Find out more about the greatest 19th Century Activists, including Annie Besant, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Dorothy Day and W. E. B. Du Bois.
Harriet TubmanHarriet Tubman
1820 AD, American
 
Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass
01 February 1818, American
American orator

W. E. B. Du BoisW. E. B. Du Bois
23 February 1868, Ghanaian
Civil Rights Activists

Victor HugoVictor Hugo
26 February 1802, French
Author & Poet

Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876, American
Author

Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger
14 September 1879, American
Birth Control Activist
Emma GoldmanEmma Goldman
27 June 1869, American
Writer

Susan B. AnthonySusan B. Anthony
15 February 1820, American
Women’s Rights Activist

Annie BesantAnnie Besant
01 October 1847, British
Member of the London School Board

Paul RobesonPaul Robeson
09 April 1898, American
Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist
Kasturba GandhiKasturba Gandhi
11 April 1869, Indian
Wife of Mahatama Gandhi

Ida B. WellsIda B. Wells
16 July 1862, American
Journalist
Emmeline PankhurstEmmeline Pankhurst
04 July 1858, British
Leader of the British Suffragette Movement

Solomon NorthupSolomon Northup
10 July 1807, American
Author

Jane AddamsJane Addams
06 September 1860, American
 
Mary Harris JonesMary Harris Jones
01 August 1837, American
Labor and Community Organizer

Elizabeth Cady StantonElizabeth Cady Stanton
12 November 1815, American
Women’s Rights Activist
Dorothy DayDorothy Day
08 November 1897, American
 

Giuseppe MazziniGiuseppe Mazzini
22 June 1805, Italian
 

Emily DavisonEmily Davison
11 October 1872, British
Activist
William Lloyd GarrisonWilliam Lloyd Garrison
12 December 1805, American
Abolitionist

Jacob RiisJacob Riis
03 May 1849, American
 
Mahadev Govind RanadeMahadev Govind Ranade
18 January 1842, Indian
Judge, Social Reformer

Jeannette RankinJeannette Rankin
11 June 1880, American
First Woman Elected to U.S Congress

Aldo LeopoldAldo Leopold
11 January 1887, American
 

Alice PaulAlice Paul
11 January 1885, American
Suffragist and Feminist
Henry DunantHenry Dunant
08 May 1828, Swiss
Founder of the Red Cross
Mary Edwards WalkerMary Edwards Walker
26 November 1832, American
Surgeon, Feminist, Activist

A. Phillip RandolphA. Philip Randolph
15 April 1889, American
Leader of the African-American civil-rights

Marie StopesMarie Stopes
15 October 1880, British
Paleobotanist & Women’s Rights Activists

Margaret FullerMargaret Fuller
23 May 1810, American
 
Kate SheppardKate Sheppard
10 March 1847, New Zealander
Women's Suffrage Leader

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Edith Dircksey CowanEdith Cowan
02 August 1861, Australian
Social Campaigner

samuel gompersSamuel Gompers
27 January 1850, British, American
Labor leader, Cigar Maker

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
17 June 1871, American
Author

Khan Abdul Ghaffar KhanKhan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
06 February 1890, Pakistani
Political and Spiritual Leader
Alexander BerkmanAlexander Berkman
21 November 1870, French, Russian
Editor

Lucy StoneLucy Stone
13 August 1818, American
Women's Rights Activist
Millicent FawcettMillicent Fawcett
11 June 1847, British
Suffragist

Caroline Jones ChisholmCaroline Chisholm
30 May 1808, British
Immigrant Welfare Activist

Carrie Chapman CattCarrie Chapman Catt
09 January 1859, American
Women’s Rights Activists
Carl von OssietzkyCarl von Ossietzky
03 October 1889, German
German Pacifist & Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Lillian WaldLillian Wald
10 March 1867, American
Humanitarian, Nurse, Activist
Alexander HerzenAlexander Herzen
06 April 1812, Russian
Father of Russian socialism

Bertha von SuttnerBertha von Suttner
09 June 1843, Austrian
Pacifist, First Woman to Receive the Nobel Peace

Mary Church TerrellMary Church Terrell
23 September 1863, American
Civil Rights Activist

