Famous People Born in 1838

  • Jan 1 William Hugh Young, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • Jan 4 Charles Stratton, [General Tom Thumb] (famous short person)
  • Jan 5 Camille Jordan, French mathematician (d. 1922)
  • Jan 6 Max Bruch, Koln (Cologne), Germany, composer
  • Jan 16 Franz Brentano, German philosopher and psychologist (d. 1917)
  • Feb 6 Henry Irving, [John H Brodribb], England, knighted 1895/actor (Hamlet)
  • Feb 6 Yisrael Meir Kagan, Chofetz Chayim (d. 1933)
  • Feb 12 Charles Carroll Walcott, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1898)
  • Feb 14 Margaret Knight, inventor, "the female Thomas Edison"
  • Feb 16 Arnoldus Pannevis, South African ship's doctor/linguist
  • Feb 16 Henry Adams, historian, writer (Education of Henry Adams), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Feb 18 Ernst Mach, Chirlitz-Turas Austria, physicist/philosopher/psychologist
  • Feb 20 James Barbour Terrill, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • Feb 22 Pierre Jules Cesar Janssen, discoverer of hydrogen in Sun
  • Feb 23 Gilbert Moxley Sorrel, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)
  • Feb 24 Thomas Benton Smith, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1923)
  • Feb 26 Wendelin Weissheimer, composer
  • Feb 28 Maurice Lévy, French engineer (d. 1910)
  • Mar 1 Gabriele dell' Addolorata, [Francesco Possenti], Italian priest
  • Mar 2 David Duffle Wood, composer
  • Mar 3 George William Hill, US astronomer (calculated Moon's orbit)
  • Mar 4 Paul Lacôme, French composer, born in Le Houga, Gascony (d. 1920)
  • Mar 12 William Perkin, inventor (1st artificial dye)
  • Mar 15 Alice Cunningham Fletcher, ethnologist (Stranger in Her Native Land)
  • Mar 15 Karl Davydov, Russian cellist (d. 1889)
  • Mar 18 Jan B Stobbaerts, Flemish painter
  • Mar 18 Randal Cremer, Britain, trade unionist, pacifist (Nobel 1903)
  • Mar 31 Leon Dierx, French poet
  • Apr 3 Leon Michel Gambetta, French attorney/premier (1881-82)
  • Apr 5 Alpheus Hyatt, US, invertebrate paleontologist
  • Apr 11 Joseph Leopold Rockel, composer
  • Apr 12 John Shaw Billings, US, librarian/army physician
  • Apr 16 Karel Bendl, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1897)
  • Apr 18 Paul Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran, French scientist (d. 1912)

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Apr 21 John Muir, Scottish naturalist/discoverer (glaciers in High Seirras), born in Dunbar

Environmental Philosopher John Muir
Environmental Philosopher
John Muir
  • Apr 21 Nat Thompson, cricketer (1st batsman dismissed in a Test match)
  • Apr 23 Alfred J Verwee, Flemish painter
  • Apr 28 Tobias M Carel Asser, Holland, advocate of world law (Nobel 1911)
  • May 6 Alfred Humphreys Pease, composer
  • May 10 James, 1st Viscount Bryce, historian/statesman

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May 10 John Wilkes Booth, American stage actor and assassin of US President Abraham Lincoln, born in Bel Air, Maryland (d. 1865)

  • May 11 Walter Goodman, British painter, illustrator and author (d. 1912)
  • May 20 Jules Méline, French statesman (d. 1925)
  • May 24 Paul Laband, German lawyer
  • May 28 Basil Wilson Duke, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1916)
  • May 31 Henry Sidgwick, English philosopher (Wife at University)
  • Jun 2 Grand Duchess Alexandra Petrovna (d. 1900)
  • Jun 4 Servaas Daems, [Peeter Klein], Flemish writer (Lute & Flute)
  • Jun 10 Meyer E van Beem, actor (Black Venus)
  • Jun 16 Cushman Davis, American politician (d. 1900)
  • Jun 17 Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyaya/Chatterjee, Bengali writer and poet (Vande Mataram)
  • Jun 23 Edwin Henry Stoughton, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1868)
  • Jun 24 Gustav von Schmoller, German economist (Lectern Socialism)
  • Jun 27 Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Bengali novelist (Anandamath)
  • Jun 27 Paul von Mauser, German weapon designer (d. 1914)
  • Jul 6 Vatroslav Jagic, Croatian scholar (d. 1923)

