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When you've got a lot of people together, it makes sense to pick someone to be in charge. As exploration expanded, individuals were chosen to oversee colonies and settlements. This section highlights those men (and some women), as well as the leaders and attendant ruling class -- nobles, peerage, wannabes and hangers-on --back home.
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Kamakahelei

borndied
unknown1794
was alii nui, or Queen regnant, of the island of Kaua'i. She was the ruling chiefess of Kauai reigning from 1770 -- 1794. In some historical references she has been described as a regent for her sons Keawe and Kaumualii. She was the sovereign of the Island of Kauai at the time Captain more
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Dingane kaSenzangakhona

aka: Dingaan
borndied
1795 ca1840
a Zulu chief who became king of the Zulu Kingdom in 1828. He set up his royal capital UmGungundlovu, and one of numerous military encampments or kraals, in the Emakhosini valley just south of the White Umfolozi River on the slope of Lion Hill (Singonyama).
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Kaumualii

aka: George Kaumuali'i
borndied
1778 ca1824, May 26
the last independent ali'i nui (supreme ruler of the island) of Kaua'i and Ni'ihau before becoming a vassal of Kamehameha I of the unified Kingdom of Hawai?i in 1810. He was the 23rd high chief of Kaua'i, reigning from 1794-1810. Although he was sometimes known as George Kaumuali'i, he should not be confused with his son who is more commonly known by that na...
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Edward Kavanagh

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1795, Apr 271844, Jan 22
a United States Representative and the 17th Governor of Maine. Born in Newcastle (in modern-day Maine, then a part of Massachusetts), he attended Montreal Seminary (in Quebec, Canada) and Georgetown College, (Georgetown, D.C.) He graduated from St. Mary's College (Baltimore) in 1813. He studied law, was admitted to the bar and commenced practice in Damarisco...
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Stephen W. Kearny

aka: Kearney
borndied
1794, Aug 301848, Oct 31
In 1812 Kearny was commissioned as a First Lieutenant in the War of 1812 in the 13th Infantry Regiment. After the war, he chose to remain in the US Army. Kearny was promoted to captain on April 1, 1813; brevet major in 1823; major, 1829; and lieutenant colonel, 1833. He was assigned to the western frontier under command of Gen. Henry Atkinson, and in 1819 he...
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John P. Kennedy

bornactivedied
1795, Oct 251819-18701870, Aug 18
an American novelist and Whig politician who served as United States Secretary of the Navy from July 26, 1852 to March 4, 1853, during the administration of President Millard Fillmore, and as a U.S. Representative from Maryland's 4th congressional district. He was the Speaker of the Maryland State assembly and served several different terms in the assembly. ...
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Bohdan Khmelnytsky

aka: Chmielricki
bornactivedied
1595 ca1617-16571657, Aug 6
a Ukrainian Hetman of the Zaporozhian Host of the Crown of the Kingdom of Poland in the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth (now part of Ukraine). He led an uprising against the Commonwealth and its magnates (1648–1654) that resulted in the creation of a state led by the Cossacks of Ukraine. In 1654, he concluded the Treaty of Pereyaslav with the Tsardom of R...
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Henry Killigrew [2]

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1528 ca1603
an English diplomat and ambassador in the sixteenth century. He was several times employed by Elizabeth I in Scottish affairs and served as one of the English appointees to the Council of State of the Netherlands in the United Provinces in 1586 and 1587-1589. Member of Parliament for Newport & Launceston in 1553, Saltash in 1563, Truro in 1571-2.
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Henry Killigrew [5]

borndied
1652 ca1712, Nov 9
an English Royal Navy officer and Member of Parliament. He was the son of the playwright Henry Killigrew. He was active in the Royal Navy during 1670s and 1680s, and was promoted to vice-admiral in 1689, but was suspected of Jacobite sympathies and not given a sea command after 1693. He was however appointed a Lord of the Admiralty in that year.
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William R. King

aka: William Rufus DeVane King
borndied
1786, Apr 71853, Apr 18
an American politician and diplomat. He was the 13th Vice President of the United States for six weeks in 1853 before his death. Earlier he had been elected as a U.S. Representative from North Carolina and a Senator from Alabama. He also served as Minister to France during the reign of King Louis Philippe I.
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Vilem Kinsky

aka: Vilém Kinský
borndied
15741634, Feb 25
The Kinsky family were members of the Bohemian aristocracy. In 1628 Vilém Kinsky was elevated to the rank of count in the Bohemian nobility when the Albrecht von Wallenstein, to which he was connected, was elevated to Duke of Frýdlant. Kinsky was killed at Cheb on 25 February 1634 as part of the plot to assassinate Field Marshal of the Imperial Army Albrec...
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Emperor Kokaku

bornactivedied
1771, Sep 231780-18171840, Dec 11
Given name, Tomohito, the 119th emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Kokaku's reign spanned the years from 1780 through 1817. Kokaku was very talented and had a zeal for scholarship, reviving festivals at the Iwashimizu and Kamono shrines, and working hard at reviving ceremonies surrounding the Imperial Court.
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Emperor Komei

aka: Osahito
bornactivedied
1831, Jul 221846-18671867, Jan 30
the 121st emperor of Japan, according to the traditional order of succession. Komei's reign spanned the years from 1846 through 1867. With the arrival of US Commodore Matthew Perry and his "Black Ships" on 8 July 1853, Japan began its transformation into a modern industrial power. The Tokugawa Shogunate, which had controlled military and civil affairs in Jap...
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