Birthdays in History in 1820

  • Jan 17 Anne Brontë, English novelist/poet (Tenant of Wildfell Hall), born in Thornton, West Yorkshire (d. 1849)
  • Jan 18 Abraham Buford, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1884)
  • Jan 19 John Haskell King, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Sackets Harbor, New York (d. 1888)
  • Jan 20 Anne Jemima Clough, England, promoted higher education for women
  • Jan 22 Hermann von Lingg, German playwright/poet
  • Jan 22 Johan Hendrik Koelman, portrait painter (Jahresringe)
  • Jan 22 Joseph Wolf, German artist (d. 1899)
  • Jan 24 John Milton Thayer, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Bellingham, Massachusetts (d. 1906)
  • Jan 31 William B. Washburn, 28th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • Feb 1 George Hendric Houghton, American Protestant Episcopal clergyman (d. 1897)
  • Feb 2 Hans E Schack, Danish politician/writer (Phantasterne)
  • Feb 3 Elisha Kent Kane, US Arctic explorer (Kane Basin off NW Greenland)

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Feb 8 William Tecumseh Sherman, American Major General in the Union Army, born in Lancaster, Ohio (d. 1891)

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Feb 15 Susan B. Anthony, American social reformer and women's suffrage movement leader, born in Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1906)

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
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Susan B. Anthony
  • Feb 17 Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau, Catholic cardinal (d. 1898)
  • Feb 20 Mahlon Dickerson Manson, American druggist politician and General (Union Army), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1895)
  • Feb 28 John Tenniel, England, cartoonist/illustrator (Alice in Wonderland)
  • Mar 1 George Davis, Atty Gen (Confederacy), (d. 1896)
  • Mar 2 Multatuli [Eduard Douwes Dekker], Dutch writer (Max Havelaar), born in Amsterdam (d. 1887)
  • Mar 4 Francesco Bentivegna, Italian revolutionary (d. 1856)
  • Mar 6 Horatio Gouverneur Wright, American Major General (Union Army), born in Clinton, Connecticut (d. 1899)
  • Mar 9 Samuel Blatchford, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1893)
  • Mar 13 Louis Herbert, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1901)

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Mar 14 Victor Emmanuel II, King of Sardinia (1849-61) and Italy (1861-78), born in Torino, Italy (d. 1878)

King of Sardinia and Italy Victor Emmanuel II
King of Sardinia and Italy
Victor Emmanuel II
  • Mar 17 Patrick Edward Connor, Irish-American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in County Kerry, Republic of Ireland (d. 1891)
  • Mar 17 Jean Ingelow, English poet (d. 1897)
  • Mar 20 Alexander J Cuza, monarch of Moldavia/Wallachia/Romania
  • Mar 24 Edmond Becquerel, French physicist who studied the solar spectrum, magnetism, electricity and optics (photovoltaic effect), born in Paris, France (d. 1891)
  • Mar 24 Fanny Crosby, American hymnist (d. 1915)
  • Mar 25 Xavier F M G, Earl of Merode, Belgian minister to Pope (in Rome)
  • Mar 30 Anna Sewell, English author (Black Beauty), born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk (d. 1878)
  • Apr 4 Charles Devens Jr, American lawyer, jurist, statesman and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • Apr 5 Nadar, [Félix Tournachon], French painter/cartoonist/author/ballonist
  • Apr 14 Harry Thompson Hays, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1876)
  • Apr 15 Evander McNair, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1902)
  • Apr 16 Georg Curtius, German classical linguist
  • Apr 26 Alice Cary, American poet (Cincinnati Sentinel), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Apr 27 Herbert Spencer, Derby England, Victorian philosopher (Social Statics)
  • May 4 Joseph Whitaker, British publisher, founded Whitaker's Almanack
  • May 4 Julia Gardiner Tyler, 2nd wife of President John Tyler (1841-45)

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May 12 Florence Nightingale, British nurse (Crimean War), born in Florence, Italy (d. 1910)

