Famous 19th Century Dictators

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Rank the most Brutal Famous 19th Century Dictators

 1 Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: December 18, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gori, Georgia
Died: March 5, 1953

Controversial Russian dictator, Joseph Stalin, ruled the Soviet Union for around 25 years from 1929 to 1953 and is credited for making it a prominent industrial and military power of the world. During the Second World War, his army defeated the Nazis too. However, his regime was also one of terror and brutality where numerous Soviet citizens lost their lives.

 2 Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini
Famous As: Dictator, Prime Minister of Italy (1922-1943)
Birthdate: July 29, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Predappio, Italy
Died: April 28, 1945

The dictator of Italy from 1925 to 1945, Benito Mussolini founded the Fascist Party in 1919. It opposed class discrimination and supported nationalism. But when in power, Mussolini crushed rival political parties, trade unions, free press and free speech. He was overthrown by his former colleagues in the Fascist government in July 1943 and ultimately shot dead in April 1945.

 3 Francisco Franco

Francisco Franco
Famous As: Former Caudillo of Spain
Birthdate: December 4, 1892
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ferrol, Spain
Died: November 20, 1975

Francisco Franco overthrew the Second Spanish Republic by leading the Nationalist forces as their general during the Spanish Civil War. Subsequently, Franco ruled over Spain as a dictator from 1939 to 1975. He had such an impact as a dictator that the period between the Nationalist victory and Franco's death is known as Francoist Spain in the history of Spain.

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 4 Anastasio Somoza García

Anastasio Somoza García
Famous As: President of Nicaragua
Birthdate: February 1, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Marcos, Carazo
Died: September 29, 1956

Anastasio Somoza García was a Nicaraguan leader who served as the president of Nicaragua from 1937 to 1947 and again from 1950 to 1956. Before becoming the president of Nicaragua, Somoza played a major role in ousting the then-President Adolfo Díaz. Somoza is credited with starting the Somoza family, which had absolute control over Nicaragua for more than four decades. 

 5 Juan Vicente Gómez

Juan Vicente Gómez
Famous As: Venezuelan dictator
Birthdate: July 24, 1857
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Antonio de Tachira, Venezuela
Died: December 17, 1935

 6 Ramón Castilla

Ramón Castilla
Famous As: Caudillo
Birthdate: August 31, 1797
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tarapacá Province, Peru
Died: May 30, 1867

 7 Artúr Görgey

Artúr Görgey
Famous As: Military leader
Birthdate: January 30, 1818
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toporc, Kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empire
Died: May 21, 1916
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