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Jul 8 Ferdinand von Zeppelin, German general and inventor (rigid dirigibles) who founded the Zeppelin airship company, born in Konstanz, Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany (d. 1917)

Inventor of the Zeppelin Ferdinand von Zeppelin
Inventor of the Zeppelin
Ferdinand von Zeppelin
  • Jul 11 John Wanamaker, merchant (Wanamakers Dept Store)
  • Jul 19 Joel Asaph Allen, US zoologist (Rule of Allen)
  • Jul 20 Augustin Daly, American playwright (d. 1899)
  • Jul 20 George Otto Trevelyan, British statesman and biographer (d. 1928)
  • Jul 23 Edouard [Judas] Colonne, composer/violinist
  • Jul 30 Eugen Richter, German parliament member (Liberal)
  • Aug 12 Joseph Barnby, conductor/academic principal
  • Sep 2 Liliuokalani, [Lydia Paki], last queen of Hawaii (1891-93)
  • Sep 6 Samuel Arnold, Lincoln conspirator (d. 1906)
  • Sep 11 John Ireland, Irish/US archbishop of St Paul
  • Sep 14 John Pelham, Major (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • Sep 16 James J Hill, Canada, RR entrepreneur (Great Northern Railroad)
  • Sep 18 Anton Mauve, painter/graphic artist/cousin of Vincent Van Gogh
  • Sep 23 Victoria Woodhull, in Ohio US, feminist/reformer - first woman to be nominated for US presidency
  • Sep 27 Antony E J Modderman, Dutch minister of Justice (1879-83)
  • Sep 29 Henry Hobson Richardson, St James LA, Romanesque revival architect
  • Oct 6 Giuseppe Cesare Abba, Italian patriot and writer (d. 1910)
  • Oct 8 John Milton Hay, politician (Union), (d. 1905)
  • Oct 22 Carl Fuchs, German composer and musician, born in Potsdam (d. 1922)

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Oct 25 Georges Bizet, French composer (Carmen), born in Paris (d. 1875)

Composer Georges Bizet
Composer
Georges Bizet
  • Oct 27 John Davis Long, 32nd Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1915)
  • Oct 31 King Louis of Portugal (d. 1889)
  • Nov 6 John Grant Mitchell, Bvt Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1894)
  • Nov 7 Auguste Villiers de l'Isle-Adam, French writer (d. 1889)
  • Nov 13 Joseph F Smith, 6th President of Mormon church
  • Nov 14 August Senoa, Croatian author (Zlatarevo zlato)
  • Nov 22 Jose Augusto da Ferreira Veiga, Viscount d' Arneiro, composer
  • Nov 29 Aeneas Mackay, Baron/Dutch minister of interior/Colonies
  • Dec 3 Cleveland Abbe, US, meteorologist (Father of Weather Bureau)
  • Dec 3 Octavia Hill, British reformer, leader of open-space movement
  • Dec 4 Melesio Morales, composer
  • Dec 11 Emil Rathenau, German industrialist (AEG)
  • Dec 11 Whitney Eugene Thayer, composer
  • Dec 12 Sherburne W Burnham, US, astronomer (binary stars)
  • Dec 13 Marie-Alexis Castillon de Saint-Victor, composer
  • Dec 17 Berthold Tours, composer
  • Dec 20 Edwin Abbott Abbott, English schoolmaster, theologian, and author (d. 1926)
  • Dec 31 Emile Loubet, premier/president of France (1892, 1899-1906)