*Annie Besant,* born on 1 October 1847

*Annie Besant,* born on 1 October 1847

*Annie Besant,* born on 1 October 1847, was a _British socialist, theosophist, women's rights activist, writer, orator, educationist, and philanthropist._ Regarded as a champion of human freedom, she was an ardent supporter of both Irish and Indian self-rule. She was a prolific author with over _three hundred books_ and _pamphlets_ to her credit. As an educationist, her contributions included the founding of the _Banaras Hindu University._

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