Famous People Born in 1817

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  • Jan 8 John Selden Roane, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1867)
  • Jan 8 Sir Theophilus Shepstone, South African statesman (d. 1893)
  • Jan 14 Harmen S Sytstra, Dutch poet/editor (Iduna)
  • Jan 15 Lewis Golding Arnold, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1871)
  • Jan 18 Jacques Gregoir, composer
  • Jan 31 Antony Winkler Prins, Dutch writer (Groiler Encyclopaedia)
  • Feb 2 John Glover, English chemist (sulfuric acid)
  • Feb 2 Jose Maria de la Purificacion Ventura, composer
  • Feb 3 Emile Racine Gauthier Prudent, composer
  • Feb 3 Samuel Ryan Curtis, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1866)
  • Feb 3 Achille Ernest Oscar Joseph Delesse, French geologist (d. 1881)
  • Feb 7 Leroy Pope Walker, US lawyer/Confederate minister of War (1861)
  • Feb 8 Richard Stoddert Ewell, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1872)
  • Feb 15 Charles F Daubigny, French restauranteur/painter
  • Feb 18 Lewis Addison Armistead, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • Feb 18 Walter Page Lane, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1892)
  • Feb 19 Willem III, last male King of the Netherlands (1849-90), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1890)
  • Feb 21 Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Vallodolid Spain, poet/dramatist (El rey Loco)
  • Feb 22 Niels Wilhelm Gade, Danish violinist/composer/conductor
  • Feb 22 Carl Wilhelm Borchardt, German mathematician (d. 1880)
  • Feb 23 George Watts, painter, born in London, England
  • Feb 28 James Craig, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1888)
  • Mar 1 Giovanni Duprè, Italian sculptor (d. 1882)
  • Mar 2 Janos Arany, Hungary, epic poet (Toldi, Death of King Buda)
  • Mar 4 Edwards Pierrepont, American statesman, jurist and lawyer; 34th United States Attorney General (d. 1892)
  • Mar 5 Austen H Layard, British archaeologist/diplomat
  • Mar 6 Princess Clémentine of Orléans (d. 1907)
  • Mar 19 Lewis Henry Little, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • Mar 22 Braxton Bragg, Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1876)
  • Mar 24 Aime Maillart, composer
  • Mar 26 Herman Haupt, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1905)
  • Mar 27 Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, Swiss biologist (d. 1891)
  • Mar 28 Mariano Soriano Fuertes y Piqueras, composer
  • Mar 29 Constantine S Aksakov, Russian historian/poet
  • Apr 1 Johannes J van Oosterzee, Dutch theologist
  • Apr 2 Teodulo Mabellini, composer
  • Apr 4 John Wilson Sprague, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1893)
  • Apr 13 Alphonse Wauters, Belgian historian/archivist (Brussels)
  • Apr 18 George Henry Lewes, English philosophical writer (Life of Goethe)
  • Apr 19 John Philip "Spanish John", Scottish painter, born in Aberdeen (d. 1865)
  • May 2 Zikmund Michal Kolesovsky, composer
  • May 5 George Washington Julian, MC (Union), (d. 1899)
  • May 11 Fanny Cerrito, Italian ballet dancer (d. 1909)
  • May 14 Alexander Kaufmann, German poet (d. 1893)
  • May 15 Debendranath Tagore, Indian religious reformer (d. 1905)
  • May 18 James William Denver, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1892)
  • May 31 Edouard Deldevez, composer
  • May 31 Georg Herwegh, German poet, born in Stuttgart (d. 1875)
  • Jun 17 Thomas Maley Harris, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1906)
  • Jun 21 James Brewerton Ricketts, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1887)
  • Jun 30 Joseph D Hooker, British botanist
  • Jul 6 Albert von Kölliker, Swiss anatomist (d. 1905)

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Jul 12 Henry David Thoreau, American naturalist and pacifist (Walden Pond), born in Concord, Massachusetts (d. 1862)

