Famous People Born in 1721

  • Jan 12 Duke Ferdinand of Brunswick, Prussian general (d. 1792)
  • Jan 21 James Murray, British military officer (Governor of Quebec 1860-68), born at Ballencrieff, Scotland (d. 1794)
  • Feb 3 Friedrich Wilhelm, baron von Seydlitz, Prussian general, born in Kalkar, Germany l (d. 1773)
  • Feb 13 John Reid [Robertson], British Army General and composer (d. 1807)
  • Feb 24 John McKinly, American physician. politician and 1st President of Delaware (1777), born in Ulster, Ireland (d. 1796)
  • Mar 19 Tobias Smollett, Scottish writer, surgeon and critic (The Expedition of Humphry Clinker), born in Dalquhurn, Scotland (d. 1771), date baptized
  • Apr 1 Pieter Hellendaal, Dutch violinist, organist (Pembroke College & Chapel of Peterhouse, both in Cambridge, England), teacher, and composer (Glees), born in Rotterdam, Dutch Republic (now Netherlands) (d. 1799)
  • Apr 11 David Zeisberger, Moravian clergyman and missionary, born in Zauchtenthal, Moravia (d. 1808)
  • Apr 14 William Augustus, Duke of Cumberland, English army leader, born in London (d. 1765)

Roger Sherman (1721-1793)

Apr 19 American lawyer and Founding Father of the United States (Declaration of Independence, Constitution), born in Newton, Massachusetts

  • Apr 24 Johann Philipp Kirnberger, German music theorist and violist, baptized in Saalfeld, Germany (d. 1783)
  • Jul 9 Johann Nikolaus Götz, German poet (Die Mädcheninsel), born in Worms, Germany (d. 1781)
  • Jul 14 John Douglas, Scottish Anglican bishop and man of letters (d. 1807)
  • Aug 4 Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, English politician (d. 1803)
  • Aug 13 Francis Hutcheson, Irish composer, born in Dublin (d. 1784)
  • Aug 21 Lucretia Wilhelmina van Merken, Dutch poet, born in Amsterdam (d. 1789)
  • Aug 31 George Hervey, 2nd Earl of Bristol, British statesman (d. 1775)
  • Sep 14 Eliphalet Dyer, American statesman and judge, born in Windham, Connecticut (d. 1807)
  • Oct 19 Joseph de Guignes, French orientalist (d. 1800)
  • Oct 25 Pierre Talon, French composer and cellist, born in Reims (d. 1785)
  • Nov 9 Mark Akenside, English poet and physician, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1770)
  • Nov 22 Joseph Frederick Wallet DesBarres, Swiss-Canadian cartographer and statesman, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1824)
  • Nov 25 Willem Crul, British admiral (West-Indies), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1781)
  • Dec 6 Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, French lawyer and statesman, born in Paris (d. 1794)
  • Dec 6 James Elphinston, Scottish philologist, born in Edinburgh (d. 1809)
  • Dec 25 William Collins, English poet (Ode to Simplicity), born in Chichester England, (d. 1759)
  • Dec 27 Frans Hemsterhuis, Dutch philosopher, born in Franker, Netherlands (d. 1790)
  • Dec 29 Madame De Pompadour, French mistress of French King Louis XV, born in Paris, France (d. 1764)