Famous People Born in 1759

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  • Jan 4 Maria Rosa Coccia, composer
  • Jan 5 Jacques Cathelineau, French royalist/army leader
  • Jan 17 Paul Cuffe, Mass, merchant/shipbuilder/African American nationalist
  • Jan 21 Johan Valckenaer, Dutch politician/patriot

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Jan 25 Robert Burns, Alloway Scotland, poet (Auld Lang Syne), (d. 1796)

  • Jan 31 Francois Devienne, composer
  • Feb 15 Friedrich A Wolfius, [Wolf], German philological (Prolegomena)
  • Feb 27 Johann Carl Friedrich Rellstab, composer
  • Mar 2 Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner, composer
  • Mar 22 Hedwig Elizabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden and Norway (d. 1818)
  • Apr 18 Jacques-Christian-Michel Widerkehr, composer
  • Apr 27 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, England, writer/feminist (Female Reader)
  • May 1 Jacob Albright, [Albrecht], German/US predictor
  • May 6 Francois GJS Andrieux, French writer/politician
  • May 15 Maria Theresia von Paradis, composer
  • May 18 Charles Duquesnoy, composer
  • May 20 William Thornton, architect (Capitol building, Washington, D.C.)
  • May 22 Gervais-Francois Couperin, composer
  • May 23 Antoinio da Silva Leite, composer
  • May 26 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, writer/mother of Mary Shelley

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May 28 William Pitt the Younger, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1783-1801, 1804-06), born in Hayes, Kent, England (d. 1806)

British Prime Minister William Pitt the Younger
British Prime Minister
William Pitt the Younger
  • Jun 2 Jan Ekels, the Young, Dutch painter
  • Jun 5 Theodor Zwetler, composer
  • Jun 8 Thomas Dunham Whitaker, British topographer, born in Rainham, Norfolk
  • Jun 21 Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman and financier (d. 1817)
  • Jul 10 Eleanore Sophia Maria Westenholz, composer
  • Jul 19 Seraphim of Sarov, Russian Orthodox Saint (d. 1833)
  • Jul 24 Victor Emmanuel I, King of Sardinia (1802-21)

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Aug 24 William Wilberforce, British politician, philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade, born in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England (d. 1833)

Abolitionist William Wilberforce
Abolitionist
William Wilberforce
  • Sep 19 William Kirby, English entomologist (d. 1850)
  • Sep 26 Hans D L earl Yorck von Wartenburg, Prussian fieldmarshal/gov-gen
  • Oct 4 Antoine Arbogast, French mathematician (d. 1803)
  • Oct 12 Frantisek Vaclav Tomes, composer
  • Oct 13 Ecco Epkema, Dutch linguist (Frisian, old-Frisian)
  • Oct 20 Chauncey Goodrich, U.S. Senator from Connecticut (d. 1815)

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Oct 25 William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig: 1806-07), born in Wotton Underwood, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1834)

British Prime Minister William Grenville
British Prime Minister
William Grenville
  • Oct 25 Maria Fyodorovna of Russia, wife of Tsar Paul I of Russia (d. 1828)
  • Oct 26 Georges Danton, France, revolutionary leader/min of Justice
  • Nov 10 Frederich von Schiller, Germany, poet/lyricist (Ode to Joy) (d. 1805)
  • Nov 13 Timothy Olmstead, early American composer (d. 1848)
  • Nov 20 Nikolaus Paul Zmeskall, composer
  • Nov 27 Franz Vinzenz Krommer, composer