Birthdays in History in August 1811

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)