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
29 February 1822, 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

Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger
14 September 1879, American

Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar
28 May 1883, Indian
Independence Activist, Reformer

Susan B. AnthonySusan B. Anthony
15 February 1820, American
Women’s Rights Activist
Victor HugoVictor Hugo
26 February 1802, French
Author & Poet

Ida B. WellsIda B. Wells
16 July 1862, American

Jack LondonJack London
12 January 1876, American
Paul RobesonPaul Robeson
09 April 1898, American
Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist

Solomon NorthupSolomon Northup
10 July 1807, American
Emma GoldmanEmma Goldman
27 June 1869, American

Emmeline PankhurstEmmeline Pankhurst
04 July 1858, British
Leader of the British Suffragette Movement

James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
17 June 1871, American

Alice PaulAlice Paul
11 January 1885, American
Suffragist and Feminist

Annie BesantAnnie Besant
01 October 1847, British
Member of the London School Board
A. Phillip RandolphA. Philip Randolph
15 April 1889, American
Leader of the African-American civil-rights

Elizabeth Cady StantonElizabeth Cady Stanton
12 November 1815, American
Women’s Rights Activist

Kasturba GandhiKasturba Gandhi
11 April 1869, Indian
Wife of Mahatama Gandhi

Emily DavisonEmily Davison
11 October 1872, British
Dorothy DayDorothy Day
08 November 1897, American

William Lloyd GarrisonWilliam Lloyd Garrison
12 December 1805, American
Giuseppe MazziniGiuseppe Mazzini
22 June 1805, Italian

Jane AddamsJane Addams
06 September 1860, American

Mary McLeod BethuneMary McLeod Bethune
10 July 1875, American
Nana SahebNana Saheb
19 May 1824, Indian
Peshwa of the Maratha Empire

Jeannette RankinJeannette Rankin
11 June 1880, American
First Woman Elected to U.S Congress
Marie StopesMarie Stopes
15 October 1880, British
Paleobotanist & Women’s Rights Activists

Henry DunantHenry Dunant
08 May 1828, Swiss
Founder of the Red Cross

Aldo LeopoldAldo Leopold
11 January 1887, American
Mary Edwards WalkerMary Edwards Walker
26 November 1832, American
Surgeon, Feminist, Activist

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Jacob RiisJacob Riis
03 May 1849, American
Margaret FullerMargaret Fuller
23 May 1810, American

Carrie Chapman CattCarrie Chapman Catt
09 January 1859, American
Women’s Rights Activists

Millicent FawcettMillicent Fawcett
11 June 1847, British

Alexander BerkmanAlexander Berkman
21 November 1870, French, Russian
Mahadev Govind RanadeMahadev Govind Ranade
18 January 1842, Indian
Judge, Social Reformer
Mary Harris JonesMary Harris Jones
01 August 1837, American
Labor and Community Organizer

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

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

Lucy StoneLucy Stone
13 August 1818, American
Women's Rights Activist
Kate SheppardKate Sheppard
10 March 1847, New Zealander
Women's Suffrage Leader

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

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

Carl von OssietzkyCarl von Ossietzky
03 October 1889, German
German Pacifist & Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Edith Dircksey CowanEdith Cowan
02 August 1861, Australian
Social Campaigner
Alexander HerzenAlexander Herzen
06 April 1812, Russian
Father of Russian socialism

Emily MurphyEmily Murphy
14 March 1868, Canadian
First Female Magistrate in Canada
Caroline Jones ChisholmCaroline Chisholm
30 May 1808, British
Immigrant Welfare Activist

Khan Abdul Ghaffar KhanKhan Abdul Ghaffar Khan
06 February 1890, Pakistani
Political and Spiritual Leader

Josephine ButlerJosephine Butler
13 April 1828, British
Social Worker
Frederic PassyFrédéric Passy
20 May 1822, French
Economist & Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Matilda GageMatilda Joslyn Gage
24 March 1826, American
Abolitionist, Freethinker, Author
Lillian WaldLillian Wald
10 March 1867, American
Humanitarian, Nurse, Activist

Anna Howard ShawAnna Howard Shaw
14 February 1847, American
Leader of the women's suffrage movement in the

Caroline NortonCaroline Norton
22 March 1808, British

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

Anna Julia CooperAnna Julia Cooper
10 August 1858, American
Author, Educator
Emily Greene BalchEmily Greene Balch
08 January 1867, American
Social Activist

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

Catherine Helen Spence Catherine Helen Spence
31 October 1825, Australian
Author, Journalist & Politician

Ammon HennacyAmmon Hennacy
24 July 1893, American
Christian Anarchist, Social Activist
Pearl BuckPearl Buck
26 June 1892, American
American writer

Randal CremerRandal Cremer
18 March 1828, British
British Pacifist & Nobel Peace Prize Winner
Rosalie EdgeRosalie Edge
03 November 1877, American
Women’s Right Activist & Environmentalist

Angelina GrimkeAngelina Grimke
20 February 1805, American
Abolitionist, Women's Rights Activist

Theodore Roosevelt Jr.Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
13 September 1887, American
Military Leader
Prescott BushPrescott Bush
15 May 1895, American

Wendell WillkieWendell Willkie
18 February 1892, American
Victoria Claflin WoodhullVictoria Woodhull
23 September 1838, American

Harry HopkinsHarry Hopkins
17 August 1890, American

Sakamoto RyōmaSakamoto Ryōma
03 January 1836, Japanese
Japanese samurai
Carrie NationCarrie Nation
25 November 1846, American

Joe HillJoe Hill
07 October 1879, American
Songwriter, Trade unionist
Gifford PinchotGifford Pinchot
11 August 1865, American
Forestry scientist

David Starr JordanDavid Starr Jordan
19 January 1851, American
Botanist, Peace activist, Zoologist,

Surendranath BanerjeeSurendranath Banerjee
10 November 1848, Indian

Marjory Stoneman DouglasMarjory Stoneman Douglas
07 April 1890, American
Maud GonneMaud Gonne
21 December 1866, Irish, British
Bipin Chandra PalBipin Chandra Pal
07 November 1858, Indian

Earl BrowderEarl Browder
20 May 1891, American
Political leader

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
Bill HaywoodBill Haywood
04 February 1869, American

Beatrice WebbBeatrice Webb
22 January 1858, British

22 February 1876, American

Errico MalatestaErrico Malatesta
14 December 1853, Italian
Activist, Writer, Revolutionary, Journalist, Trade

Bogd KhanBogd Khan
1869 AD, Mongolian
Mongolian head of state
16 November 1768, Serbian

Rebecca Latimer FeltonRebecca Latimer Felton
10 June 1835, American
John Mercer LangstonJohn Mercer Langston
14 December 1829, American

22 November 1892, Indian, British
Political Activist
William Monroe TrotterWilliam Monroe Trotter
07 April 1872, American
Emily HobhouseEmily Hobhouse
09 April 1860, British
British Social Worker