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List of Famous Revolutionaries

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List of famous revolutionaries, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top revolutionaries in the world? This includes the most prominent revolutionaries, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable revolutionaries is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic revolutionaries were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned revolutionaries.

This list is made up of a variety of people, including Fidel Castro and Vladimir Lenin.

Some of the biggest coups in world history have been due to the passion of revolutionaries. Whether it was the Russian Revolution of 1918 or Cuba led by Fidel Castro and Che Guevara, the impact of these upheaval of unpopular governments remains ingrained in these countries histories.

From reputable, prominent, and well known revolutionarys to the lesser known revolutionarys of today, these are some of the best professionals in the revolutionary field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous revolutionarys ever?" and "What are the names of famous revolutionarys?" then you're in the right place. (80 items)


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    Fidel Castro
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    Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz is a Cuban politician and revolutionary who served as Prime Minister of Cuba from 1959 to 1976, and President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist-Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he also served as the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba from 1961 until 2011.more

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    • Age: age 89
    • Birthplace: Birán, Cuba
    • Profession: Politician, Lawyer
    • Credits: Before Night Falls, Easy to Wed, Holiday in Mexico, Araaayyyyy!!!, Fidel!, + more
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    Che Guevara
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    Ernesto "Che" Guevara, commonly known as el Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major figure of the Cuban Revolution, his stylized visage has become a ubiquitous countercultural symbol of rebellion and global ...more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1928-1967)
    • Birthplace: Santa Fe, DVD Region 4, Rosario Department, Greater Rosario, South America, + more
    • Profession: Politician, Diplomat, Author, Physician, Revolutionary
    • Credits: The Motorcycle Diaries, Che: Part Two, Che: Part One, Che: Rise & Fall, Carnet de identidad, + more
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    Vladimir Lenin
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    Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, alias Lenin was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician and political theorist. He served as head of government of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic from 1917, and of the Soviet Union from 1922 until his death. Under his administration, the Russian Empire ...more

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    • Age: Died at 54 (1870-1924)
    • Birthplace: Ulyanovsk, Russia
    • Profession: Politician, Economist, Revolutionary, Philosopher, Lawyer
    • Credits: Un'alba
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    Kim Il-sung was the leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, commonly referred to as North Korea, for 46 years, from its establishment in 1948 until his death in 1994. He held the posts of Prime Minister from 1948 to 1972 and President from 1972 to his death. He was also the leader of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1912-1994)
    • Birthplace: Pyongyang, Pyongan, North Korea
    • Profession: Politician
    • Credits: Crossing the Line, The Flower Girl
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    Josip Broz Tito
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    Josip Broz Tito was a Yugoslav revolutionary and statesman, serving in various roles from 1943 until his death in 1980. During World War II he was the leader of the Partisans, often regarded as the most effective resistance movement in occupied Europe. While his presidency has been criticized as ...more

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    • Age: Died at 88 (1892-1980)
    • Birthplace: Kumrovec, Eurasia, Krapina-Zagorje County, Croatia
    • Profession: Statesman, Machinist, Politician
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    Leon Trotsky
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    Leon Trotsky was a Marxist revolutionary and theorist, Soviet politician, and the founder and first leader of the Red Army. Trotsky initially supported the Menshevik Internationalists faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party. He joined the Bolsheviks immediately prior to the 1917 October ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1879-1940)
    • Birthplace: Ukraine, Kirovohrad
    • Profession: Statesman, Editor, Politician
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    Sun Yat-sen
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    Sun Yat-sen was a Chinese revolutionary, first president and founding father of the Republic of China, and medical practitioner. As the foremost pioneer of the Republic of China, Sun is referred to as the "Father of the Nation" in the Republic of China, and the "forerunner of democratic revolution" in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1866-1925)
    • Birthplace: Zhongshan
    • Profession: Politician, Physician, Warlord, Generalissimo, Writer, + more
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    George Gordon Byron
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    George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, later George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron, FRS, commonly known simply as Lord Byron, was an English poet and a leading figure in the Romantic movement. Among Byron's best-known works are the lengthy narrative poems Don Juan and Childe Harold's Pilgrimage and the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 36 (1788-1824)
    • Birthplace: London Borough of Harrow, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Poet, Politician
    • Credits: Don Juan DeMarco, Gothic, Don Juan
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    Emiliano Zapata
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    Emiliano Zapata Salazar was a leading figure in the Mexican Revolution, the main leader of the peasant revolution in the state of Morelos, and the founder of the agrarian movement called Zapatismo. Zapata remains an iconic figure in Mexico, used both as a nationalist symbol as well as a symbol of the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 40 (1879-1919)
    • Birthplace: Anenecuilco
    • Profession: Politician, Military Officer
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    Pierre de Beaumarchais
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    Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was a French playwright, watchmaker, inventor, musician, diplomat, fugitive, spy, publisher, horticulturalist, arms dealer, satirist, financier, and revolutionary. Born a provincial watchmaker's son, Beaumarchais rose in French society and became influential in the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1732-1799)
    • Birthplace: Paris, France
    • Profession: Publisher, Politician, Diplomat, Watchmaker, Musician, + more
    • Credits: The Crazy Day or The Marriage of Figaro, Le Barbier de Séville, The Barber of Seville
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    Pancho Villa
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    José Doroteo Arango Arámbula – better known by his pseudonym Francisco Villa or his nickname Pancho Villa – was one of the most prominent Mexican Revolutionary generals. As commander of the División del Norte, he was the veritable caudillo of the northern Mexican state of Chihuahua, which, given its ...more

