Famous People Born in 1737

  • Jan 12 Brizio Petrucci, Italian composer, born in Massalom-barda, Ravenna, Papal State (d. 1838)
  • Jan 19 Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, French writer (Paul et Virginie), born in Le Havre, France (d. 1814)

John HancockJohn Hancock (1737-1793)

Jan 23 American merchant and statesman who was 1st to sign the Declaration of Independence, born in Braintree, Massachusetts

Thomas PaineThomas Paine (1737-1809)

Jan 29 English American writer and political essayist (Age of Reason, Common Sense), born in Thetford, England

  • Mar 9 Josef Mysliveček, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1781)
  • Mar 20 Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, King of Thailand (d. 1809)
  • Mar 23 Arthur St. Clair, American soldier and politician (President of the Continental Congress, 1787), born in Thurso, Scotland (d. 1818)
  • Mar 28 Francesco Zannetti, Italian composer, born in Volterra (d. 1788)
  • Apr 10 Francois Giroust, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1799)
  • Apr 19 Geert Reinders, Dutch cattle breeder and inoculation propagandist, born in Bedum, Netherlands (d. 1815)

William PettyWilliam Petty (1737-1805)

May 2 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1782-83), born in Dublin, Kingdom of Ireland

  • May 3 Friedrich Schwindl, Dutch composer, born in Amsterdam (d. 1786)

Edward GibbonEdward Gibbon (1737-1794)

May 8 English historian (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire), born in Putney, England

  • May 14 George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney, British statesman (d. 1806)
  • May 23 Louis François Chambray, French composer, born in Château de Chambray, Evreux, France (d. 1807)
  • Jun 20 Tokugawa Ieharu, tenth shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan (1760 to 1786), born in Edo, Japan (d. 1786)
  • Jul 2 François Léonard Rouwyzer, Dutch composer, born in Maastricht (d. 1827)
  • Jul 15 Louise of France, French princess daughter of King Louis XV and Marie Leszczyńska and Carmelite prioress, born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 1787)
  • Jul 31 Princess Augusta Frederica of Great Britain, born in London, England (d. 1813)
  • Aug 10 Anton Losenko, Russian painter (d. 1773)
  • Aug 11 Joseph Nollekins, sculptor, born in London, England
  • Aug 14 Charles Hutton, English mathematician and surveyor, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1823)
  • Aug 19 Johann Georg Christoph Schetky, German cellist and composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1824)
  • Sep 5 Johann Friedrich Gottlieb Beckmann, German composer, born in Celle, Germany (d. 1792)
  • Sep 7 Luigi Galvani, Italian anatomist and physicist ("animal electricity"), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1798)
  • Sep 14 Michael Haydn, Austrian composer, born in Rohrau, Austria (d. 1806)
  • Sep 19 Charles Carroll, Wealthy Maryland planter who was the last signer of the Declaration of Independence to pass away, born in Annapolis, Province of Maryland, British America (d. 1832)

Francis HopkinsonFrancis Hopkinson (1737-1791)

Sep 21 American judge, signer of the Declaration of Independence, author, flag designer (first American flag), and composer (The Battle of the Kegs), born in Philadelphia, British America

  • Oct 2 Franz Schneider, Austrian organist and composer, baptized in Pulkau (d. 1812)
  • Oct 5 Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov, Russian count (helped Catherine the Great to the throne) and military commander (Battle of Çeşme), born in Lyutkino, Russia (d. 1808) (NS date)
  • Oct 22 Vincenzo Manfredini, Italian harpsichordist, composer, and music theorist, born in Pistoia, Grand Duchy of Tuscany (now Italy) (d. 1799)
  • Oct 31 James Lovell, American educator and statesman, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1789)
  • Nov 25 Christian Friedrich Penzel, German musician and composer, born in Oelsnitz, Germany (d. 1801)
  • Dec 8 Robert Kimmerling, Austrian composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1799)
  • Dec 26 Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (d. 1815)