Famous People Born in 1731

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  • Feb 25 Simon Stijl, Frisian physician/writer
  • Mar 7 Jean-Louis Laruette, composer
  • Mar 11 Robert Treat Paine, judge, signer (Declaration of Independence)
  • Apr 4 Francisco Morera, composer
  • Apr 8 William Williams, US merchant (signed Declaration of Independence)
  • May 11 Johann Gottfried Seyfert, composer
  • May 29 Orazio Mei, Italian composer, born in Pisa (d. 1788)

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Jun 13 Martha Washington, 1st US First Lady (1789-97), born in Kent County, Virginia (d. 1802)

1st US First Lady Martha Washington
1st US First Lady
Martha Washington
  • Jul 3 Samuel Huntington, (Gov-Ct), Continental Congress pres
  • Aug 4 Giuseppe Colla, composer
  • Sep 2 Johann F von Cronegk, German playwright (Olint und Sophronia)
  • Sep 7 Damasus Brosmann, composer
  • Sep 7 Elisabetta de Gambarini, composer
  • Sep 9 Francisco Javier Clavijero, Mexican writer (d. 1787)
  • Oct 10 Henry Cavendish, England, physicist and chemist (discovered hydrogen), born in Nice (d. 1810)
  • Nov 1 Theodore-Jean Tarade, composer

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Nov 9 Benjamin Banneker, African American mathematician and surveyor of Washington D.C., born in Ellicott's Mills, Maryland (d. 1806

Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author Benjamin Banneker
Mathematician, Astronomer and Almanac Author
Benjamin Banneker
  • Nov 11 Carl Joseph Toeschi, composer
  • Nov 15 William Cowper, English lawyer/poet (John Gilpin) [OS]
  • Nov 26 William Cowper, England, pre-romantic poet (His Task) [NS]
  • Nov 27 Gaetano Pugnani, composer
  • Dec 6 Sophie von Laroche, German writer (History of Lady Sophia Sternheim), born in Kaufbeuren. Bavaria (d. 1807)
  • Dec 7 Abraham-Hyacinthe Anquetil du Perron, French interpreter
  • Dec 8 Frantisek Xaver Dusek, composer
  • Dec 12 Erasmus Darwin, Newark-on-Trent, U.K., influential English physician, poet, philosopher, and botanist (and grandfather of Charles Darwin)
  • Dec 26 Anthony Ziesenis, architect/sculptor (Town Hall of Westzaan)
  • Dec 28 Christian Cannabich, German composer/royal chaplain master