Famous People Born in 1808

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  • Jan 6th Joseph Pitty Couthouy, American naval officer (d. 1864)
  • Jan 7th Jacob Ammen, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1894)
  • Jan 11th Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist
  • Jan 12th Paul "the Great" Taglioni, ballet choreographer, born in Vienna, Austria
  • Jan 13th Salmon P Chase, (Sen-R) cabinet member, 6th chief justice (1864-73)
  • Jan 19th Lysander Spooner, American philosopher (d. 1887)
  • Jan 27th David F Strauss, Germany, theologist (Jesus' Life)
  • Feb 4th Josef Kajetán Tyl, Czech playwright, author of the Czech national anthem(d. 1856)
  • Feb 5th Carl Spitzweg, German painter (d. 1885)
  • Feb 9th Francesco Gomez da Rocha, composer
  • Feb 20th Daumier, Marseilles France, artist
  • Feb 25th James Bowen, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1886)
  • Feb 26th Honoré Daumier, French painter, illustrator, and sculptor (d. 1879)
  • Feb 26th Nathan Kelley, American architect, active mainly in Ohio, (d. 1871)
  • Mar 12th Gerrit van der Linde Jz, "Schoolmaster", Dutch poet
  • Mar 14th Catharinus Putnam Buckingham, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
  • Mar 15th Gaetano Gaspari, composer
  • Mar 23rd Jeronimo de Bosch Kemper, sociologist/historian (Statistic yearbook)
  • Mar 24th Maria Malibran, Spanish-French singer (d. 1836)
  • Mar 25th Jose de Espronceda y Delgado, Spanish revolutionary/poet (Cortes)
  • Apr 10th Auguste Franchomme, composer
  • Apr 13th Antonio Meucci, Italian inventor (d. 1896)
  • Apr 16th Caleb Blood Smith, Secy Int (Union), (d. 1864)
  • Apr 20th Louis-Napoleon (Napoleon III), emperor of France (1852-71)
  • Apr 26th Martha Finley, children's book author
  • Apr 29th Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch, German politician/reformer [or 1883]
  • May 15th Gottfried Herrmann, composer
  • May 15th Michael William Balfe, composer
  • May 17th Charles-Louis-Adolphe Vogel, French composer (Les trois couleurs), (d.1892)
  • May 19th Samuel Jameson Gholson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1883)
  • May 22nd Gérard de Nerval [Gérard Labrunie], French writer, born in Paris (d. 1855)
  • May 30th Joaquim Casimiro Jr, composer

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Jun 3rd Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America (1861-65), born in Fairview, Kentucky (d. 1889)

President of the Confederate States of America Jefferson Davis
President of the Confederate States of America
Jefferson Davis
  • Jun 10th Friedrich Kaiser, Dutch astronomer (Kaiser compass-card)
  • Jun 11th Charles Henry Poor, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1882)
  • Jun 17th Everhardus J Potgieter, Dutch writer/publisher (The Guide)
  • Jun 17th Henrik Wergeland, Norwegian author (d. 1845)
  • Jun 20th Samson Raphael Hirsch, German rabbi (d. 1888)
  • Jun 24th Anna Caroline Oury, composer
  • Jun 28th Cristina di Trivulzio di Belgioioso, Italian princess/politican
  • Jul 9th Alexander William Doniphan, American lawyer and soldier (d. 1887)
  • Jul 10th Solomon Northup, American abolitionist and author (12 Years a Slave), born Minerva, New York (or 10 Jul 1807) (d. 1863)
  • Jul 15th Henry Cole, promotor (Great Exhibition of 1851)
  • Jul 15th Henry Edward Manning, cardinal/archbishop (Westminster)
  • Jul 21st Simion Bărnuţiu, Romanian philosopher and politician (d. 1864)
  • Jul 28th Charles Lucas, composer
  • Jul 31st Frederick Nichols Crouch, composer
  • Aug 1st Henry Darwin Rogers, American Geologist (theory of mountain building, first geological mapping of Pennsylvania), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Aug 3rd Hamilton Fish, American politician (d. 1893)
  • Aug 9th William Thomas Ward, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • Aug 10th Carl Friedrich Weitzmann, composer
  • Aug 19th James Nasmyth, Edinburgh, Scottish Engineer and Inventor of the steam hammer
  • Aug 24th Benjamin Grubb Humphreys, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • Aug 24th Thomas Fenwick Drayton, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1891)
  • Aug 29th Hermann Schulze-Delitzsch, German politician/reformer
  • Aug 30th Princess Ludovika of Bavaria (d. 1892)
  • Sep 6th Abd al-Qadir, Algerian political and military leader (d. 1883)
  • Sep 15th Louis Clapisson, composer
  • Sep 30th Lambertus GC Ledeboer, Dutch vicar (Folies-old Calvinist communities)
  • Oct 1st Fryderyk Edward Sobolewski, composer
  • Oct 5th Thomas Algeo Rowley, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1892)
  • Oct 5th Winand C H Staring, geologist (Geology of Netherlands)
  • Oct 6th Frederik VII, 1st constitutional king of Denmark (1848-63)
  • Oct 12th John Liptrot Hatton, composer
  • Oct 13th Henry Haywood Bell, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1868)
  • Oct 20th Karl [Theodor] Andree, German geographer/journalist (Globus)
  • Oct 24th Ernst Friedrich Richter, composer
  • Oct 24th Carl Bernhard von Cotta, Meiningen, Germany, German geologist
  • Nov 1st John Taylor, American religious leader (d. 1887)
  • Nov 2nd Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly, French writer (d. 1889)
  • Nov 17th Alberich Zwyssig, composer
  • Nov 18th Antoine-Amable-Elie Elwart, composer
  • Nov 22nd Thomas Cook, founder (Cook travel bureau)
  • Nov 27th Hugh Weedon Mercer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1877)
  • Dec 4th Ernest Panckoucke, French publisher (Horatius)
  • Dec 6th Johan M Dautzenberg, Flemish author (Future)
  • Dec 6th Johann Christian Gebauer, composer
  • Dec 7th Hugh McCulloch, US Treasury Secretary (1884-85, 85-69), born in Kennebunk, Maine (d. 1895)
  • Dec 20th Thomas Tinsley Craven, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1887)
  • Dec 22nd Thomas Cook, England, tour director (Thomas Cook & Son)
  • Dec 23rd Thomas Turner, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1883)
  • Dec 25th Stephen Cleeg Rowan, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1890)
  • Dec 26th Albert Grisar, composer

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Dec 29th Andrew Johnson, (Unionist), 17th pres (1865-69), born in Raleigh, North Carolina

17th US President Andrew Johnson
17th US President
Andrew Johnson
  • Dec 29th Gyorgy Apponyi, Hungarian Parliament member