Famous People Born in 1850

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  • Jan 5th Theodoor Verstraete, Flemish painter/etcher
  • Jan 6th Eduard "Ede" Bernstein, German marxist (New Era)
  • Jan 6th Franz Xaver Scharwenka, German pianist/composer (Mataswintha)
  • Jan 10th John Wellborn Root, American architect (d. 1891)
  • Jan 11th J C Arthur, Lowville NY, botanist (studied rusts)
  • Jan 11th Philipp la Renotiere von Ferrary, famous philatelist
  • Jan 13th Leon Francis Victor Caron, composer
  • Jan 14th Jean de Reszke, [Jan Mieczyslaw], Polish tenor
  • Jan 14th Pierre Loti, French writer (d. 1923)
  • Jan 15th Mihail Eminesco, [Eminovici], Romanian poet (Samanul Dionis)
  • Jan 15th Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician. (d. 1891)
  • Jan 17th Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, St Petersburg Russia, composer
  • Jan 18th Seth Low, American politician (d. 1916)

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Jan 27th Samuel Gompers, American labor union leader (American Federation of Labor), born in London, England

Founder of the American Federation of Labor Samuel Gompers
Founder of the American Federation of Labor
Samuel Gompers
  • Jan 27th Edward J. Smith, English captain of the Titanic (d. 1912)
  • Jan 29th Ebenezer Howard, pioneer of garden cities, born in London, England
  • Jan 29th Lawrence Hargrave, inventor (box kite)
  • Feb 2nd Carel V Gerritsen, Dutch free thinker
  • Feb 12th Amaat Vyncke, Flemish missionary (Flemish Flag)
  • Feb 16th Octave Mirbeau, France, writer (Journal of a Lady's Maid)
  • Feb 17th Anton Urspruch, composer
  • Feb 17th Ludwig Bonvin, composer
  • Feb 18th George Henschel, composer
  • Feb 20th Nérée Beauchemin, Canadian physician and poet (d. 1931)
  • Feb 22nd Isaac L Rice, Germany, (namesake of Columbia Univ's Rice stadium)
  • Feb 23rd César Ritz, Swiss hotelier (d. 1918)
  • Feb 27th Henry Edwards Huntington, US, railroad exec
  • Feb 28th Hermann Schell, German theologist/philosopher (Gott und Geist)
  • Mar 5th Daniel Brink Towner, composer
  • Mar 7th Tomés G Masaryk, Czechoslovakia, Father/Pres of Czech (1918-35)
  • Mar 7th Champ Clark, American politician (d. 1921)
  • Mar 9th Alexandre Luigini, composer
  • Mar 10th Mary Mills Patrick, US, 1st pres of Istanbul Woman's College
  • Mar 10th Spencer Gore, British tennis player and cricketer (d. 1906)
  • Mar 13th Emilio Serrano y Ruiz, composer
  • Mar 24th Silas Hocking, British novelist and preacher (d. 1935)
  • Mar 26th Edward Bellamy, author (Looking Backward)
  • Apr 8th William Henry Welch, US, pathologist (founded John Hopkins)
  • Apr 9th Herman Zumpe, composer
  • Apr 13th Arthur Matthew Weld Downing, British astronomer (d. 1917)
  • Apr 15th John Munroe Longyear, US, capitalist/bank president
  • Apr 16th Herbert Baxter Adams, US, historian (American Historical Association)
  • Apr 19th Edward John Gregory, painter/engraver
  • Apr 19th Theo Mann-Bouwmeester, Dutch actress (Pink Bernd, Hedda Gabler)
  • Apr 20th Daniel Chester, French/American sculptor (Minute Man)
  • Apr 27th Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German general (d. 1921)
  • May 1st Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (d. 1942)
  • May 8th Ross Barnes, baseball player (d. 1915)
  • May 10th Thomas Johnstone Lipton, yachtsman/tea magnate (Lipton Tea), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • May 12th Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. statesman (d. 1924)
  • May 16th Arthur Henry Mann, organist/composer
  • May 17th Antonio Scontrino, composer
  • May 18th Oliver Heaviside, physicist (predicted ionosphere), born in London, England
  • May 20th Eaton Faning, composer