  • May 23 James Buchanan Eads, American engineer/inventor (Eads Bridge-St Louis)
  • May 23 Lorenzo Sawyer, 9th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California (d. 1891)
  • May 27 Mathilde Bonaparte, French princess and socialite (d. 1904)
  • May 28 Willem Doorenbos, [Keerom], literary/critic
  • May 30 Pierre-Joseph-Olivier Chauveau, French Canadian politician (d. 1890)
  • Jun 13 WF Hendrik, the Navigator, prince of the Netherlands/admiral
  • Jun 14 John Bartlett, American editor (compiled Familiar Quotations)
  • Jun 16 Athanase Coquerel, French Protestant preacher (d. 1875)
  • Jun 24 Henry Rootes Jackson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1898)
  • Jul 2 George Law Curry, Newspaper publisher and Governor of Oregon (d. 1878)

  • Jul 5 William John Macquorn Rankine, Scottish engineer and physicist (d. 1872)
  • Jul 10 Andrew Porter, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (d. 1872)
  • Jul 22 Louis Powell Harvey, Governor (Union), (d. 1862)
  • Jul 26 John Marshall Jones, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1864)
  • Jul 27 John Franklin Farnsworth, American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Eaton, Canada (d. 1897)
  • Jul 29 Clement Laird Vallandigham, MC (Union), (d. 1871)
  • Aug 2 John Tyndall, Leighlinbridge, County Carlow Ireland, Irish physicist who demonstrated why the sky is blue and proved that the Earth's atmosphere has a greenhouse effect
  • Aug 3 William Miller, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1909)
  • Aug 8 Winfield Scott "Old Swet" Featherston, Army Brigadier General (Confederate)
  • Aug 12 Oliver Mowat, a founder of the Canadian Confederation
  • Aug 13 George Grove, biblical scholar/misicographer, born in London, England
  • Aug 13 Joseph Alberdingk Thijm, [Pauwels Foreestier], poet (Dietsche Warande)
  • Aug 16 Andrew Rainsford Wetmore, Canadian politician, born in Fredericton, Canada (d. 1892)
  • Aug 26 James Harlan, (Rep-Iowa)/US Secretary of Interior (1865-66)
  • Sep 3 George Hearst, American businessman and father of William Randolph Hearst (d. 1891)
  • Sep 17 Earle Van Dorn, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • Sep 17 Émile Augier, French dramatist (d. 1889)
  • Sep 20 George Washington Morgan, American lawyer, politician, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Washington County, Pennsylvania (d. 1893)
  • Sep 20 John Fulton Reynolds, American Major General (Union Army), born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania (d. 1863)
  • Sep 21 Williams Carter Wickham, Brigadier General (Confederate Army)
  • Sep 23 Thomas Kilby Smith, American lawyer, diplomat and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • Sep 26 Isvar Chandra Vidyasagar, father of Bengali prose (Exile of Sita)
  • Oct 5 David Wilber, American politician (d. 1890)
  • Oct 11 Alfred Washington Ellet, American civil engineer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1895)
  • Oct 13 John William Dawson, Canadian geologist (d. 1899)
  • Oct 20 Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • Oct 20 George Jerrison Stannard, American farmer, teacher, governmental official and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Georgia, Vermont (d. 1886)
  • Oct 23 James Monroe Goggin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1889)
  • Nov 4 Robert Vinkler Richardson, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Granville County, North Carolina (d. 1870)
  • Nov 9 Matthias de Vries, Dutch linguist (spelling)
  • Nov 23 John Willis Ellis, Governor (Confederacy) (d. 1861)
  • Nov 23 Isaac Todhunter, British mathematician (d. 1884)
  • Nov 28 Freidrich Engels, German social philosopher (Communism), born in Barmen, Germany (d. 1895)
  • Nov 28 Friedrich Engels, German social philosopher; Marx's collaborator
  • Nov 28 Lawrence O'Bryan Branch, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • Dec 5 Afanasy Fet, Russian poet (d. 1892)
  • Dec 10 David Allen Russell, Army Bvt Major General (Union), (d. 1864)
  • Dec 10 Princess Elizabeth of Clarence (d. 1821)
  • Dec 17 Frederick Tracy Dent, American General (Union Army), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 1892)
  • Dec 26 Gustavus Adolphus Smith, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania(d. 1885)