Famous People Born in 1838

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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