Famous Revolutionaries - List of Famous Revolutionaries

A revolution is a drastic and sudden change which is instigated or propagated by a revolutionary, which means that revolutionaries, as the name suggests, are people who take up the cause of bringing about change in an existing system. Revolutions, in the past, have been responsible for changes in political, religious and even economic ideologies. A revolutionary is generally the one person who decides that he or she has had enough of the perceived injustice enforced by a system and decides to directly or indirectly; take steps to facilitate the removal of the unjust system. The history of the world has shown us examples of such instances in the form of various movements, instigated or propagated by individuals that have led to the complete collapse of entire governments and resulted in the establishment of a new regime or government that is supposed to correct the wrongs of the one it’s replacing. The word revolution can also apply to non-political revolutions like the field of technology and industry which saw its biggest boom during the industrial revolution. During this period production methods saw an increasing shift from manual production to the use of machines to produce goods. Even though, at times, the word revolutionary is used in conjunction with science and art more often than not, it relates to the political aspect of revolutions. Listed below is a list of some of the notable revolutionaries with their complete biographies that include timelines, trivia and life stories.

The Most Famous Revolutionaries

NameBirthdayNationalityBio
Emiliano ZapataAugust 8, 1879MexicanEmiliano Zapata was a Mexican revolutionary leader and one of the most important figures of the Mexican Revolution.
William Wallace1270ScottishWilliam Wallace was a Scottish knight who was a central figure in the Wars of Scottish Independence
Begum Hazrat Mahal1820Indian, NepaliBegum Hazrat Mahal was the first wife of Nawab Wajid Ali Shah and one of the earliest female freedom fighters during the Indian Rebellion of 1857
Che GuevaraJune 14, 1928ArgentinianChe Guevara is one of the most revered and legendary political figures in world history
TecumsehJanuary 1, 1768AmericanTecumseh was a Native American leader of the Shawnee clan
Leon TrotskyNovember 7, 1879Russian, UkrainianLeon Trotsky was a Russian politician, a Marxist revolutionary and the founder and the first leader of the Red Army
Josip Broz TitoMay 7, 1892YugoslavJosip Broz Tito was the powerful revolutionary leader of Yugoslav Partisans
Pol PotMay 19, 1925CambodianPol Pot was the Cambodian revolutionary who led the Khmer Rouge
Simon BolivarJuly 24, 1783VenezuelanSimón Bolívar was a Venezuelan military leader who was instrumental in independence of several Latin American countries from the Spanish rule
Pancho VillaJune 5, 1878MexicanPancho Villa is one of the most renowned names of the ‘Mexican Revolution’ who was also the Governor of Chihuahua
Georges Danton

Georges Danton

Georges Danton was a French revolutionary

FrenchOctober 26, 1759216 views

Benjamin Lincoln

Benjamin Lincoln was a major general in the Continental Army

AmericanJanuary 24, 1733112 views

Sri Aurobindo

Sri Aurobindo was a great political reformer and a spiritual master

IndianAugust 15, 1872103 views

Georges Bidault

Georges-Augustin Bidault was a French politician who served as the Prime Minister of France twice.

FrenchOctober 5, 1899101 views

Mangal Pandey

Mangal Pandey was an Indian soldier who played a major role in inciting the Indian rebellion of 1857

IndianJuly 19, 1827168 views

Surya Sen

Surya Sen was a Bengali independence fighter who led the 1930 Chittagong armoury raid

IndianMarch 22, 1894151 views

Manuela Sáenz

Manuela Saenz was an iconic South American revolutionary who played a key role in the liberation of New Granada

AmericanDecember 27, 1797220 views

Chandra Shekhar Azad

Chandra Shekhar Azad was an Indian revolutionary considered to be the chief strategist of Hindustan Socialist Republican Association (HSRA).

IndianJuly 23, 190687 views

Bhagat Singh

Bhagat Singh was an Indian revolutionary who played a pivotal role in the Indian Independence movement

IndianSeptember 27, 1907213 views

Paul Revere

Paul Revere was an American industrialist and revolutionary

AmericanJanuary 1, 1735120 views