Famous People Born in 1787

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  • Jan 5 John Burke, Irish genealogist (Burke's Peerage)
  • Jan 8 Johann Ludwig Bohner, composer
  • Jan 13 John Davis, 14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1854)
  • Feb 13 James P Carrell, composer
  • Feb 16 Andreas Schelfhout, Dutch painter/etcher/lithographer
  • Feb 23 Emma Willard, US, opens school for young ladies (Hall of Fame)
  • Mar 6 Joseph von Fraunhofer, Germany, physicist (studied Sun's spectrum)

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Mar 8 Karl Ferdinand von Graefe, German surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1840)

  • Mar 10 William Etty, English painter (nudes)
  • Mar 11 Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (d. 1852)
  • Mar 16 Georg Simon Ohm, Erlangen, Brandenburg-Bayreuth, German physicist (discovered Ohm's Law)
  • Mar 17 George Simon Ohm, physicist (discovered Ohm's Law)
  • Apr 13 John Robertson, U.S. politician (d. 1873)
  • Apr 19 Deaf Smith, American frontiersman and revolutionary (d. 1837)
  • Apr 26 Ludwig Uhland, German writer, born in Tübingen, Württemberg (d. 1862)
  • May 7 Jacques Viger, French Canadian politician, first mayor of Montreal (d. 1858)
  • Jun 4 Constant Prévost, French geologist (d. 1856)
  • Jun 27 Thomas Say, USA, American naturalist and father of descriptive entomology, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jun 28 Henry G W Smith, leader of British-Indian forces
  • Jun 28 Sir Henry George Wakelyn (Harry) Smith, Wittlesea England, governor at the Cape Colony
  • Aug 15 Alexander Aliabiev, Russian composer, born in Tobolsk, Siberia (d. 1851)
  • Aug 24 James Weddell, Ostend England, Antarctic explorer (Weddell Sea)
  • Sep 1 John Bake, classical composer
  • Sep 5 François Sulpice Beudant, French mineralogist and geologist (d. 1850)
  • Sep 10 John Jordan Crittenden, MC (Union), (d. 1863)
  • Sep 18 Johann D Passavant, German historian/painter/graphic artist
  • Oct 4 Francois P G Guizot, French historian/politician
  • Oct 30 Karl Guhr, German composer (d. 1848)
  • Nov 4 Edmund Kean, England, actor (Edmund Kean's Masonic Career)
  • Nov 17 Michele Carafa, composer

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Nov 18 Sojourner Truth [Isabella Baumfree], African-American abolitionist and feminist, born in Swartekill, New York (d. 1883)

Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate Sojourner Truth
Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate
Sojourner Truth

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Nov 18 Louis-Jacques Daguerre, French inventor and photographer, born in Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France (d. 1851)

Photographer and Inventor Louis-Jacques Daguerre
Photographer and Inventor
Louis-Jacques Daguerre
  • Nov 21 Samuel Cunard, founder (1st regular Atlantic steamship line)
  • Nov 25 Franz Xaver Gruber, Austria, organist/composer ("Silent Night")
  • Nov 27 Christian Rummel, composer
  • Nov 27 Jacob earl van Rechteren van Appeltern, governor of Gelderland
  • Dec 1 Pavel Ivanovich Dulgorukov, composer
  • Dec 9 John Dobson, English architect (d. 1865)
  • Dec 10 Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, pioneer of educating the deaf, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Dec 14 Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, Empress of Austria and queen of Hungary and Bohemia (d. 1816)
  • Dec 15 Charles Cowden Clarke, English editor/Shakespearean critic
  • Dec 16 Mary Russell Mitford, English writer (d. 1855)
  • Dec 22 Rasmus Rask, Denmark, language scholar
  • Dec 28 Hermanus J Abbring, Dutch writer/engineer on Curacao