Famous People Born in 1809

  • Jan 1 John Pieter Heije, Dutch physician/writer/poet (Silver Fleet)
  • Jan 2 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, composer

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Jan 4 Louis Braille, French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for the blind, born in Coupvray, France (d. 1852)

Braille Inventor Louis Braille
Braille Inventor
Louis Braille
  • Jan 15 Cornelia Connelly, founder (Society of the Holy Child Jesus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 15 Pierre Joseph Proudhon, French politician (libertarian socialist)
  • Jan 18 Richard Caswell Gatlin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1896)

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Jan 19 Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1849)

  • Jan 20 Sebastian de Iradier, Spanish composer (La Paloma)
  • Jan 23 Veer Surendra Sai, Indian Freedom Fighter
  • Feb 3 Felix Mendelssohn [Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy ] German composer and pianist (Great Scherzos), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1847)
  • Feb 7 Frederik Paludan-Muller, Danish Romantic poet (Danserinden)

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Feb 12 Abraham Lincoln, American politician (R) 16th President (1861-65), born in Hardin County, Kentucky (d. 1865)

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln

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Feb 12 Charles Darwin, English naturalist (Origin of the Species) who conceived the theory of evolution by natural selection, born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire (d. 1882)

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin

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Feb 15 Cyrus McCormick, American inventor and businessman (mechanical reaper), born in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia (d. 1884)

Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper Cyrus McCormick
Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper
Cyrus McCormick
  • Feb 15 André Dumont, Belgian geologist, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1857)
  • Feb 20 Albertus J Duymaer van Twist, gov-gen of Neth-Indies
  • Feb 20 Henry Walton Wessells, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lietchfield, Connecticut (d. 1889)
  • Feb 24 Edwin H K Freiherr von Manteuffel, governor/viceroy (Elzas-Lutherian)
  • Feb 25 George Washington Cullom, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)
  • Mar 10 William David Porter, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1864)
  • Mar 15 Joseph Jenkins Roberts, 1st President of Liberia
  • Mar 15 Karl Josef von Hefele, German theologian (d. 1893)
  • Mar 19 Fredrik Pacius, composer
  • Mar 24 Joseph Liouville, French discover of transcendental numbers
  • Mar 27 Georges Eugene Haussmann, French architect, born in Paris
  • Mar 31 Edward FitzGerald, England, writer (Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam)
  • Mar 31 Otto Jonas Lindblad, composer
  • Mar 31 Nikolai Gogol [Nikolay], Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist (Dead Souls, The Inspector-General), born in Sorochintsy, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1852)
  • Apr 1 Willem Ruys J Dz, Dutch ship owner
  • Apr 4 Benjamin Pierce, US mathematician/astronomer
  • Apr 14 George W Vreede, Dutch lawyer/politician
  • Apr 15 Hermann Gunther Grassmann, mathematician
  • Apr 17 Philip St George Cocke, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1861)
  • Apr 20 John Smith Preston, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1881)
  • Apr 21 Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter, Secy State (Confederacy)
  • Apr 23 Eugene-Prosper Prevost, composer
  • Apr 28 Conradus Leemans, Dutch archaeologist
  • May 6 William Walker, composer
  • Jun 13 George Philip St Cooke, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Leesburg, Virginia (d. 1895)
  • Jun 15 François-Xavier Garneau, French-Canadian poet and historian (d. 1866)
  • Jun 18 Sylvanus William Godon, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1879)
  • Jun 27 Francois de Canrobert, French marshal/parliament member
  • Jul 8 Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja)
  • Jul 9 Frederick Henle, German pathologist
  • Jul 10 Friedrich August von Quenstedt, German geologist (d. 1889)
  • Jul 28 Ormsby McKnight Mitchel, American astronomer and Union Major General, born in Union County, Kentucky (d. 1862)
  • Jul 30 Charles Chiniquy, Quebec-born excommunicated Catholic priest (d. 1899)

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Aug 6 Alfred Lord Tennyson, British Poet Laureate of Great Britain, born in Somersby, Lincolnshire (d. 1892)

  • Aug 9 William Barret Travis, commander at Battle of the Alamo
  • Aug 21 Francesco Schira, composer
  • Aug 27 Hannibal Hamlin, (R) 15th VP (1861-65)

  • Aug 29 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American physician and author (Old Ironsides), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • Aug 30 Adolf Friedrich Hesse, German composer, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1863)
  • Sep 4 Juliusz Slowacki, Polish poet (Trip to H Land), born in Kremenets, Russian Empire (d. 1849)
  • Sep 5 Manuel Montt Torres, President of Chile (851-61), born in Petorca, Chile (d. 1880)
  • Sep 9 William Radford, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1890)
  • Sep 20 Sterline "Old Pap" Price, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • Sep 21 Sophia Hawthorne, American writer, painter and illustator, born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • Sep 27 Raphael Semmes, Rear Admiral (Confederate Navy), (d. 1877)
  • Oct 2 Anton Emil Titl, composer
  • Oct 4 Albrecht F H, prince of Prussia
  • Oct 4 Robert Cumming Schenck, American Major General (Union Army), born in Franklin, Ohio (d. 1890)
  • Oct 11 Orson Squire Fowler, American phrenologist and lecturer, born in Cohocton, New York (d. 1887)
  • Oct 22 Federico Ricci, composer
  • Oct 22 Volney E. Howard, American politician (d. 1889)
  • Oct 27 Peter "Peerke" Donders, Dutch RC missionary to Suriname
  • Nov 4 Benjamin Robbins Curtis, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1874)
  • Nov 9 Albert Taylor Bledsoe, Asst Secy War (Confederacy), (d. 1877)
  • Nov 13 John AB Dahlgren, US Union lt adm/inventor (Civil war Dahlgren-cannon)
  • Nov 23 Horatio Phillips Van Cleve, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1891)
  • Nov 26 Mariano Obiols, composer
  • Nov 27 Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble, British Shakespearian actress (Juliet) and author, born in London, England (d. 1893)
  • Nov 30 Thomas Molleson Mudie, composer
  • Dec 3 Thomas Alfred Davies, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Black Lake, New York (d. 1899)
  • Dec 6 Stephen Thomas, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Bethel, Vermont (d. 1903)
  • Dec 16 Peter P van Bosse, Dutch attorney/liberal minister of Finance
  • Dec 19 Pierre-Joseph van Beneden, Belg, paleont (life cycle of tapeworms)
  • Dec 20 Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, composer
  • Dec 22 Benedict Augustin Morel, Fren psychologist (dementia praecox), born in Vienna, Austria

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Dec 24 Kit Carson, American frontiersman, Indian fighter and army officer, born in Madison County, Kentucky (d. 1868)

Frontiersman Kit Carson
Frontiersman
Kit Carson
  • Dec 26 William Nelson Pendleton, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1883)
  • Dec 29 Albert Pike, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1891)

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Dec 29 William Ewart Gladstone, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Liberal: 1868-74, 1880-86, 1892-94), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1898)

British Prime Minister William Gladstone
British Prime Minister
William Gladstone