Famous People Born in 1840

  • Jan 3rd Father Joseph Damien de Veuster, Belgium, helped lepers in Hawaii
  • Jan 5th John Doby Kennedy, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1896)
  • Jan 10th Louis Nazaire Bégin, French Canadian archbishop and cardinal (d. 1925)
  • Jan 18th Austin Dobson, England, poet/critic/biographer
  • Jan 18th Ernst Rudorff, composer
  • Jan 21st Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake, Hastings, English Physician and feminist who was one of the first female medical students at a British university
  • Jan 22nd Ernest Roland Wilberforce, English bishop (d. 1907)
  • Jan 23rd Ernst Abbe, Germany, physicist (Carl Zeiss Optics Company)
  • Feb 2nd Louis Bourgault-Ducoudray, composer
  • Feb 5th Hiram Stevens Maxim, inventor (automatic single-barrel rifle)
  • Feb 5th John Boyd Dunlop, Scotland, developer (pneumatic rubber tire)
  • Feb 11th Sanuel Dana Greene, Lt Cmdr (Union Navy), (d. 1884)
  • Feb 13th Georg Jacobi, composer
  • Feb 22nd F August Bebel, German social-democrat
  • Feb 23rd Carl Menger, Austrian economist
  • Feb 25th Alexis Hollander, composer
  • Feb 25th Otto Liebmann, German philosopher (Climax of Theories)
  • Feb 28th Henri Duveyrier, French explorer (d. 1892)

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Feb 29th John Philip Holland, Liscannor Ireland, father of the modern submarine

  • Mar 5th Constance Fenimore Woolson, NH, writer (Jupiter Lights)
  • Mar 8th Franco Faccio, Italian composer/conductor
  • Mar 11th Edmund Kirby Jr, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1863)
  • Mar 16th Shibusawa Eiichi, Japanese industrialist (d. 1931)
  • Mar 18th William Cosmo Monkhouse, English poet and critic (d. 1901)
  • Mar 20th Illarion Pryanishnikov, Russian painter (d. 1894)
  • Mar 25th Myles Keogh, U.S. Soldier in U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment & Irish Soldier of Fortune (d. 1876)
  • Mar 26th Carli Zoeller, composer
  • Mar 26th George Smith, Archaeologist and assyriologist (cuneiform (script)), born in London, England
  • Mar 28th Mehemed Emin Pasja, German explorer/governor (Equatoria)
  • Mar 31st John Herbert Kelly, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • Mar 31st Benjamin Baker, Frome Somerset, English Engineer who designed the bridge over the Firth of Forth, Scotland and the London underground
  • Apr 2nd Émile Zola, French novelist and critic (d. 1902)
  • Apr 11th John Conrad Nordqvist, composer
  • Apr 12th Edmond Audran, composer
  • Apr 19th Andrea Bezzola, writer
  • Apr 21st Franz Xaver Haberl, German priest/musicologist (Magister choralis)
  • Apr 22nd Odilon Redon, French painter (d. 1916)
  • Apr 25th James Dearing, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1865)
  • Apr 27th Edward Whymper, 1st to climb Matterhorn (1865)

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May 7th Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Votkinsk, Russia, composer (1812 Overture, Swan Lake), (d. 1893) [NS]

