Famous People Born in 1839

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  • Jan 4th Carl Humann, German engineer (d. 1896)
  • Jan 9th John Knowles Paine, Portland Maine, composer
  • Jan 11th Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rico, patriot/scholar
  • Jan 14th Emil Bohn, composer (d. 1909)
  • Jan 19th Bohumil Pazdirek, composer

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Jan 19th Paul Cézanne, Aix-en-Provence Provence, French painter (d. 1906)

French Painter Paul Cézanne
French Painter
Paul Cézanne
  • Jan 25th Seldon Connor, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1917)
  • Feb 1st James A Herne, [J Aherne], US playwright (Hearts of Oak)
  • Feb 7th Nicolaas G Pierson, Dutch banker/Suriname premier (1897-1901)
  • Feb 9th Silas Adams, American lawyer and politician (d. 1896)
  • Feb 11th Josiah Willard Gibbs, theoretical physicist/chemist
  • Feb 20th Benjamin Waugh, American minister; founder of the NSPCC (d. 1908)
  • Feb 22nd Francis Pharcellus Church, American editor and publisher (d. 1906)
  • Mar 3rd Jamsetji Tata, Indian industrialist (d. 1904)
  • Mar 8th James Mason Crafts, US chemist (Friedel-Crafts-synthesis)
  • Mar 9th Felix Huston Robertson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1928)
  • Mar 9th Phoebe Knapp, American hymn writer (d. 1908)
  • Mar 10th Dudley Buck, organist/church composer, born in Hartford, Connecticut
  • Mar 16th René F Armand Sully-Prudhomme, France, poet, 1st Nobel winner (1901)
  • Mar 17th Josef Rheinberger, Vaduz Liechtenstein, opera composer (Munich Conser)
  • Mar 18th Francis Fessenden, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1906)
  • Mar 21st Modest Petrovich Mussorgsky, Karevo, Russian composer (Boris Gudunov, Night on Bald Mt) [NS]
  • Mar 25th William Bell Wait, US, educated the blind
  • Mar 27th John Ballance, Glenavy, Ulster, Ireland, 14th Premier of New Zealand and the founder of the Liberal Party
  • Mar 31st Nikolay Przhevalsky, naturalist, explorer of east central Asia (OS)
  • Apr 5th Robert Smalls, Beaufort SC, African American congressman 1875-87 (Rep-SC)
  • Apr 5th Stanislaw Pilinski, composer
  • Apr 12th Victorin de Joncieres, composer
  • Apr 18th Frantz Jehin-Prume, composer
  • Apr 18th Henry Clarence Kendall, New South Wales Australia, poet (Bell Birds)
  • Apr 20th Carol I, King of Romania (1881-1914)
  • Apr 22nd August W Eichler, German botanist
  • Apr 26th Cyrus Hamblin, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1867)
  • May 1st Chardonnet, inventor (rayon)
  • May 8th Francis W Warre-Cornish, English vice-provost of Eton/writer
  • May 8th Adolphe-Basile Routhier, French Canadian lyricist (O Canada) (d. 1920)
  • May 19th Alice Mary Smith, composer
  • May 25th John Eliot, English meteorologist
  • May 27th Luigi Capuana, Sicilian author/critic (Roccaverdina)
  • May 29th Ned Gregory, cricketer (bro of Dave, father of Syd Played 1st Test)
  • Jun 3rd Paul Lindau, German playwright/critic (Der Herr im Hause)
  • Jun 10th Ludvig Holstein-Ledreborg, Council President of Denmark (d. 1912)
  • Jun 17th Fr. Arthur Tooth SSC, Anglican Clergyman prosecuted for ritualist activities (d. 1931)
  • Jun 18th William Henry Seward Jr, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1920)
  • Jun 21st Joaquim M Machado de Assic, Brazil, writer (Epitaph of a small winner)
  • Jun 21st Johannes P R Tak, Dutch liberal politician
  • Jun 21st John Decatur Barry, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1867)
  • Jun 21st Machado de Assis, writer
  • Jun 24th Gustavus Franklin Swift, founded Swift & Co

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Jul 8th John D. Rockefeller, Richford New York, US capitalist/founder (Standard Oil), (d. 1937)

Oil Industrialist John D. Rockefeller
Oil Industrialist
John D. Rockefeller
  • Jul 9th Carl Baermann, composer
  • Jul 10th Adolphus Busch, German-born brewer (d. 1913)
  • Jul 14th Edward Sydney Smith, composer
  • Jul 16th Philipus J Hoedemaker, Dutch theologist
  • Jul 17th Friedrich Gernsheim, composer
  • Jul 17th Ephraim Shay, American inventor (d. 1916)
  • Jul 25th Francis Garnier, French explorer (d. 1873)
  • Aug 4th Walter Pater, writer (Plato & Platoism), born in London, England
  • Aug 8th Nelson Appleton Miles, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1925)
  • Aug 10th Aleksandr Grigorievich Stoletov, Russian physicist (d. 1896)
  • Aug 15th Hugh Archibald Clarke, composer
  • Aug 17th Hubert Platt Main, composer
  • Aug 17th Thijs [Matthijs] Maris, Dutch painter/etcher
  • Aug 19th Oskar Brefeld, German botanist
  • Aug 24th Eduard Napravnik, composer
  • Aug 27th Emory Upton, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1881)
  • Aug 30th Gulstan Ropert, French Catholic prelate (d. 1903)
  • Sep 2nd Henry George, land reformer/writer (Progress & Poverty)
  • Sep 10th Isaac Kauffman Funk, US, publisher (Funk & Wagnalls)
  • Sep 10th Charles Peirce, American philosopher (d. 1914)
  • Sep 25th Karl A von Zittel, German geologist/paleontologist (Libya)
  • Sep 25th [Wilhel]Mina JPR Kruseman, writer/feminist
  • Sep 28th Frances E C Willard, NY, founder (Woman's Christian Temperance Union)
  • Oct 2nd Hans Thoma, German painter, born in Bernau, Black Forest (d. 1924)
  • Oct 21st Georg von Siemens, founder (Deutsche Bank)
  • Oct 30th Alfred Sisley, French impressionist painter
  • Nov 7th Henry Holmes, composer
  • Nov 16th Louis-Honoré Fréchette, French Canadian poet (d. 1908)
  • Nov 18th August A Kundt, German physicist (sound vibration, test of Kundt)
  • Nov 20th Christian Wilberg, German painter (d. 1882)
  • Nov 25th Stanislaw Duniecki, composer
  • Nov 29th Ludwig Anzengruber, Austrian playwright (Der Schandfleck)

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Dec 5th George Armstrong Custer, New Rumley, Ohio, Mjr General (Union volunteers), (d. 1876)

  • Dec 7th Redvers H Buller, English general/large landowner: Natal