Birthdays in History in 1811

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  • Jan 5 Cyrus Hamlin, educator/missionary (est Robert College, Turkey)
  • Jan 6 Charles Sumner, leading Reconstruction senator, (d. 1874)
  • Jan 9 Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer (d. 1856)
  • Feb 3 Horace Greeley, editor ("Go west, young man")
  • Feb 6 Henry George Liddell, father of the Alice in Alice in Wonderland (d. 1898)
  • Feb 8 Edwin Denison Morgan, Sect of War (Confederacy), (d. 1883)
  • Feb 15 Domingo F Sarmiento, President of Argentina (1868-74)
  • Feb 24 Daniel A Payne, Bishop/reformer/educator of AME Church
  • Feb 24 Edward Dickinson Baker, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1861)
  • Mar 1 Robert Christie Buchanan, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1878)
  • Mar 3 Vissarion Belinsky, Sveaborg Finland, Russian author (Literary Review)
  • Mar 11 Marsena Rudolph Patrick, Bvt Major General (Union volunteers)
  • Mar 11 Urbain Jean Joseph le Verrier, co-discoverer (Neptune)
  • Mar 15 Robert Allen, Bvt Major General (Union Army), (d. 1886)
  • Mar 20 George Caleb Bingham, US, politician/painter (Country Election)
  • Mar 20 Napoleon FKJ Bonaparte II, Napoleon's son/King of Rome
  • Mar 21 Nathaniel Woodard, English educationalist (d. 1891)
  • Mar 31 Robert Wilhelm Eberhard von Bunsen, Germany, chemist (Bunsen Burner)
  • Apr 21 Alson Sherman, American politician (d. 1903)
  • May 11 Chang & Eng Bunker, Chinese-Thai Siamese twins, born in Samutsongkram, Thailand (d. 1874)
  • May 11 Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1893)
  • May 24 Charles Clark, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1877)
  • Jun 7 James Young Simpson, Scotland, obsterician (used chloroform)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 14 Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author (Uncle Tom's Cabin), born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1896)

Abolitionist and Author Harriet Beecher Stowe
Abolitionist and Author
Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Jun 17 Jón Sigurðsson, Icelandic independence fighter and Icelandic historian (d. 1879)
  • Jun 19 Henry Prince, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1892)
  • Jun 21 Carlo Matteucci, Italian physicist (d. 1868)
  • Jun 24 John Archibald Campbell, Asst Secy War (Confederacy), (d. 1889)
  • Jul 11 Joseph Lanman, Comm (Union Navy), (d. 1874)
  • Jul 11 William Robert Grove, Swansea, Welsh Physicist and inventor of the first fuel cell
  • Jul 18 William Makepeace Thackeray, England, Victorian novelist (Vanity Fair)
  • Jul 20 James Bruce, earl of Elgin & Kincardine, governor (Jamaica)

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 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)
  • Sep 3 John Humphrey Noyes, Vt, found Oneida Community (Perfectionists)
  • Sep 6 James Melville Gilliss, founder (Naval Observatory in Washington)
  • Sep 6 Johanna D Courtmans-Berchmans, Flemish author (Rozeken Pot)
  • Sep 7 William Hamsley Emory, Major General (Union volunteers), (d. 1887)
  • Sep 12 James Hall, US geologist (Natural history of NY)
  • Sep 15 Willem J van Zeggelen, Dutch author
  • Sep 19 Orson Pratt, American religious leader (d. 1881)
  • Sep 28 Friedrich Hecker, Baden, German revolutionary republican politician
  • Sep 30 Augusta of Saxe-Weimar, Queen of Prussia and German Empress (d. 1890)
  • Oct 17 Albertus C van Raalte, Dutch/US vicar (owned land in Mich)
  • Oct 18 Hugh Thompson Reid, Brigadier General (Union volunteers), (d. 1874)
  • Oct 25 Évariste Galois, French mathematician (d. 1832)
  • Oct 27 Stevens Thomson Mason, first Governor of Michigan (d. 1843)
  • Nov 7 Karel J Erben, Czech poet (Bouquet)
  • Nov 11 Ben McCulloch, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • Nov 19 John Ancrum Winslow, Comm (Union Navy), (d. 1873)
  • Nov 21 Zeng Guofan, Chinese military (d. 1872)
  • Nov 24 Ditler G Monrad, Danish theologist/bishop/premier (1863- )
  • Nov 24 Ulrich Ochsenbein, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1890)
  • Nov 28 Maximilian II Jozef, king of Bayern (1848-64)
  • Nov 29 Wendell Phillips, women's suffrage/antislavery/prison reformer
  • Dec 2 Jean-Charles Chapais, French Canadian politician, Father of the Canadian Confederation (d. 1885)
  • Dec 18 Alexander Sandor Asboth, Bvt Mjr Gen (Union volunteers), (d. 1868)
  • Dec 25 Wilhelm E Freiherr von Ketteler, German politician/bishop of Mainz