  • May 10th Hadzhi Dimitar, Bulgarian revolutionist (d. 1868)
  • May 11th Filippo Capocci, composer
  • May 13th L-M Alphonse Daudet, French writer (Tartarin of Tarascon)
  • May 24th Frederick Walker, painter
  • May 29th Hans Makart, Austrian painter (Plague in Florenz)
  • Jun 2nd Thomas Hardy, poet and novelist (Far from the Madding Crowd), born in Higher Bockhampton, Dorset (d. 1928)
  • Jun 3rd Eugeen van Oye, Flemish writer/poet (Morning Twilight)
  • Jun 6th John Stainer, composer
  • Jun 6th William Francis Bartlett, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • Jun 7th Carlota of Mexico, Brussels, Belgium, princess of Belgium and empress consort of Mexico (1864-67)
  • Jun 10th Thomas Fentress Toon, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1902)
  • Jun 10th Theodor Philipsen Danish painter (d. 1920)
  • Jun 11th Henri Braekeleer, Flemish painter/etser
  • Jun 16th Ernst Otto Schlick, German engineer (d. 1913)
  • Jun 22nd Ernest Debes, German cartographer (Baedeker)
  • Jun 24th Louis Brassin, composer
  • Jul 1st Robert S Ball, Irish mathematician/astronomer
  • Jul 4th James McGranahan, composer
  • Jul 12th Abraham Goldfaden, Eastern European Yiddish dramatist
  • Jul 25th Flora Adams Darling, founded Daughters of American Revolution
  • Jul 27th Ranald Slidell Mackenzie, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • Aug 1st Aldine Sillman Kieffer, composer
  • Aug 14th Baron Richard Freiherr von Krafft-Ebing, psychiatrist
  • Aug 17th Wilfrid Scawen Blunt, England, writer (Irish Land League)
  • Aug 28th Ira D Sankey, US evangelist/composer/singer (Gospel hymns)
  • Aug 28th Alexander Cameron Sim, Scottish merchant (d. 1900)
  • Sep 2nd Giovanni Verga, Italian writer (Eros)
  • Sep 3rd Jacob Fabricius, composer
  • Sep 9th Gentil T Antheunis, Flemish poet/music/composer
  • Sep 14th George Elbridge Whiting, composer
  • Sep 21st Murad V, sultan of Turkey (1876)
  • Sep 26th Louis-Olivier Taillon, French Canadian politician (d. 1923)
  • Sep 27th Alfred Thayer Mahan, US, naval officer (Influence of Sea Power)

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Sep 27th Thomas Nast, Landau Germany, political cartoonist of late 1800s America

Political Cartoonist Thomas Nast
Political Cartoonist
Thomas Nast
  • Sep 28th Alexander Swift "Sandie" Pendleton, Lt-Col (Confederate Army)
  • Sep 28th Rudolf Baumbach, Thuringia [Germany], writer of student drinking songs
  • Sep 30th Johan Severin Svendsen, composer
  • Oct 4th Charles Ferdinand Lenepveu, composer
  • Oct 5th Fran Gerbic, composer
  • Oct 5th John Addington Symonds, Brit historian/writer (Probs in Greek Ethics)
  • Oct 9th Simeon Solomon, British artist (d. 1905)
  • Oct 12th Helena Modjeska, Poland, Shakespearian actress (Juliet)/anti-Russian
  • Oct 15th Honoré Mercier, politician and premier of Quebec (d. 1894)
  • Oct 16th Kuroda Kiyotaka, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1900)
  • Oct 30th Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano
  • Oct 30th William G Sumner, US sociologist/political analyst
  • Nov 9th Joseph-Adolphe Chapleau, French Canadian lawyer (d. 1898)

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Nov 12th Auguste Rodin, Meudon, France, sculptor (Kiss, Thinker), (d. 1917)

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Auguste Rodin

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Nov 14th Claude Monet, Paris, impressionist (Water Lilies), (d. 1926)

Impressionist Painter Claude Monet
Impressionist Painter
Claude Monet
  • Nov 15th Aleksei N Apuchtin, Russian poet/friend of Tsjaikovski [NS=11/27]
  • Nov 16th Frederick Scotson Clark, composer
  • Nov 19th Aleksandr Kovalevsky, Shustyanka near Dvinsk, Russian Biologist who founded comparative embryology and experimental histology and who identified a common pattern of embryological development in all multi-cellular animals
  • Nov 21st Victoria, Empress of Germany/Queen of Prussia
  • Nov 25th Hugo Verriest, Flemish author/poet (Flemish Movement)
  • Nov 27th Aleksei N Apuchtin, Russian poet/friend of Tsjaikovski [OS=11/15]
  • Nov 30th Henry Birks, Canadian businessman (d. 1928)

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Dec 4th Crazy Horse [Tashunka Witko], Fort Robinson Nebraska, Oglala Sioux chief (Battle of the Little Bighorn)

Native American War Leader Crazy Horse
Native American War Leader
Crazy Horse
  • Dec 7th Hermann Goetz, German composer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1876)
  • Dec 11th Kemal Bey, Turkey, poet/author (Fatherland-1872)
  • Dec 17th Christian Frederik Emil Horneman, composer
  • Dec 21st Mehmed N Kemal, Turkish journalist (Vatan)