Famous People Born in 1837

  • Jan 2 Mili Alexeyevich Balakirev, Nizhny-Novgorod, Russia, composer (Tamara)
  • Jan 4 Casimiro de Abreu, Brazil, poet (Camoes e o jau)
  • Jan 5 A Ch Swinburne, writer [or Apr 5]
  • Jan 12 Adolf Jensen, composer
  • Jan 12 Carlos Troyer, composer
  • Jan 16 James Phillip Simms, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1887)
  • Jan 19 William Williams Keen, surgeon (brain)
  • Jan 20 David Josiah Brewer, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (d. 1910)
  • Jan 23 Amanda Berry Smith, American former slave, singer and evangelist
  • Feb 5 Dwight Lyman Moody, US, evangelist (Student Volunteer Movement)
  • Feb 7 James Augustus Henry Murray, Scotland, created Oxford Dictionary
  • Feb 13 Valentin de Zubiaurre y Unionbarrenechea, composer
  • Feb 17 Francis Jay Herron, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1902)
  • Feb 17 Sam[uel] van Houten, Dutch (lib) minister (child labor laws)
  • Feb 24 Rosalía de Castro, Santiago de Compostela Galician writer and poet ('Séculos Escuros') (d. 1885)
  • Feb 26 Charles Woeste, Belgian count/min of Justice
  • Mar 1 Ion Creanga, Romanian fairy tale author (Amintiti the Copilarie)
  • Mar 1 William Dean Howells, US, novelist/critic/editor (Atlantic)
  • Mar 7 Henry Draper, Virginia, astro-spectro-photographer (Moon, Jupiter)
  • Mar 12 Felix Alexandre Guilmant, composer
  • Mar 14 Charles Ammi Cutter, US librarian (Expansive classification)

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Mar 18 Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th US President (1885-89, 1893-97), born in Caldwell, New Jersey (d. 1908)

US President Grover Cleveland
US President
Grover Cleveland
  • Mar 19 Robert Daniel Johnston, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1919)
  • Mar 23 Joseph Wieniawski, composer
  • Mar 24 Philips, Count of Flanders Belgium
  • Mar 31 Robert Ross McBurney, 1st paid secretary of the YMCA
  • Mar 31 Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • Apr 3 John Burroughs, writer/nature enthusiast (Burroughs Medal namesake)
  • Apr 5 Algernon Charles Swinburne, England, poet (Atalanta in Calydon)
  • Apr 10 Forceythe Willson, American poet (d. 1867)
  • Apr 11 Ephraim Elmer Ellsworth, Col (Union Army), (d. 1861)
  • Apr 15 Horace Porter, Bvt Brigadier General (Union Army), (d. 1921)
  • Apr 17 J. P. Morgan, American banker/CEO (US Steel Corporation), born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Apr 21 Fredrik Bajer, Denmark, politician/feminist/pacifist (Nobel 1908)
  • Apr 24 Friedrich von Holstein, German diplomat (die graue Eminenz)
  • Apr 25 William Charles Levey, composer
  • Apr 29 Georges Boulanger, French general and politician (d. 1891)
  • Apr 30 Alfred R. Gaul, English composer, born in Nottingham (d. 1913)
  • May 2 Henry Martyn Robert, parliamentarian (Robert's Rules of Order)
  • May 9 Adam Opel, German manufacturer (cycling, motorcars)
  • May 10 Pinckney B S Pinchback, Lt gov (Louisiana)
  • May 23 James Sanks Brisbin, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1892)

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May 27 "Wild Bill" Hickok [James Butler], American cowboy and scout, born in Troy Grove, Illinois (d. 1876)

