Famous People Born in 1847

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  • Jan 4th Hendrik Goeman Borgesius, Dutch politician
  • Jan 20th W R Pettiford, Founder (Alabama Penny Savings Bank)
  • Feb 2nd Jules Francois Blasini, Curacaos pianist/composer
  • Feb 7th Ernst Franck, German composer/conductor
  • Feb 8th Hugh Price Hughes, English social reformer (d. 1902)
  • Feb 10th A N Hornby, cricketer (pioneering England Test batsman)

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Feb 11th Thomas Edison, inventor who lit up your life (held 1200 patents), born in Milan Ohio (d. 1931)

Inventor Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison
  • Feb 14th Anna Howard Shaw, US, suffragette
  • Feb 14th Maria Pia of Italy, queen of Portugal (d. 1911)
  • Feb 15th Robert Fuchs, composer
  • Feb 16th Ludwig Philipp Scharwenka, German composer (Album polonaise)
  • Feb 25th John Watson, Canada, philosopher (Objective Idealism)
  • Feb 27th Ellen Alice Terry, Coventry Engl, actress/director (Imperial Theatre)

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Mar 3rd Alexander Graham Bell, inventor (telephone), born in Edinburgh, Scotland

  • Mar 4th Karl Bayer, Austrian chemist (d. 1904)
  • Mar 8th Karl von Bach, German engineer (Maschinenelemente)

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Mar 10th Kate Sheppard, New Zealand suffragette and the most prominent member of New Zealand's women's suffrage movement, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1934)

Suffragette Kate Sheppard
Kate Sheppard
  • Mar 14th Antonio de Castro Alves, Brazilian poet (Espumas Flutuantes)
  • Mar 19th Constantin Dimitrescu, composer
  • Mar 23rd Alexandru D Xenopol, Romania, historian
  • Mar 27th Otto Wallach, Germany, chemist (Nobel 1910)
  • Mar 31st Jarolslaw Zielinski, composer
  • Mar 31st Yegor Ivanovich Zolotarev, Russian mathematician (d. 1878)
  • Apr 1st Gavriil Musicescu, composer
  • Apr 1st Jules-Nicolas Crevaux, French explorer (South America)
  • Apr 7th J. P. [Jens Peter] Jacobsen, Danish writer (Niels Lyhne), born in Thisted, Jutland (d. 1885)
  • Apr 9th Francesco Paolo Tosti, composer
  • Apr 9th Francis William Davenport, composer
  • Apr 10th Charles Swinnerton Heap, composer
  • Apr 10th Joseph Pulitzer, Hungary, publisher (St Louis Post-Dispatch, NY World)
  • Apr 13th Cornelis Pijnacker Hordijk, gov-gen (Neth East-Indies)
  • Apr 16th Hans Auer, Swiss architect, (d. 1906)
  • May 7th Archibald Primrose, Earl of Rosebery (Lib), British PM (1894-95)
  • May 10th Wilhelm Killing, German mathematician (d. 1923)
  • May 13th Johannes Haarklou, composer
  • May 25th Alphonse Goovaerts, composer
  • May 25th John Alexander Dowie, [Elijah the Restorer], US, evangelist
  • May 30th Alice Sophia Stopford Green, Ireland, proponent of Irish independence
  • Jun 6th Gerben Postma, [Ids], Frisian writer (Swealtsjeblommen)
  • Jun 8th Ida Sazton McKinley, 1st lady (1897-1901)
  • Jun 11th Millicent Garrett Fawcett, leader (English women's movement)
  • Jun 24th Gervais Bernard Gaston Salvayre, composer
  • Jun 28th Sveinbjorn Sveinbjornsson, composer
  • Jun 30th Jacob T Cremer, min of Colonies/pres (Dutch Trading Comp)
  • Jul 2nd Marcel Bertrand, French mine engineer (tectonic geology)
  • Jul 4th James Anthony Bailey, circus impresario (Barnum & Bailey), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • Jul 5th Agnes Marie Jacobina Zimmermann, composer
  • Jul 20th Max Liebermann, German impressionist painter
  • Jul 31st Ignatio Cervantes, composer
  • Aug 1st Guido Papini, violinist/composer
  • Aug 3rd Jan de Louter, lawyer/tutor of Dutch Queen Wilhelmina
  • Aug 9th Maria Victoria al Pozzo della Cisterna, queen consort of Spain (d. 1876)
  • Aug 14th Robert Comtesse, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1922)
  • Aug 20th Bolesław Prus, Polish writer (d. 1912)
  • Aug 20th Andrew Greenwood, England cricketer (d. 1889)
  • Aug 21st Arthur T Verhaegen, Belgian worker's union leader
  • Aug 22nd Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, composer
  • Aug 23rd Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer (d. 1927)
  • Aug 27th Gustave J Waffelaert, Flemish theologist/bishop of Bridge
  • Sep 2nd Roger Wolcott, 39th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1900)

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Sep 5th Jesse James, American outlaw, son of a clergyman, born in Kearney, Missouri (d. 1882)

Outlaw Jesse James
Jesse James
  • Sep 13th Charles Dupee Blake, composer
  • Sep 14th William Edward Ayrton, English Physicist and Inventor, born in London, England
  • Sep 16th Albert Ross Parsons, composer
  • Sep 20th Sergei G Netsjajev, Russian nihilist (Catechism Revolutionary)
  • Sep 30th Wilhelmina E Drucker, [Lensing], Dutch feminist
  • Oct 1st Annie Besant, [Wood], England, philosopher (Esoteric christianity)
  • Oct 2nd Paul von Hindenburg, German WW1 general and President of Germany (1925-34), born in Posen, Duchy of Posen, Prussia (d. 1934)
  • Oct 6th Adolf von Hildebrand, German sculptor
  • Oct 9th Andre Dumont, Belgian mine engineer (Limburg's coal basin)
  • Oct 9th Stephanus J du Toit, South Africa theologist/journalist (Afr Bond)
  • Oct 10th Gheorghe Dima, composer
  • Oct 21st Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian songwriter (libretti opera Puccini)
  • Oct 22nd Jacobus Herculas [Uncle Koos] de la Rey, South African politician
  • Oct 31st Galileo Ferraris, Italian physicist (2-fasenmotor)
  • Nov 1st Emma Albani, Canadian soprano (d. 1930)
  • Nov 2nd George Sorel, French Socialist thinker/author (violent revolutions)

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Nov 8th Bram Stoker, Irish theater manager/author (Dracula)

Novelist Bram Stoker
Bram Stoker
  • Nov 8th Jean Casimir-Perier, French politician (d. 1907)
  • Nov 16th Edmund James Flynn, Canadian politician (d. 1927)
  • Nov 26th Maria Fyodorovna, Princess of Denmark and Empress of Russia (d. 1928)
  • Nov 30th August Friedrich Martin Klughardt, composer
  • Dec 1st Agathe Grondahl, composer
  • Dec 7th James Deacon White, Canton NY, ball player jumped teams in 1876 (Chi)
  • Dec 7th Solomon Schechter, US Talmudic scholar/Jewish leader
  • Dec 9th George Grossmith, English actor/writer (d. 1912)
  • Dec 16th Augusta Mary Anne Holmes, composer
  • Dec 17th Émile Faguet, French writer and critic (d. 1916)
  • Dec 30th John Peter Altgeld, German/US (Gov-Ill)/pardoned Haymarket-anarchists