On This Day

Famous People Born in 1752

Person of interestBetsy Ross

Jan 1 Betsy Ross [Elizabeth Griscom], American seamstress widely credited with making the first American flag, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1836)

Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag Betsy Ross
Seamstress Credited with Creating the First American Flag
Betsy Ross
  • Jan 2 Philip Freneau, poet of American Revolution (The American Village)
  • Jan 19 James Morris III, American army officer (d. 1820)
  • Jan 23 Muzio Clementi, Italian composer, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1832)
  • Jan 30 Joseph Matthias Kracher, Austrian composer, born in Mattighofen, Austria (d. 1835)
  • Jan 31 Gouverneur Morris, American lawmaker and diplomat (d. 1816)
  • Feb 12 Josef Reicha, Czech composer
  • Feb 17 Friedrich M Klinger, German playwright (Wirrwarr)
  • Feb 20 Charles Broche, French organist and composer, born in Rouen, France (d. 1803)
  • Feb 25 John Graves Simcoe, first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada (d. 1806)
  • Mar 19 Jose Mauricio, composer
  • Mar 22 Johann Georg Joseph Spangler, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1802)
  • Mar 29 Edward Jones, Welsh harpist and composer, born in Llandderfel, Wales (d. 1824)
  • Apr 4 Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli, Italian composer (Andromeda), born in Naples, Italy (d. 1837)
  • Apr 5 Sébastien Érard, French musical instruments maker, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1831)
  • Apr 6 Johann Friedrich Kranz, composer
  • May 2 Ludwig August Lebrun, German composer, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1790)
  • May 3 Braz Francisco de Lima, Portuguese composer (d. 1813)
  • May 4 John Brooks, 11th Governor of Massachusetts (1816-23), born in Medford (d. 1825)
  • May 11 Johann Friedrich Blumenbach, German anthropologist (d. 1840)
  • May 14 Albrecht Thaer, German agronomist (d. 1828)
  • May 14 Timothy Dwight, American theologian (d. 1817)
  • Jun 13 Fanny Burney, English novelist (Camille, Evelina), born in King’s Lynn, Norfolk, England (d. 1840)
  • Jun 16 Meingosus Gaelle, composer
  • Jul 7 Joseph-Marie Jacquard, invented programmable loom
  • Jul 27 Samuel Smith, American politician, Senator and Representative from Maryland, born in Carlisle, Pennsylvania (d. 1839)
  • Aug 13 Maria Carolina of Austria, Queen of the Two Sicilies, born in Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna (d. 1814)
  • Aug 27 Herman Muntinghe, Dutch theologist (History of Mankind), born in Termunten, Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1824)
  • Sep 8 Carl Stenborg, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1813)
  • Sep 9 Johann Friedrich Christmann, German composer, born in Ludwigsburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1817)
  • Sep 18 Adrien-Marie Legendre, French mathematician (worked on elliptic integrals), born in Paris (d. 1833)
  • Sep 18 Johann Anton Sulzer, Swiss writer and composer, born in Rheinfelden, Aargau, Switzerland (d. 1828)
  • Sep 21 Louise of Stolberg-Gedern, Countess of Albany, born in Mons, Austrian Netherlands (d. 1824)
  • Sep 30 Justin Heinrich Knecht, German composer, born in Biberach an der Riss (d. 1817)
  • Oct 2 Samuel Story, Dutch rear admiral (Battle at Kamperduin), born in Maasbommel, Dutch Republic (d. 1811)
  • Oct 22 Ambrogio Minoja, Italian classical composer, born in Ospedaletto Lodigiano, Lodi, Italy (d. 1825)
  • Nov 17 Nicolas Appert, French inventor of airtight food preservation (food canning, bouillon tablet), born in Châlons-en-Champagne, France (d. 1841)
  • Nov 19 George Rogers Clark, American frontier military leader in Revolutionary War, born in Albemarle County, Virginia (d. 1818)
  • Nov 20 Thomas Chatterton, English poet (Christabel), born in Bristol, England (d. 1770)
  • Nov 25 Johann Friedrich Reichardt, German composer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1814)
  • Nov 29 Jemima Wilkinson [Publick Universal Friend], American preacher, founded Universal Friends sect, born in Cumberland, Rhode Island (d. 1819)
  • Dec 3 Georg Friederich Fuchs, German composer, born in Mainz, Germany (d. 1821)
  • Dec 6 Gabriel Duvall, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1811-35), born in Marietta, Maryland (d. 1844)
  • Dec 27 Johann Georg Anton Mederitsch-Gallus, composer