What Happened in August 1811

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Aug 3 Elisha Otis, American founder of the Otis Elevator Company and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails, born in Halifax, Vermont (d. 1861)

Inventor and Elevator Industrialist Elisha Otis
Inventor and Elevator Industrialist
Elisha Otis
  • Aug 5 Ambroise Thomas, French opera composer (d. 1896)
  • Aug 6 Judah Philip Benjamin, Secy War/Secy State (Confederacy) [or Aug 11]
  • Aug 11 Judah P Benjamin, US lawyer/minister of Confederacy navy [or Aug 6]
  • Aug 17 Johannes H Scholten, Dutch theologist (Free Will)
  • Aug 20 Gilman Marston, American Brigadier General (Union volunteers) and politician (R-NH), born in Orford, New Hampshire (d. 1890)
  • Aug 22 William Kelly, American inventor (d. 1888)
  • Aug 25 Joseph Dana Webster, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • Aug 26 Danville Leadbetter, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1866)
  • Aug 29 Henry Bergh, 1st president of SPCA
  • Aug 30 Thomas Gautier, writer
  • Aug 31 Goode Bryan, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1885)
  • Aug 31 Theophile Gautier, Tarbas France, writer/poet (Albertus)

Famous Weddings

  • Aug 28 English Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (19) elopes to Scotland with 1st wife Harriet Westbrook (16)

Famous Deaths

  • Aug 2 William Williams, US merchant/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 80
  • Aug 3 Sebastiaan C Nederburgh, Dutch dir-gen of East Indies Co, dies at 49
  • Aug 12 John FE Acton, cruel premier of Naples, dies at 77
  • Aug 18 Johann Heinrich Zang, composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 20 Louis Antoine de Bougainville, French explorer (b. 1729)