Birthdays in History in August 1785

  • Aug 15 Thomas De Quincey, English writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater), born in Manchester (d. 1859)
  • Aug 19 Seth Thomas, American pioneer in mass production of clocks
  • Aug 20 Oliver Hazard Perry, American Naval hero (Battle of Lake Erie), born in South Kingstown, Rhode Island (d. 1819)