Famous People Born in 1820

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  • Jan 9th Pavel Krizkovsky, composer
  • Jan 17th Anne Brontë, English novelist/poet (Tenant of Wildfell Hall), born in Thornton, West Yorkshire (d. 1849)
  • Jan 18th Abraham Buford, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1884)
  • Jan 19th John Haskell King, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1888)
  • Jan 20th Anne Jemima Clough, England, promoted higher education for women
  • Jan 22nd Hermann von Lingg, German playwright/poet
  • Jan 22nd Johan Hendrik Koelman, portrait painter (Jahresringe)
  • Jan 22nd Joseph Wolf, German artist (d. 1899)
  • Jan 23rd Alexander Nikoleyevich Serov, composer
  • Jan 24th John Milton Thayer, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1906)
  • Jan 31st William B. Washburn, 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • Feb 1st George Hendric Houghton, American Protestant Episcopal clergyman (d. 1897)
  • Feb 2nd Hans E Schack, Danish politician/writer (Phantasterne)
  • Feb 3rd Elisha Kent Kane, US Arctic explorer (Kane Basin off NW Greenland)

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Feb 8th William Tecumseh Sherman, Major General (Union Army), (d. 1891)

  • Feb 13th Bela Albrecht Pal Keler, composer

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Feb 15th Susan Brownell Anthony, Adams Mass, woman's suffragette

  • Feb 17th Henri Vieuxtemps, Verviers Belgium, composer/teacher (Brussels Cons)
  • Feb 17th Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau, Catholic cardinal (d. 1898)
  • Feb 20th Mahlon Dickerson Manson, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1895)
  • Feb 28th John Tenniel, England, cartoonist/illustrator (Alice in Wonderland)
  • Feb 29th Adolf Schimon, composer
  • Mar 1st George Davis, Atty Gen (Confederacy), (d. 1896)
  • Mar 1st Richard Redhead, composer
  • Mar 2nd Multatuli [Eduard Douwes Dekker], Dutch writer (Max Havelaar), born in Amsterdam (d. 1887)
  • Mar 4th Francesco Bentivegna, Italian revolutionary (d. 1856)
  • Mar 6th Horatio Gouverneur Wright, Major General (Union volunteers)
  • Mar 7th Gustav Heinrich Graben-Hoffman, composer
  • Mar 9th Samuel Blatchford, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1893)
  • Mar 13th Louis Herbert, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)

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Mar 14th Victor Emmanuel II, King of Sardinia (1849-61) and Italy (1861-78), born in Torino, Italy (d. 1878)

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  • Mar 17th Patrick Edward Connor, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • Mar 17th Jean Ingelow, English poet (d. 1897)
  • Mar 20th Alexander J Cuza, monarch of Moldavia/Wallachia/Romania
  • Mar 20th Susan B. Anthony, reformer and women's suffrage movement leader, born in Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1906)
  • Mar 21st Frank Mori, English composer, born in London (d. 1873)
  • Mar 24th A. E. Becquerel, French physicist (d. 1891)
  • Mar 24th Fanny Crosby, American hymnist (d. 1915)
  • Mar 25th Xavier F M G, Earl of Merode, Belgian minister to Pope (in Rome)
  • Mar 30th Anna Sewell, English author (Black Beauty), born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (d. 1878)
  • Apr 4th Charles Devens Jr, Major General, Bvt (Union volunteers), (d. 1891)
  • Apr 5th Nadar, [Félix Tournachon], French painter/cartoonist/author/ballonist
  • Apr 14th Harry Thompson Hays, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1876)
  • Apr 15th Evander McNair, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1902)
  • Apr 16th Georg Curtius, German classical linguist
  • Apr 17th Gottfried Conradi, composer
  • Apr 26th Alice Cary, American poet (Cincinnati Sentinel), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Apr 27th Herbert Spencer, Derby England, Victorian philosopher (Social Statics)
  • May 4th Joseph Whitaker, England, publisher, founded Whitaker's Almanack
  • May 4th Julia Gardiner Tyler, 2nd wife of Pres John Tyler (1841-45)

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May 12th Florence Nightingale, British nurse (Crimean War), born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy (d. 1910)

