Famous People Born in 1809

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

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Jan 4th Louis Braille, Coupvray France, developer (reading system for blind)

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

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Jan 19th Edgar Allan Poe, author (Pit & the Pendulum), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • Jan 20th Sebastian de Iradier, Spanish composer (La Paloma)
  • Jan 23rd Veer Surendra Sai, Indian Freedom Fighter
  • Feb 3rd Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Hamburg Germ, composer (Great Scherzos)
  • Feb 7th Frederik Paludan-Muller, Danish Romantic poet (Danserinden)

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Feb 12th 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 12th 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 15th Cyrus Hall McCormick, Shenandoah Valley Virginia, American inventor (Mechanical reaper)

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

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

  • Aug 9th William Barret Travis, commander at Battle of the Alamo
  • Aug 21st Francesco Schira, composer
  • Aug 23rd Juliusz Slowacki, Polish poet (Trip to H Land)
  • Aug 27th Hannibal Hamlin, (R) 15th VP (1861-65)
  • Aug 29th Oliver Wendell Holmes, physician/author (Old Ironsides), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • Aug 30th Adolf Friedrich Hesse, composer
  • Sep 5th Manuel Montt Torres, President of Chile (d. 1880)
  • Sep 9th William Radford, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1890)
  • Sep 20th Sterline "Old Pap" Price, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • Sep 21st Sophia Hawthorne, Salem Massachusetts, American writer, painter and illustator
  • Sep 27th Raphael Semmes, Rear Admiral (Confederate Navy), (d. 1877)
  • Oct 2nd Anton Emil Titl, composer
  • Oct 4th Albrecht F H, prince of Prussia
  • Oct 4th Robert Cumming Schenck, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1890)
  • Oct 11th Orson Squire Fowler, American phrenologist (d. 1887)
  • Oct 22nd Federico Ricci, composer
  • Oct 22nd Volney E. Howard, American politician (d. 1889)
  • Oct 27th Peter "Peerke" Donders, Dutch RC missionary to Suriname
  • Nov 4th Benjamin Robbins Curtis, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1874)
  • Nov 9th Albert Taylor Bledsoe, Asst Secy War (Confederacy), (d. 1877)
  • Nov 13th John AB Dahlgren, US Union lt adm/inventor (Civil war Dahlgren-cannon)
  • Nov 23rd Horatio Phillips Van Cleve, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • Nov 26th Mariano Obiols, composer
  • Nov 27th Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble, England, Shakespearian actress (Juliet)
  • Nov 30th Thomas Molleson Mudie, composer
  • Dec 3rd Thomas Alfred Davies, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1899)
  • Dec 6th Stephen Thomas, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1903)
  • Dec 16th Peter P van Bosse, Dutch attorney/liberal minister of Finance
  • Dec 19th Pierre-Joseph van Beneden, Belg, paleont (life cycle of tapeworms)
  • Dec 20th Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, composer
  • Dec 22nd Benedict Augustin Morel, Fren psychologist (dementia praecox), born in Vienna, Austria

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Dec 24th Christopher "Kit" Carson, Union brig-general/indian fighter/frontiersman, born in Madison County, Kentucky

Frontiersman Kit Carson
Frontiersman
Kit Carson
  • Dec 26th William Nelson Pendleton, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1883)
  • Dec 29th Albert Pike, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1891)

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Dec 29th William Ewart Gladstone, Liberal British PM (1868-74, '80-86, '92-94), (d. 1898)

British Prime Minister William Gladstone
British Prime Minister
William Gladstone