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    • Age: Died at 45 (1878-1923)
    • Birthplace: Durango, Mexico
    • Profession: Soldier
    • Credits: The Life of General Villa, Life of Villa
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    Jonas Malheiro Savimbi was an Angolan political and military leader. He founded and led the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola. UNITA first waged a guerrilla war against Portuguese colonial rule, 1966–74, then confronted the rival People's Movement for the Liberation of Angola during ...more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1934-2002)
    • Birthplace: Moxico Province, Angola
    • Profession: Politician, Warlord, Rebel
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    Meena Keshwar Kamal, commonly known as Meena, was an Afghan revolutionary political activist, feminist, women's rights activist and founder of Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan, who was assassinated in 1987.more

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    • Age: Died at 31 (1956-1987)
    • Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
    • Profession: Activist, Civil rights activist
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    Raúl Castro
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    Raúl Modesto Castro Ruz, commonly known as Raúl Castro, is a Cuban politician and revolutionary who has been President of the Council of State of Cuba and the President of the Council of Ministers of Cuba since 2008; he previously exercised presidential powers in an acting capacity from 2006 to 2008. He ...more

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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: Birán, Cuba
    • Profession: Politician
    • Credits: South of the Border
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    Swami Sahajanand Saraswati, born in Ghazipur district, United Province in British India, was an ascetic, a nationalist and a peasant leader of India. Although born in United Province, his social and political activities focussed mostly on Bihar in the initial days, and gradually spread to the rest of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 61 (1889-1950)
    • Birthplace: Ghazipur, India
    • Profession: Historian, Polymath, Writer
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    Eleftherios Venizelos
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    Eleftherios Venizelos was an eminent Greek leader of the Greek national liberation movement and a charismatic statesman of the early 20th century remembered for his promotion of liberal-democratic policies. As leader of the Liberal Party, he was elected several times as Prime Minister of Greece, serving ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1864-1936)
    • Birthplace: Mournies
    • Profession: Politician, Journalist, Translator, Jurist, Legislator, + more
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    Cai Yuanpei
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    Cai Yuanpei was a Chinese educator, Esperantist, president of Peking University, and founder of the Academia Sinica. He was known for his critical evaluation of Chinese culture and synthesis of Chinese and Western thinking, including anarchism. At Peking University he assembled influential figures in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1868-1940)
    • Birthplace: Shaoxing, China
    • Profession: Politician, Philosopher, Teacher
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    Chen Jiongming was a revolutionary figure in the early periods of the Republic of China. Chen Jiongming was born in 1878 at Haifeng, Guangdong, China. He was by training a lawyer and became a Qing legislator, a republican revolutionary, a military leader, a civil administrator and a federalist who ...more

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    • Age: Died at 55 (1878-1933)
    • Birthplace: Haifeng County, China
    • Profession: Politician, Warlord, Lawyer
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    Emilio Aguinaldo
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    Emilio Famy Aguinaldo QSC PLH is officially recognized as the First President of the Philippines and led Philippine forces first against Spain in the latter part of the Philippine Revolution, and then in the Spanish–American War, and finally against the United States during the Philippine–American War.more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1869-1964)
    • Birthplace: Kawit, Cavite, Philippines
    • Profession: Politician, Soldier, Rebel, Teacher
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    Moša Pijade
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    Moša Pijade, nicknamed Čiča Janko was a prominent Serbian and Yugoslav communist, a close collaborator of Josip Broz Tito, former President of Yugoslavia, and full member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts.more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1890-1957)
    • Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
    • Profession: Statesman, Painter, Politician, Art critic, Publicist
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