Who am I?

I lived a long successful life I did
Starting out was rough as a kid

I seemed to catch break at age thirty eight
Working under the governor sure was great

In '64 I dethroned a king
Shortly after, a shipyard and naval academy became a thing

My final moments were in '85
Nothing could be done about my demise

Before I left a truce was signed
My legacy lives on for all of mankind

Will add hints if needed

Hint #1

To be fair, the year thing may be very misleading and unfair. So I will tell you not to get too hung up in the 20th century. For all I know denoting a year like '85 can only be referred to the 20th century. So I'll throw this early hint to everyone.

Hint #2

I died at age 72

Hint #3 (Hopefully a good one!)

I was a military leader in the Qing Dynasty

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    $\begingroup$ Are the apostrophes after the numbers significant? As in 64 feet rather than 1964? $\endgroup$
    – Josh
    Nov 24, 2015 at 16:06
  • $\begingroup$ They denote a year, not feet or anything else. $\endgroup$
    – Timmy
    Nov 24, 2015 at 16:09
  • $\begingroup$ you'd put the apostrophes before the number then, i.e. '64 and '85. As with any other contraction, the apostrophe represents 'contracted' information, in this case, the "19" from each year. $\endgroup$
    – dfperry
    Nov 24, 2015 at 16:29
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    $\begingroup$ @dperry Thanks, fixed it. I'm surprised I ever passed 6th grade most days. $\endgroup$
    – Timmy
    Nov 24, 2015 at 16:32
  • $\begingroup$ A lot of things in your clues and hints point to this guy: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Clinton,_1st_Earl_of_Lincoln $\endgroup$ Nov 26, 2015 at 10:03

3 Answers 3



Zuo Zongtang, or "General Tso"

The dates match (1812-1885), he was hired as an advisor to Zeng Guofan (governor) in 1850, dethroned Hong Tianguifu in 1864, "founded China's first modern shipyard and naval academy in Fuzhou" in 1866. He died shortly after a truce was signed in the Sino-French war.

  • $\begingroup$ Can you put what you've got for Ulysses S Grant? Died in 1885, beat Robert E Lee (King of Spades?) in 1864, looks very promising to me. $\endgroup$
    – Fillet
    Nov 24, 2015 at 19:27
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    $\begingroup$ There is also a famous ship called after Grant, captured from the Germans in 1917; the original name of the ship was "Konig Wilhelm II", that is "King William II". Ship + dethroned King, but the years do not match. $\endgroup$
    – Gamow
    Nov 25, 2015 at 9:40
  • $\begingroup$ Nope, too many missing holes, good guess though! $\endgroup$
    – Timmy
    Nov 25, 2015 at 18:23
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    $\begingroup$ @f'' Exactly! I thought of this eating at a Chinese buffet. I figured it would be tricky until I gave some solid hints. Haha $\endgroup$
    – Timmy
    Nov 28, 2015 at 0:04
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    $\begingroup$ I Love General Tso's Chicken, mmmm - fav. Chinese dish! $\endgroup$ Nov 28, 2015 at 4:27

I'm going to guess that you are the "House of York"

The title of the question is "You dare to eat me" - York peppermint patties.

You said you died at age 72 and you died in the year '85, so you must have been born in '13. The house of York rose to power from 1413-1485 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Badges_of_England

The house of York had many kings in place so I'm sure something happened in '65 probably.

Also the House of York overthrew the previous "House of Lancaster", which is another food product company (Lancaster) hinting towards "you dare to eat me" once more.

  • $\begingroup$ I like this one, but don't see where the references to the governor, naval academy or shipyard fit in $\endgroup$
    – Irishpanda
    Nov 26, 2015 at 16:19
  • $\begingroup$ Ah, I do like this answer. But my third clue puts this in the wrong. ;) I also really like your Vienna Sausages comment on the OP. Haha $\endgroup$
    – Timmy
    Nov 27, 2015 at 16:01

I would guess the beatles.

1964 they "dethroned" Elvis

1985 their publishing rights were bought up by Michael Jackson

But this is far-fetched and i can't fit the age 38 into this.

  • $\begingroup$ Nope! But those are some neat facts I didn't know about! $\endgroup$
    – Timmy
    Nov 24, 2015 at 18:46
  • $\begingroup$ Also fits the title, "You dare to eat me", nice! $\endgroup$ Nov 26, 2015 at 9:51

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