Famous People Born in 1779

  • Jan 1 William Clowes, English printer (d. 1847)
  • Jan 5 Stephen Decatur, US, naval hero (War of 1812)
  • Jan 5 Zebulon Pike, brigadier general and explorer (Pike's Peak), born in Lamington, New Jersey (d. 1813)
  • Jan 8 John White, English organist and violinist (d. 1831)
  • Jan 15 Jean Coralli, ballet producer/choreographer, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 18 Peter Mark Roget, British nventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard) and lexographer (Roget's Thesaurus), born in London, England (d. 1869)
  • Jan 22 Stefano Pavesi, composer
  • Jan 24 Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden), Russian tsarina (d. 1826)
  • Feb 20 Augustus Callcott, landscape painter, Kensington
  • Feb 21 Friedrich C von Savigny, German lawyer
  • Feb 22 Joachim Nicolas Eggert, composer
  • Feb 27 Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (d. 1842)
  • Mar 1 Jacob Gottfried Weber, composer
  • Mar 2 Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist (d. 1851)
  • Mar 6 Philipp Roth, composer
  • Mar 13 Oliver Shaw, early American composer, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1848)

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Mar 15 William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig 1834, 1835-41), born in London (d. 1848)

British Prime Minister William Lamb
British Prime Minister
William Lamb
  • Mar 15 Lord Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, (d. 1848)
  • Mar 21 Alexis Garaude, composer
  • Mar 28 Angelo Maria Benincori, composer
  • Apr 11 Louise Reichardt, German composer, born in Berlin, Prussia
  • Apr 21 William Knyvett, composer
  • May 2 John Galt, Scotland, novelist (Ayrshire Legatees, Lawrie Todd)
  • May 25 Henry M Baron de Kock, Dutch officer/politician
  • May 28 Thomas Moore, Irish poet (d. 1852)
  • Jul 10 Alois Basil Nikolaus Tomasini, composer
  • Jul 15 Clement Clarke Moore, US professor and author ('Twas the Night Before Xmas), born in NYC, New York (d. 1863)
  • Jul 20 Ignaz Schuster, composer
  • Jul 21 Gottlob Wiedebein, German composer, born in Eilenstedt (d. 1854)
  • Aug 1 Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, poet and composer of the lyrics to "Star-Spangled Banner", born in Carroll County, Maryland (d. 1843)
  • Aug 1 Lorenz Oken, German naturalist (d. 1851)
  • Aug 7 Carl Ritter, co-founder of modern science of geography
  • Aug 7 Louis de Freycinet, French explorer (d. 1842)
  • Aug 17 Franz de Paula Roser, composer
  • Aug 20 Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist (d. 1848)
  • Aug 20 Fabian Gottlieb von Bellinghausen, Russian Explorer who discovered the continent of Antarctica, born in Osel, Estonia (d. 1852)
  • Aug 22 James Kirke Paulding, American author (The Dutchman's Fireside), born in Pleasant Valley, NY (d. 1860)
  • Sep 8 Johann Philipp Samuel Schmidt, composer
  • Sep 8 Mustafa IV, sultan of Turkey (1807-08)
  • Sep 10 Louis Alexandre Piccinni, composer
  • Sep 18 Joseph Story, Mass, 19th Supreme Court justice (1812-45)
  • Oct 10 Antoine PFGdV Celles, Belgium/Dutch/French MP
  • Nov 4 John W Pieneman, historical painter (Battle at Waterloo)
  • Nov 5 Washington Allston, US painter/author
  • Nov 6 Michal Bogdanowicz, composer
  • Nov 14 Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger, Danish poet (d. 1850)
  • Nov 27 Aimé, duc de Clermont-Tonnerre, French general (d. 1865)
  • Dec 1 Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, composer
  • Dec 12 Madeleine Sophie Barat, French saint (d. 1865)
  • Dec 14 Mariano Rodriguiz de Ledesma, composer

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Dec 18 Joseph Grimaldi, English pantomimist and the "greatest clown in history", born in London (d. 1837)

Greatest Clown in History Joseph Grimaldi
Greatest Clown in History
Joseph Grimaldi
  • Dec 19 Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, engraver, born in Paris, France