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist/Pacifist
Henry David Thoreau
  • Jul 15 John Fowler, English engineer (London Metropolitan Railway)
  • Jul 17 Ignace Xavier Joseph Leybach, composer
  • Jul 19 Mary Ann Ball Bickerdyke, US, army nurse (union)
  • Jul 21 John Gilbert, painter/illustrator
  • Jul 21 Joseph K Barnes, Major General (Union Army), (d. 1883)
  • Jul 24 Adolf WAKF, grand duke of Luxembourg (1890-1905)
  • Jul 29 James Blair Steedman, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1883)
  • Jul 30 Charles Radoux-Rogier, composer
  • Jul 31 Philip Cook Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1894)
  • Aug 3 Albrecht FR, arch duke of Austria (Battle at Custozza)
  • Aug 13 Karoly Thern, composer
  • Aug 14 Alexander H. Bailey, American politician (d. 1874)
  • Aug 16 Henry Winter Davis, MC (Union), (d. 1865)
  • Aug 17 Joseph baron Kervyn de Lettenhove, Belgian Internal minister (1870-71)
  • Aug 24 Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian poet, writer and playwright (d. 1875)
  • Sep 5 Aleksei K Tolstoi, [Kozjma Prutkov], Russian poet/writer [NS]
  • Sep 6 Alexander Tilloch Galt, a Canadian founding father
  • Sep 7 Louise of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel), queen of Denmark (d. 1898)
  • Sep 9 Speed Smith Fry, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1892)
  • Sep 13 John McAuley Palmer, US Union msj-gen/(Gov-Ill, 1868-72)
  • Sep 14 Theodor Storm, German judge/author (Imense China)
  • Sep 21 Carter Littlepage Stevenson, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • Sep 21 Charles Balmer, composer
  • Sep 23 Leon Charles Francois Kreutzer, composer
  • Sep 24 Ramon de Campoamor Campoosorio, Spanish poet (Doloras)

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Sep 27 Hiram R. Revels, 1st African American US Senator, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 1901)

Minister and US Senator Hiram R. Revels
Minister and US Senator
Hiram R. Revels
  • Oct 2 Gunnar Wennerberg, composer
  • Oct 5 Eduard Franck, composer
  • Oct 7 Bushrod Rust Johnson, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1880)
  • Oct 10 Christophorus H D Buys Ballot, Dutch meteorologist/founder KNMI
  • Oct 17 Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim leader, born in Delhi, Mughal Empire
  • Oct 17 Samuel Ringgold Ward, Maryland, minister/abolitionist (Fugitive Negro)
  • Oct 23 Pierre Athanase Larousse, French lexicographer (d. 1875)
  • Oct 24 Hippolyte Mège-Mouriés, Draguignan, France, French chemist and inventor of margarine
  • Oct 27 Antoni Katski, composer
  • Oct 30 Hermann Kopp, German chemist (Jahresbericht of Chemistry)
  • Nov 8 Claudius Wistar Sears, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1891)
  • Nov 8 Theodoor J Canneel, Flemish painter
  • Nov 9 Edward Richard Sprigg Canby, Major General (Union volunteers)
  • Nov 12 Carlo Pedrotti, composer
  • Nov 12 Martin Gustav Nottebohm, composer
  • Nov 12 Bahá'u'lláh, Prophet Founder of the Bahá'í Faith (d. 1892)
  • Nov 21 Richard B. Garnett, Confederate Brigadier General, born in Essex County, Virginia (d. 1863)
  • Nov 24 Juan de la Cruz Moreno Maisonave, Guatemala
  • Nov 25 John Bigelow, American statesman and author (d. 1911)
  • Nov 30 Theodor Mommsen, German historian and scholar (Imperial Lives, Nobel 1902), born in Garding, Duchy of Schleswig (d. 1903)
  • Dec 2 Heinrich von Sybel, German historian (d. 1895)
  • Dec 8 Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish nobleman and politician (d. 1896)
  • Dec 19 James Jay Archer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) (d. 1864)