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List of Famous Pacifists

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List of famous pacifists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top pacifists in the world? This includes the most prominent pacifists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable pacifists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic pacifists 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 pacifists.

List below includes John Lennon, Albert Einstein, and more people. Featuring pacifists of all different religions and of history, this list has it all. 

From reputable, prominent, and well known pacifists to the lesser known pacifists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the pacifist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous pacifists ever?" and "What are the names of famous pacifists?" then you're in the right place. 
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    Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Albert Einstein

    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany

    Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April... more on Wikipedia

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    John Lennon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    John Lennon

    Dec. at 40 (1940-1980)

    BirthplaceLiverpool, Eurasia, Lancashire, North West England, United Kingdom

    John Winston Ono Lennon (born John Winston Lennon, 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an... more on Wikipedia

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    Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Mahatma Gandhi

    Dec. at 79 (1869-1948)

    BirthplacePorbandar, India

    Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (; 2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was an Indian lawyer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 4
    Oscar Wilde is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Oscar Wilde

    Dec. at 46 (1854-1900)

    BirthplaceIreland, Ireland, Europe, Dublin

    Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish poet... more on Wikipedia

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    Martin Luther King, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Dec. at 39 (1929-1968)

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia, United States of America

    Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American Baptist minister and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    Helen Keller is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Helen Keller

    Dec. at 88 (1880-1968)

    BirthplaceTuscumbia, Alabama, United States of America

    Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, political activist,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 7
    Tank Man is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Pacifists
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  • 8
    Jeannette Rankin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Jeannette Rankin

    Dec. at 93 (1880-1973)

    BirthplaceMissoula, Montana, USA

    Jeannette Pickering Rankin (June 11, 1880 – May 18, 1973) was an American politician and... more on Wikipedia
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    Aldous Huxley is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Aldous Huxley

    Dec. at 69 (1894-1963)

    BirthplaceGodalming, United Kingdom

    Aldous Leonard Huxley (26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963) was an English writer and philosopher.... more on Wikipedia
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    Yoko Ono is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Yoko Ono

    Age: 87

    BirthplaceTokyo, Japan

    Yoko Ono (born February 18, 1933) is a Japanese-American multimedia artist, singer, songwriter... more on Wikipedia

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    Leo Tolstoy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Leo Tolstoy

    Dec. at 82 (1828-1910)

    BirthplaceYasnaya Polyana, Russia

    Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (; Russian: Лев Николаевич Толстой, tr. Lev Nikoláyevich... more on Wikipedia

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    James Lawson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    BirthplaceUniontown, Pennsylvania

    James Lawson may refer to: James Lawson (activist) (born 1928), theoretician and tactician of... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Nhat Hanh is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Nhat Hanh

    Age: 94


    Thích Nhất Hạnh (; Vietnamese: [tʰǐk̟ ɲə̌t hâjŋ̟ˀ] (listen); born as Nguyễn Xuân Bảo on... more on Wikipedia

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    James Bevel is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    James Bevel

    Dec. at 72 (1936-2008)

    BirthplaceItta Bena, Mississippi

    James Luther Bevel (October 19, 1936 – December 19, 2008) was a minister and a leader of the... more on Wikipedia
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    Vera Brittain is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Vera Brittain

    Dec. at 77 (1893-1970)

    BirthplaceNewcastle-under-Lyme, United Kingdom

    Vera Mary Brittain (29 December 1893 – 29 March 1970) was an English Voluntary Aid Detachment... more on Wikipedia
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    Aung San Suu Kyi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    BirthplaceYangon, Myanmar

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    Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    BirthplaceTaktser, China

    The 14th Dalai Lama (born 6 July 1935) is the current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are important... more on Wikipedia

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    William Penn is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    William Penn

    Dec. at 74 (1644-1718)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    William Penn (October 14, 1644 – July 30, 1718) was an English colonial proprietor and the son... more on Wikipedia
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    Joan Baez is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Joan Baez

    Age: 79

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Joan Chandos Baez (; born January 9, 1941) is an American singer, songwriter, musician and... more on Wikipedia

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    Anna Politkovskaya is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Anna Politkovskaya

    Dec. at 48 (1958-2006)

    BirthplaceNew York City, USA, New York

    Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya (Russian: А́нна Степа́новна Политко́вская, IPA: [ˈanːə... more on Wikipedia
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    Jaime Garzón is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Jaime Garzón

    Dec. at 39 (1960-1999)

    BirthplaceBogotá, Colombia

    Jaime Hernando Garzón Forero (October 24, 1960 – August 13, 1999 in Bogotá) was a Colombian... more on Wikipedia
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    Kurt Eisner is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Kurt Eisner

    Dec. at 52 (1867-1919)

    BirthplaceBerlin, Germany

    Kurt Eisner (German pronunciation: [kʊɐ̯t ˈʔaɪ̯snɐ]; 14 May 1867 – 21 February 1919) was a... more on Wikipedia
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    Selma Lagerlöf is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Selma Lagerlöf

    Dec. at 82 (1858-1940)


    Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlöf (, also US: , Swedish: [²sɛlːma ²lɑːɡɛˌɭøːv] (listen); 20... more on Wikipedia
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    Martin Buber is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    Martin Buber

    Dec. at 87 (1878-1965)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Martin Buber (Hebrew: מרטין בּוּבֶּר‎; German: Martin Buber; Yiddish: מארטין בובער‎‎; February... more on Wikipedia
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    Nana Mouskouri is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Pacifists

    BirthplaceChania, Greece

    Ioanna Mouschouri (born October 13, 1934), known professionally as Nana Mouskouri (Greek: Νάνα... more on Wikipedia