Famous People Born in 1839

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

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

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

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Jul 8 John D. Rockefeller, American industrialist and founder of Standard Oil, born in Richford, New York (d. 1937)

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

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

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