  • May 21st Giuseppe Mercalli, Italian volcanologist (d. 1914)
  • May 22nd Johann Schrammel, composer
  • May 24th Ernest Albert Waterlow, water-color painter
  • May 26th Christine [Elizabeth C] Poolman, Dutch actress (Stupid force)
  • May 27th Thomas Neill Cream, serial killer (Lambeth poisoner), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1892)
  • Jun 5th Pat Garrett, American Western lawman (d. 1908)
  • Jun 6th Karl F Braun, Germany, co-developed wireless telegraphy (Nobel 1909)
  • Jun 18th Richard Heuberger, composer
  • Jun 19th David Jayne Hill, American diplomat (d. 1932)
  • Jun 24th Horatio Herbert Kitchener, County Kerry, Ireland, commander of the British forces during Anglo-Boer War
  • Jun 27th Ivan Vazov, Bulgaria, poet/novelist/playwright (Under the Yoke)
  • Jun 27th Jacob Adolf Hagg, composer
  • Jun 27th Lafcadio Hearn, US, journalist/author (Chita)
  • Jun 27th Jørgen Pedersen Gram, Danish mathematician (d. 1919)
  • Jun 29th Joseph Paul Skelly, composer
  • Jul 3rd Alfredo Kiel, composer
  • Jul 4th Ole Olsen, Norwegian composer and organist, born in Hammerfest, Finnmark (d. 1927)
  • Jul 11th Annie Armstrong, American missionary leader (d. 1938)
  • Jul 12th Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist (d. 1912)
  • Jul 15th Francesca Xavier Cabrini, [Mother Cabrini], 1st US saint
  • Jul 18th Rose Hartwick Thorpe, American poet (d. 1939)
  • Aug 3rd Paul A Daum, Dutch writer/founder/editor (Batavian Newspaper)
  • Aug 3rd Reginald Heber Roe, 2nd Headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School (d. 1926)
  • Aug 5th Anton Simon, composer
  • Aug 5th Guy de Maupassant, France, author (Boule de Suif)
  • Aug 14th Earnest YY [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, actor (Kloris & Roses)
  • Aug 26th Charles Richet, French physiologist (anaphylaxis-Nobel 1913)
  • Sep 2nd Albert Spaulding, baseball player/founded Spaulding sports company
  • Sep 2nd Eugene Field, author/journalist (Little Boy Blue)
  • Sep 2nd Woldemar Voigt, German physicist (d. 1919)
  • Sep 4th Luigi Cadorna, Italian fieldmarshal/earl (WW I-Caporetto)
  • Sep 6th Louis F H "Louis" Apol, painter/etcher/literary
  • Sep 9th Harishchandra, India, poet/dramatist/father of modern Hindi
  • Sep 9th Leopoldo Miguez, composer
  • Oct 4th John W McGraw, (Gov-R-Wash) (1893-97)
  • Oct 5th Sergey Muromtsev, Russian lawyer and politician, and President of the First Imperial Duma (d. 1910)
  • Oct 8th Henri Louis le Chatelier, French chemist (d. 1936)
  • Oct 18th Francis Thome, composer
  • Oct 19th Annie S Peck, mountain climber/explorer/diplomat
  • Nov 5th Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American author and poet (d. 1919)
  • Nov 8th Karel Komzák II, Viennese composer, born in Prague (d. 1905)
  • Nov 9th Lewis Lewin, Germany, toxicologist/father of psychopharmacologist
  • Nov 12th Mikhail Chigorin, Russian chess player (d. 1908)

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Nov 13th Robert Louis Stevenson, Edinburgh, Scotland, author (Treasure Island), (d. 1894)

  • Nov 20th Arthur Goring Thomas, English composer
  • Nov 26th Henricus Van de Wetering, archbishop of Utrecht (1895-1929)
  • Dec 1st Peter Erasmus Lange-Muller, composer
  • Dec 9th Emma Abbott, American soprano (d. 1891)
  • Dec 13th G F Grace, cricketer (brother of W G )
  • Dec 13th Iver Paul Fredrik Holter, composer
  • Dec 16th Fred Morley, cricketer (legendary Notts & England bowler 1880-83)
  • Dec 21st Zdenek Fibich, composer
  • Dec 29th Tomas Breton y Hernandez, composer
  • Dec 30th John Milne, British Geologist, Seismologist, and Anthropologist who developed the first modern seismograph, born in Liverpool, England