On This Day

Famous People Born in 1754

  • Jan 15 Richard Martin, Irish politician & animal rights activist, born in Ballynahinch Castle, Ireland (d. 1834)
  • Jan 24 Andrew Ellicott, American surveyor (d. 1820)
  • Jan 29 Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland (d. 1806)
  • Jan 30 John Lansing Jr., American lawyer & statesman, born in Albany, New York (d. 1829)

Talleyrand

Feb 2 Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, French statesman, born in Paris (d. 1838)

  • Feb 17 Jan Jachym Kopriva, Czech composer and organist, born in Cítoliby, Czech Republic (d. 1792)
  • Feb 19 Vincenzo Monti, Italian poet/translator (Al Signor di Montgolfier)
  • Feb 19 Nicolas Baudin, French explorer, led cartographic survey of the coast of Australia, born in St-Pierre-de-Ré, France (d. 1803)
  • Mar 4 Benjamin Waterhouse, physician co-founder of Harvard Medical School, and smallpox vaccine pioneer,, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1846)
  • Mar 4 Dieudonne-Pascal Pieltain, composer
  • Mar 15 Silvestro Palma, Italian composer, born in Barano d'Ischia, Italy (d. 1834)
  • Mar 17 Madame Roland [Marie-Jeanne Phlippon], French revolutionary (member of the Girondist faction), born in Paris, France (d. 1793)
  • Mar 23 Baron Jurij Vega, Slovenian mathematician, physicist, and artillery officer (d. 1802)
  • Apr 9 Antonio Frantisek Becvarovsky, Czech composer, born in Mlada Boleslav, Bohemia (d. 1823)
  • May 2 Vicente Martín y Soler, Valencian composer, born in Valencia, Spain (d. 1806)
  • May 10 Asmus Jakob Carstens, painter
  • May 12 Franz Anton Hoffmeister, German composer, born in Rottenburg am Neckar, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1812)
  • May 15 Pierre Dutillieu, composer
  • May 20 Hans Gram, Danish-born American composer (d. 1804)
  • May 23 Andrea Appiani, Italian royal painter (Napoleon), born in Milan (d. 1817)
  • May 24 Giacomo Conti, Italian composer, born in Milan, Italy (d. 1805)
  • Jun 4 Franz Xaver, Baron Von Zach, Austrian astronomer, born in Pest, Hungary (d. 1832)
  • Jun 16 Salawat Yulayev, Bashkir national hero, poet (d. 1800)
  • Jul 11 Thomas Bowdler, British physician and writer (Family Shakespeare), born in Ashley, Somerset, England (d. 1825)
  • Jul 20 Antoine Destutt de Tracy, French Enlightenment philosopher, born in Paris (d. 1836)

Pierre Charles L'Enfant

Aug 2 Pierre Charles L'Enfant, French-born American architect who laid out Washington, D.C., born in Paris, France (d. 1825)

  • Aug 18 François, marquis de Chasseloup-Laubat, French general (d. 1833)
  • Aug 21 William Murdoch, Scottish inventor (oscillating cylinder steam engine), born in Cumnock, East Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1839)
  • Aug 21 Banastre Tarleton, British soldier and politician (Waxhaws Massacre), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1833)

Louis XVI

Aug 23 Louis XVI, King of France (1774-93) eventually guillotined, born in Versailles, Yvelines, France (d. 1793)

  • Aug 28 Peter Winter, German composer, born in Mannhein, Germany (d. 1825)

William Bligh

Sep 9 William Bligh, British naval commander (mutinied against on HMS Bounty), born in Plymouth (probable), England (d. 1817)

  • Sep 19 John Ross Key, American lawyer, commissioned officer in the Continental Army and the father of Francis Scott Key, born in Redland, Frederick County, Maryland (d. 1821)
  • Oct 16 Morgan Lewis, Governor of New York (1804-07) (d. 1844)

John Laurens

Oct 28 John Laurens, American soldier, diplomat and abolitionist, born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1782)

  • Nov 26 Georg Forster, German writer, naturalist (A Voyage Round the World) and revolutionary, born in Nassenhuben (Mokry Dwór), Royal Prussia, Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth (d. 1794)
  • Dec 2 William Cooper, American judge and developer (founded Cooperstown, New York), born in Smithfield, Pennsylvania (d. 1809)
  • Dec 7 Jack Jouett, American politician and patriot (warn Thomas Jefferson of British attack), born in Albemarle County, Virginia (d. 1822)
  • Dec 9 Etienne Ozi, French composer and bassoonist, born in Nimes (d. 1813)
  • Dec 24 George Crabbe, English poet (Everlasting Mercy), born in Aldeburgh, England (d. 1832)