Josephine ButlerJosephine Butler
13 April 1828, British
Social Worker

Matilda GageMatilda Joslyn Gage
24 March 1826, American
Abolitionist, Freethinker, Author
Caroline NortonCaroline Norton
22 March 1808, British
Author

Emily MurphyEmily Murphy
14 March 1868, Canadian
First Female Magistrate in Canada

Prudence CrandallPrudence Crandall
03 September 1803, American
Connecticut's official State Heroine

Anna Howard ShawAnna Howard Shaw
14 February 1847, American
Leader of the women's suffrage movement in the
Emily Greene BalchEmily Greene Balch
08 January 1867, American
Social Activist

Frederic PassyFrédéric Passy
20 May 1822, French
Economist & Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Catherine Helen Spence Catherine Helen Spence
31 October 1825, Australian
Author, Journalist & Politician

A. J. MusteA. J. Muste
08 January 1885, American
Clergyman & Political Activist

Ammon HennacyAmmon Hennacy
24 July 1893, American
Christian Anarchist, Social Activist
Randal CremerRandal Cremer
18 March 1828, British
British Pacifist & Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Anna Julia CooperAnna Julia Cooper
10 August 1858, American
Author, Educator
Pearl BuckPearl Buck
26 June 1892, American
American writer

Nora Stanton Blatch BarneyNora Stanton Blatch Barney
30 September 1883, American
Civil Engineer, Architect, Women’s Rights

Rosalie EdgeRosalie Edge
03 November 1877, American
Women’s Right Activist & Environmentalist
Angelina GrimkeAngelina Grimke
20 February 1805, American
Abolitionist, Women's Rights Activist

Motilal NehruMotilal Nehru
06 May 1861
Lawyer
Jim CorbettJim Corbett
25 July 1875, British
Writer, Hunter, Naturalist

Marcelo H. del PilarMarcelo H. del Pilar
30 August 1850, Filipino
Journalist, Writer

Joe HillJoe Hill
07 October 1879, American
Songwriter, Trade unionist

Carrie NationCarrie Nation
25 November 1846, American
Activist
Anna LeonowensAnna Leonowens
05 November 1834, British
Writer
Marjory Stoneman DouglasMarjory Stoneman Douglas
07 April 1890, American
Journalist, Feminist

Buenaventura DurrutiBuenaventura Durruti
14 July 1896, Spanish
Anarcho-syndicalist, Anarchist, Trade unionist

Ferdinand LassalleFerdinand Lassalle
11 April 1825, German, Polish
Writer, Politician, Economist, Lawyer, Philosopher

Errico MalatestaErrico Malatesta
14 December 1853, Italian
Activist, Writer, Revolutionary, Journalist, Trade
David Starr JordanDavid Starr Jordan
19 January 1851, American
Botanist, Peace activist, Zoologist,

Lydia Maria ChildLydia Maria Child
11 February 1802, American
Novelist, Poet, Journalist, Writer

Nellie McClungNellie McClung
20 October 1873, Canadian
Novelist, Writer, Politician, Human rights

Hjalmar BrantingHjalmar Branting
23 November 1860, Swedish
Politician, Diplomat, Journalist

Anna Louise StrongAnna Louise Strong
24 November 1885, American
Writer, Journalist, Activist, Trade unionist
Roger Nash BaldwinRoger Nash Baldwin
21 January 1884, American
Sociologist, Trade unionist

W.E.B. Du BoisW.E.B. Du Bois
1868 AD, American
Journalist, Educator, Civil Rights Activist
Friedrich August von HayekFriedrich August von Hayek
08 May 1899, Austrian
 

Thomas HolmesThomas Holmes
1817 AD, American
Mortician

Victoria Claflin WoodhullVictoria Claflin Woodhull
23 September 1838, American
Died at 89 (1838-1927)
Ōmi KomakiŌmi Komaki
11 May 1894, Japanese
Translator, Writer, University teacher

José Julián Martí PérezJosé Julián Martí Pérez
28 January 1853, Cuban
 
Ernestine Louise RoseErnestine Louise Rose
13 January 1810, Polish
Died at 82 (1810-1892)