Famous People Born in 1788

  • Jan 5 Kaspar Ett, German organist/composer
  • Jan 8 Erik Drake, Swedish composer (Royal Swedish Academy of Music), born on Föllingsö, Östergötland (d. 1870)
  • Jan 8 Archduke Rudolph of Austria (d. 1831)
  • Jan 8 Pavel Kiselyov, Russian general and politician (d. 1874)
  • Jan 11 William Thomas Brande, English chemist (d. 1866)
  • Jan 13 Carl Ludwig Cornelius Westenholz, composer

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Jan 22 Lord Byron [George Gordon Byron], English romantic poet (Don Juan), born in London (d. 1824)

Romantic Poet Lord Byron
Romantic Poet
Lord Byron
  • Feb 5 Karoly Kisfaludy, Hungarian literary (A Tat rok Magyarorsz gon)

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Feb 5 Robert "Bobbie" Peel, British Prime Minister (Tory/Conservative/Peelite: 1834-35; 1841-46), founder of the British Conservative Party and founder of the modern police force (Bobbies), born in Ramsbottom, England (d. 1850)

British Prime Minister Robert Peel
British Prime Minister
Robert Peel
  • Feb 10 Johann Peter Pixis, composer
  • Feb 16 Juan van Halen, Dutch/Spanish officer/adventurer
  • Feb 22 Arthur Schopenhauer, Germany, philosopher (Great Pessimist)
  • Feb 25 Mateo Ferrer, composer
  • Mar 1 Gheorghe Asachi, Romania, writer/humanist/politician
  • Mar 7 Antoine César Becquerel, French physicist who pioneered the study of electric and luminescent phenomena, born in Châtillon-Coligny, France (d. 1878)
  • Mar 10 Joseph Freiherr von Eichendorff, German poet (Das Marmorbild)
  • Mar 12 Pierre J David, [David d'Angers], French sculptor
  • Apr 2 Francisco Balagtas, Filipino poet (d. 1862)
  • Apr 5 Franz Pforr, German painter/cartoonist (Lukasbund)
  • Apr 12 Johann Erik Nordblom, composer
  • Apr 14 David G. Burnet, interim president of the Republic of Texas (d. 1870)
  • Apr 17 Joseph Gilbert Totten, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1864)
  • May 10 Augustin-Jean Fresnel, optics pioneer/physicist
  • May 10 Catherine Pavlovna of Russia, German queen (d. 1819)
  • May 16 Friedrich Rückert, German Poet, Translator and Orientalist (d. 1866)
  • May 18 Hugh Clapperton, Annan Scotland, African explorer
  • Jun 21 Princess Augusta of Bavaria (d. 1850)
  • Jul 1 Jean-Victor Poncelet, mathematician, founded projective geometry
  • Aug 2 Leopold Gmelin, German chemist (d. 1853)
  • Aug 15 Carel SW van Hogendorp, Dutch colonial director
  • Aug 20 Jose Bernardo Alcedo, composer
  • Aug 22 Thomas Tredgold, engineer/carpenter
  • Aug 25 Cornelis J van Assen, Dutch jurist (Language of the Constitution)
  • Aug 26 Aloys Schmitt, German music theory/composer/royal pianist
  • Sep 6 F Wilhelm von Schadow, German painter (Modern Vasari)
  • Sep 10 Jacques Boucher de Crèvecœur de Perthes, French archaeologist (d. 1868)
  • Sep 12 Alexander Campbell, Irish/US founder (Disciples of Christ)
  • Sep 21 Margaret Smith Taylor, 1st lady (1849-50)
  • Sep 22 Theodore Edward Hook, English author (d. 1841)
  • Oct 11 Simon Sechter, composer
  • Oct 20 Philip Knapton, composer
  • Oct 23 Sarah Hale, founder (Seaman's Aid Society of Boston)
  • Oct 24 Sarah Josepha Hale, author (Mary Had a Little Lamb)
  • Nov 11 Michal Wielhorski, composer
  • Dec 18 Camille Pleyel, Austria, piano builder/composer
  • Dec 29 Christian Jürgensen Thomsen, Danish archaeologist, named Stone/Iron/Bronze Ages, born in Copenhagen