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

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

Margaret SangerMargaret Sanger
14 September 1879, American
Birth Control Activist

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

Emma GoldmanEmma Goldman
27 June 1869, American
Writer
Paul RobesonPaul Robeson
09 April 1898, American
Singer, Actor & Civil Rights Activist

Annie BesantAnnie Besant
01 October 1847, British
Member of the London School Board
Emmeline PankhurstEmmeline Pankhurst
04 July 1858, British
Leader of the British Suffragette Movement

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

Jane AddamsJane Addams
06 September 1860, American
 
Solomon NorthupSolomon Northup
10 July 1807, American
Author

Elizabeth Cady StantonElizabeth Cady Stanton
12 November 1815, American
Women’s Rights Activist
Mary Harris JonesMary Harris Jones
01 August 1837, American
Labor and Community Organizer

Emily DavisonEmily Davison
11 October 1872, British
Activist

Dorothy DayDorothy Day
08 November 1897, American
 
Jacob RiisJacob Riis
03 May 1849, American
 

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

Alice PaulAlice Paul
11 January 1885, American
Suffragist and Feminist

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

Mahadev Govind RanadeMahadev Govind Ranade
18 January 1842, Indian
Judge, Social Reformer
Henry DunantHenry Dunant
08 May 1828, Swiss
Founder of the Red Cross
Aldo LeopoldAldo Leopold
11 January 1887, American
 

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

Margaret FullerMargaret Fuller
23 May 1810, American
 

Mary McLeod BethuneMary McLeod Bethune
10 July 1875, American
Educator
Mary Edwards WalkerMary Edwards Walker
26 November 1832, American
Surgeon, Feminist, Activist

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

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

Millicent FawcettMillicent Fawcett
11 June 1847, British
Suffragist

Carrie Chapman CattCarrie Chapman Catt
09 January 1859, American
Women’s Rights Activists
James Weldon JohnsonJames Weldon Johnson
17 June 1871, American
Author

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

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

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

Edith Dircksey CowanEdith Cowan
02 August 1861, Australian
Social Campaigner
Lillian WaldLillian Wald
10 March 1867, American
Humanitarian, Nurse, Activist

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

Nana SahebNana Saheb
19 May 1824, Indian
Peshwa of the Maratha Empire

Alexander HerzenAlexander Herzen
06 April 1812, Russian
Father of Russian socialism

Matilda GageMatilda Joslyn Gage
24 March 1826, American
Abolitionist, Freethinker, Author
Caroline Jones ChisholmCaroline Chisholm
30 May 1808, British
Immigrant Welfare Activist

Josephine ButlerJosephine Butler
13 April 1828, British
Social Worker

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

Mary Church TerrellMary Church Terrell
23 September 1863, American
Civil Rights Activist
Caroline NortonCaroline Norton
22 March 1808, British
Author

Anna Howard ShawAnna Howard Shaw
14 February 1847, American
Leader of the women's suffrage movement in the
Frederic PassyFrédéric Passy
20 May 1822, French
Economist & Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Emily Greene BalchEmily Greene Balch
08 January 1867, American
Social Activist

Prudence CrandallPrudence Crandall
03 September 1803, American
Connecticut's official State Heroine
Catherine Helen Spence Catherine Helen Spence
31 October 1825, Australian
Author, Journalist & Politician

Randal CremerRandal Cremer
18 March 1828, British
British Pacifist & Nobel Peace Prize Winner
A. J. MusteA. J. Muste
08 January 1885, American
Clergyman & Political Activist

Ammon HennacyAmmon Hennacy
24 July 1893, American
Christian Anarchist, Social Activist

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

Anna Julia CooperAnna Julia Cooper
10 August 1858, American
Author, Educator
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
Politician
Joe HillJoe Hill
07 October 1879, American
Songwriter, Trade unionist
Gifford PinchotGifford Pinchot
11 August 1865, American
Forestry scientist

Bipin Chandra PalBipin Chandra Pal
07 November 1858, Indian
Writer

Wendell WillkieWendell Willkie
18 February 1892, American
Lawyer

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

Sakamoto RyōmaSakamoto Ryōma
03 January 1836, Japanese
Japanese samurai

Harry HopkinsHarry Hopkins
17 August 1890, American
Politician
Maud GonneMaud Gonne
21 December 1866, Irish, British
Actress

Earl BrowderEarl Browder
20 May 1891, American
Political leader
Bill HaywoodBill Haywood
04 February 1869, American
Activist

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

Zitkala-SaZitkala-Sa
22 February 1876, American
Writer
MirabehnMirabehn
22 November 1892, Indian, British
Political Activist

Lydia Maria ChildLydia Maria Child
11 February 1802, American
Novelist, Poet, Journalist, Writer
Errico MalatestaErrico Malatesta
14 December 1853, Italian
Activist, Writer, Revolutionary, Journalist, Trade

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

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

Carter GlassCarter Glass
04 January 1858, American
Politician
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
 
Hilda DoolittleHilda Doolittle
10 September 1886, American
Poet