from 1780 to 1790. He was the eldest son of Empress Maria Theresa and her husband, Francis I, and was the brother of Marie Antoinette. He was thus the first ruler in the Austrian dominions of the House of Lorraine, styled ...more

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    • Age: Died at 49 (1741-1790)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
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    Frederick III, German Emperor
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    Frederick III was German Emperor and King of Prussia for 99 days in 1888, the Year of the Three Emperors. Friedrich Wilhelm Nikolaus Karl, known informally as Fritz, was the only son of Emperor Wilhelm I and was raised in his family's tradition of military service. Although celebrated as a young man for ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1831-1888)
    • Birthplace: New Palace, Germany
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    Franz Joseph I of Austria
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    Franz Joseph I or Francis Joseph I was Emperor of Austria and Apostolic King of Hungary from 1848 until his death in 1916. From 1 May 1850 until 24 August 1866 he was President of the German Confederation. In December 1848, Emperor Ferdinand abdicated the throne as part of Ministerpräsident Felix zu ...more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1830-1916)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Schönbrunn Palace, Austria, Vienna, Central Europe
    • Profession: Politician
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    Francis I, Holy Roman Emperor
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    Francis I was Holy Roman Emperor and Grand Duke of Tuscany, though his wife effectively executed the real powers of those positions. With his wife, Maria Theresa, he was the founder of the Habsburg-Lorraine dynasty. From 1728 until 1737 he was Duke of Lorraine. In 1737, Lorraine became managed by France ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1708-1765)
    • Birthplace: Nancy, France
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    Francis II, Holy Roman Emperor
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    Francis II was the last Holy Roman Emperor, ruling from 1792 until 6 August 1806, when he dissolved the Holy Roman Empire after the decisive defeat at the hands of the First French Empire led by Napoleon at the Battle of Austerlitz. In 1804, he had founded the Austrian Empire and became Francis I, the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1768-1835)
    • Birthplace: Florence, Italy
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    Emperor Meiji
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    Emperor Meiji, or Meiji the Great, was the 122nd Emperor of Japan according to the traditional order of succession, reigning from February 3, 1867 until his death on July 30, 1912. He presided over a time of rapid change in the Empire of Japan, as the nation quickly changed from a feudal state to a ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1852-1912)
    • Birthplace: Kyoto, Keihanshin, Japan
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    Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor

    Leopold II, Holy Roman Emperor
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    Leopold II, was Holy Roman Emperor and King of Hungary and Bohemia from 1790 to 1792, Archduke of Austria and Grand Duke of Tuscany from 1765 to 1790. He was a son of Emperor Francis I and his wife, Empress Maria Theresa, thus the brother of Marie Antoinette. Leopold was a moderate proponent of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1747-1792)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
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