  • May 22nd Alexander Ernst Fesca, composer
  • May 23rd James Buchanan Eads, US, engineer/inventor (Eads Bridge-St Louis)
  • May 23rd Lorenzo Sawyer, 9th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California (d. 1891)
  • May 27th Mathilde Bonaparte, French princess and socialite (d. 1904)
  • May 28th Willem Doorenbos, [Keerom], literary/critic
  • May 30th Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau, French Canadian politician (d. 1890)
  • Jun 13th WF Hendrik, the Navigator, prince of the Netherlands/admiral
  • Jun 14th John Bartlett, US, editor (compiled Familiar Quotations)
  • Jun 16th Athanase Coquerel, French Protestant preacher (d. 1875)
  • Jun 18th Martin Andreas Udbye, composer
  • Jun 24th Henry Rootes Jackson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1898)
  • Jul 2nd George Law Curry, Newspaper publisher and Governor of Oregon (d. 1878)
  • Jul 5th William John Macquorn Rankine, Scottish engineer and physicist (d. 1872)
  • Jul 10th Andrew Porter, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1872)
  • Jul 22nd Louis Powell Harvey, Governor (Union), (d. 1862)
  • Jul 26th John Marshall Jones, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • Jul 27th John Franklin Farnsworth, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
  • Jul 29th Clement Laird Vallandigham, MC (Union), (d. 1871)
  • Aug 2nd John Tyndall, Leighlinbridge, County Carlow Ireland, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect
  • Aug 3rd Luther Orlando Emerson, composer
  • Aug 3rd William Miller, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1909)
  • Aug 8th Winfield Scott "Old Swet" Featherston, Army Brigadier General (Confederate)
  • Aug 12th Oliver Mowat, a founder of the Canadian Confederation
  • Aug 13th George Grove, biblical scholar/misicographer, born in London, England
  • Aug 13th Joseph Alberdingk Thijm, [Pauwels Foreestier], poet (Dietsche Warande)
  • Aug 16th Andrew Rainsford Wetmore, Canadian politician (d. 1892)
  • Aug 20th Adolfe Louis Eugene Fetis, composer
  • Aug 24th Jacopo Tomadini, composer
  • Aug 26th James Harlan, (Rep-Iowa)/US Secretary of Interior (1865-66)
  • Aug 30th George Frederick Root, composer
  • Sep 3rd George Hearst, American businessman and father of William Randolph Hearst (d. 1891)
  • Sep 17th Earle Van Dorn, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • Sep 17th Émile Augier, French dramatist (d. 1889)
  • Sep 20th George Washington Morgan, Brigadier General (Union volunteers)
  • Sep 20th John Fulton Reynolds, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • Sep 21st Williams Carter Wickham, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • Sep 23rd Thomas Kilby Smith, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • Sep 26th Isvar Chandra Vidyasagar, father of Bengali prose (Exile of Sita)
  • Sep 28th Freidrich Engels, German social philosopher
  • Oct 1st Gustav Adolf Heinze, composer
  • Oct 5th David Wilber, American politician (d. 1890)
  • Oct 6th Jenny Lind, Swedish soprano (d. 1887)
  • Oct 8th Stanislaw Katski, composer
  • Oct 11th Alfred Washington Ellet, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1895)
  • Oct 13th John William Dawson, Canadian geologist (d. 1899)
  • Oct 20th Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • Oct 20th George Jerrison Stannard, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • Oct 23rd James Monroe Goggin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1889)
  • Nov 4th Robert Vinkler Richardson, Brig Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1870)
  • Nov 9th Matthias de Vries, Dutch linguist (spelling)
  • Nov 23rd John Willis Ellis, Governor (Confederacy) (d. 1861)
  • Nov 23rd Isaac Todhunter, British mathematician (d. 1884)
  • Nov 28th Friedrich Engels, Germany, social philosopher; Marx's collaborator
  • Nov 28th Lawrence O'Bryan Branch, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • Dec 5th Afanasy Fet, Russian poet (d. 1892)
  • Dec 10th David Allen Russell, Army Bvt Major General (Union), (d. 1864)
  • Dec 10th Princess Elizabeth of Clarence (d. 1821)
  • Dec 17th Frederick Tracy Dent, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1892)
  • Dec 26th Gustavus Adolphus Smith, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1885)