Folk Hero of the American Old West Wild Bill Hickok
Folk Hero of the American Old West
Wild Bill Hickok
  • May 27 Robert Frederick Hoke, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1912)
  • May 27 Ivan Kramskoi, Russian painter (d. 1887)
  • May 28 George Ashlin, Irish architect (d. 1921)
  • May 28 Tony Pastor, American vaudeville performer (d. 1908)
  • May 29 Alexander F de Savornin Lohmann, Dutch minister/party leader (CHU)
  • May 29 Luca Fumagalli, composer
  • May 31 Ernest Daudet, French writer (White Terror)
  • May 31 Stephen Dodson Ramseur, Mjr General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • May 31 William Henry Fitzhugh "Rooney" Lee, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • Jun 7 Alois Hitler, father of Adolf Hitler (d. 1903)
  • Jun 8 Jan Kleczynski, composer
  • Jun 8 Moriz Heyne, German germanist (Beowulf)
  • Jun 16 Eli Long, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1903)
  • Jun 17 Vincent Strong, civil war fighter, (d. 1863)
  • Jun 22 Paul Morphy, greatest chess player of all time (1857-61), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Jun 23 Ernest Guiraud, composer
  • Jun 26 Martin Davis Hardin II, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1923)
  • Jun 26 Victor Jean Baptiste Girardey, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • Jun 30 Stephen D Ramseur, youngest West Pointer to be Maj Gen
  • Jul 6 Wlasyslaw Zelenski, composer
  • Jul 11 Paul Lacombe, composer
  • Jul 15 Stephanie of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen, queen of Portugal (d. 1859)
  • Jul 18 Vasil Levski, Bulgarian revolutionary (d. 1873)
  • Jul 20 Hans Sommer, German theatre composer, born in Brunswick (d. 1922)
  • Jul 28 Christian Barnekow, composer
  • Jul 30 Elon John Farnsworth, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • Jul 31 William Clarke Quantrill, Col (Confederate Army), (d. 1865)
  • Aug 1 Mother Jones, American labor organizer (d. 1930)
  • Aug 11 Marie Francois Carnot, engineer/French pres (1887-94); assassinated
  • Aug 16 Emile A H Seipgens, Dutch priest/beer brewer
  • Aug 24 Theodore Dubois, composer
  • Aug 27 Heinrich Urban, composer
  • Aug 30 Ellen Lewis Herndon Arthur, 1st lady (1881-85)
  • Sep 2 James Harrison Wilson, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1925)
  • Sep 14 Nikolai Bugaev, Russian mathematician (d. 1903)
  • Sep 15 Leo van Gheluwe, composer
  • Sep 16 Pedro V van Alcantara, king of Portugal (1853-61)
  • Sep 18 Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos, (Portuguese) Archbishop of Goa (d. 1880)
  • Sep 19 Adolf Gustaw Sonnenfeld, composer
  • Oct 8 Otto Winter-Hjelm, composer
  • Oct 14 Ellison Capers, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1908)
  • Oct 16 John Francis Barnett, composer
  • Oct 18 Friedrich W Mengelberg, German sculptor/painter
  • Oct 26 James Lawlor Kiernan, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1869)
  • Oct 28 Tokugawa Yoshinobu, Japan's last shogun (d. 1913)
  • Oct 29 Abraham Kuyper, clergyman/Dutch premier (AR, 1908-12)
  • Oct 29 Harriet Powers, US, slave/writer (Creation of Animals)
  • Nov 2 Émile Bayard, French artist, illustrator (d. (1891)
  • Nov 9 Alfred Holmes, composer
  • Nov 9 Gerrit Jan van Heek, textile factory/politician
  • Nov 13 James T. Rapier, American politician (d. 1883)
  • Nov 17 David Capriles, director of psychiatry of Monte Christo, Curacao
  • Nov 17 Derk J A Haspels, Dutch actor
  • Nov 17 Willem Coenen, composer

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Nov 23 Johannes van der Waals, Dutch physicist (Nobel 1910, Liquid and Gas States), born in Leiden, Netherlands (d. 1923)

Physicist/Nobel Laureate Johannes van der Waals
Physicist/Nobel Laureate
Johannes van der Waals
  • Nov 28 John Wesley Hyatt, inventor (celluloid)
  • Dec 2 Charles Garrison Harker, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1864)
  • Dec 9 Émile Waldteufel, French composer (d. 1915)
  • Dec 14 William Wells, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1892)
  • Dec 18 A Adolf Daens, Belgian priest/Dutch party founder (CVP)
  • Dec 19 John Carpenter Carter, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • Dec 24 Sissi, Emperor of Austria
  • Dec 25 Cosima Liszt, wife of Austrian composer Richard Wagner

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Dec 26 George Dewey, American admiral, naval hero in Battle of Manila Bay, born in Montpelier, Vermont (d. 1917)

Admiral George Dewey
Admiral
George Dewey
  • Dec 26 Morgan Bulkeley, American politician and baseball commissioner (d. 1922)
  • Dec 28 Benjamin Johnson Lang, American conductor and composer, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1909)