Birthdays in History in 1855

  • Jan 3 Hubert Bland, English socialist (d. 1914)
  • Jan 5 King Camp Gillette, inventor (safety razor)
  • Jan 10 Peter J Blok, Dutch historian (History of the Dutch People)
  • Jan 21 John M Browning, US, weapons manufacturer
  • Jan 22 Albert Neisser [Albert Ludwig Sigesmund Neisser], Schweidnitz Prussia, German physician who discovered the bacterias that cause gonorrhea and leprosy
  • Jan 23 John Moses Browning, American inventor (d. 1926)
  • Jan 28 William Seward Burroughs, NY, inventor (recording adding machine)
  • Feb 13 Paul Deschanel, French President (d. 1922)
  • Feb 17 Otto Liman von Sanders, German general in Turkey (WW I)
  • Feb 21 Alice Freeman Palmer, educator (Hall of Fame)
  • Feb 25 Cesário Verde, Portuguese poet (d. 1886)

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Mar 13 Percival "Percy" Lowell, American astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1916)

Astronomer Percival Lowell
Percival Lowell

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Mar 24 Andrew Mellon, American banker (Mellon Bank), industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1947)

Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon
Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury
Andrew Mellon
  • Mar 24 Olive Schreiner, South African writer (Portrait of a South African Woman)
  • Mar 27 Alfred Ewing [James Alfred Ewing], Dundee, Scottish Physicist (magnetic properties of metals, hysteresis)
  • Mar 31 Alfred E. Hunt, founder of Alcoa (d. 1899)
  • Apr 9 Gyula Reviczky, Hungarian author/poet
  • Apr 18 Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Jan Steen)
  • May 1 Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter , born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 8 John Gates ("Bet-a-million" Gates), American inventor and industrialist who established the market for barbed wire fencing, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 15 Eduard von Keyserling, Baltic German writer (Dritte Stiege)
  • May 21 Emile A G Verhaeren, Belgian poet/writer (Les Flammes Hautes)
  • May 24 Arthur Wing Pinero, British playwright
  • Jun 14 Robert Marion La Follette, Wisconsin, presidential candidate (Progressive)
  • Jul 7 Ludwig Ganghofer, German writer (d. 1920)
  • Jul 26 Ferdinand Tönnies, German sociologist (d. 1936)
  • Jul 30 James Edward Kelly, US, sculptor "Sculptor of American History"
  • Aug 18 Alfred Wallis, English artist and mariner (d. 1942)
  • Sep 1 Innokenty Annensky, Omsk, Russian Empire, poet, critic and interpreter (poètes maudits)
  • Sep 7 William Friese-Greene, British photographer (d. 1921)
  • Sep 9 Houston S Chamberlain, British/German race theorist
  • Sep 9 Anthony Francis Lucas Croatian-born oil exploration pioneer (d. 1921)
  • Sep 12 Simon-Napoléon Parent, Canadian politician (d. 1920)
  • Sep 28 Thomas F Tout, historian (Manchester school of historiography), born in London, England
  • Oct 8 Gustav Ehrismann, German germanist
  • Oct 12 August Sauer, Austria literature historian (Euphorion)
  • Oct 12 Jacobus of Looy, Dutch writer/painter (Death of My Cat) [or 9/12]
  • Oct 16 Camille Looten, Belgian priest/literature historian
  • Oct 16 Samedbey Mehmandarov, Russian general (d. 1931)
  • Oct 24 James S. Sherman, Vice President of the United States (d. 1912)
  • Oct 28 Ivan V Mitshurin, Russian botanist (new types of fruit)
  • Oct 29 Paul Bruchési, archbishop of Montreal (d. 1939)
  • Nov 5 Eugene V. Debs, Terre Haute, Indiana, American labor leader and Socialist presidential candidate (d. 1926)
  • Nov 5 Leon P Teisserenc de Bort, French meteorologist (stratosphere)
  • Nov 6 Ezra Seymour Gosney, American philanthropist and eugenicist (d. 1942)
  • Nov 7 Edwin H Hall, US physicist (Hall effect)
  • Nov 10 Josiah Royce, US, philosopher (conception of God)
  • Nov 30 Marie WF Treub, Dutch economist/minister of Agriculture/Finance
  • Dec 5 Clinton Hart Merriam, American ornithologist (d. 1942)
  • Dec 10 Henry Nicholas Ridley, West Harling Hall, Norfolk, U.K., Botanist (Malay Peninsula rubber industry)
  • Dec 27 Paul Ehrenreich, German etnologist/mythologist
  • Dec 30 Heinrich Hart, German writer (Song of Humanity)
  • Dec 31 Giovanni Pascoli, Italian classicist/poet