Famous People Born in 1808

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

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

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Dec 29 Andrew Johnson, 17th US President (Unionist: 1865-69), born in Raleigh, North Carolina (d. 1975)

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