Famous People Born in 1840

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

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

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

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May 7 Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, Russian composer of the late-Romantic period (1812 Overture, Swan Lake), born in Votkinsk, Russia (d. 1893)

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

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Sep 27 Thomas Nast, German political cartoonist of late 1800s America, born in Landau, Germany (d. 1902)

Political Cartoonist Thomas Nast
Political Cartoonist
Thomas Nast
  • Sep 28 Alexander Swift "Sandie" Pendleton, Lt-Col (Confederate Army)
  • Sep 28 Rudolf Baumbach, Thuringia [Germany], writer of student drinking songs
  • Sep 30 Johan Severin Svendsen, composer
  • Oct 4 Charles Ferdinand Lenepveu, composer
  • Oct 5 Fran Gerbič, Slovenian composer and tenor, born in Cerknica (d. 1917)
  • Oct 5 John Addington Symonds, British historian/writer (Probs in Greek Ethics)
  • Oct 9 Simeon Solomon, British artist (d. 1905)
  • Oct 12 Helena Modjeska, Poland, Shakespearian actress (Juliet)/anti-Russian
  • Oct 15 Honoré Mercier, politician and premier of Quebec (d. 1894)
  • Oct 16 Kuroda Kiyotaka, Prime Minister of Japan (d. 1900)
  • Oct 30 Carlotta Patti, Italian soprano
  • Oct 30 William G Sumner, US sociologist/political analyst
  • Nov 9 Joseph-Adolphe Chapleau, French Canadian lawyer (d. 1898)

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Nov 12 Auguste Rodin, French sculptor (Kiss, Thinker), born in Paris, France (d. 1917)

Sculptor Auguste Rodin
Sculptor
Auguste Rodin

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Nov 14 Claude Monet, impressionist (Water Lilies), born in Paris, France (d. 1926)

Impressionist Painter Claude Monet
Impressionist Painter
Claude Monet
  • Nov 15 Aleksei N Apuchtin, Russian poet/friend of Tsjaikovski [NS=11/27]
  • Nov 16 Frederick Scotson Clark, composer
  • Nov 19 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 21 Victoria, Empress of Germany/Queen of Prussia
  • Nov 25 Hugo Verriest, Flemish author/poet (Flemish Movement)
  • Nov 27 Aleksei N Apuchtin, Russian poet/friend of Tsjaikovski [OS=11/15]
  • Nov 30 Henry Birks, Canadian businessman (d. 1928)

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Dec 4 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 7 Hermann Goetz, German composer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1876)
  • Dec 11 Kemal Bey, Turkey, poet/author (Fatherland-1872)
  • Dec 17 Christian Frederik Emil Horneman, composer
  • Dec 21 Mehmed N Kemal, Turkish journalist (Vatan)