On This Day

Famous People Born in 1759

  • Jan 4 Maria Rosa Coccia, composer
  • Jan 5 Jacques Cathelineau, French royalist & army leader, born in Le Pin-en-Mauges, France (d. 1793)
  • Jan 17 Paul Cuffe, Mass, merchant/shipbuilder/African American nationalist
  • Jan 21 Johan Valckenaer, Dutch politician/patriot

Robert Burns

Jan 25 Robert Burns, Scottish poet (Auld Lang Syne) considered the national poet of Scotland, born in Alloway, Scotland (d. 1796)

  • Jan 31 Francois Devienne, French composer, born in Joinville, France (d. 1803)
  • Feb 15 Friedrich A Wolfius [Wolf], German philological (Prolegomena)
  • Feb 27 Johann Carl Friedrich Rellstab, composer
  • Mar 2 Johann Christian Friedrich Haeffner, composer
  • Mar 22 Hedwig Elizabeth Charlotte of Holstein-Gottorp, Queen of Sweden and Norway (d. 1818)
  • Apr 18 Jacques Widerkehr, Alsatian composer, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1823)

Mary Wollstonecraft

Apr 27 Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, English writer and feminist (A Vindication of the Rights of Woman), mother of Mary Shelley, born in London (d. 1797)

  • May 1 Jacob Albright, German-American Christian leader, founder of Albright's People (Evangelical Association), born in Fox Mountain, Pennsylvania (d. 1808)
  • May 6 François Andrieux, French playwright, born in Strasbourg, France (d. 1833)
  • May 15 Maria Theresia von Paradis, composer
  • May 18 Charles Duquesnoy, South Netherlands composer and singer, born in Beuzet (d. 1822)
  • May 20 William Thornton, British-American architect (Capitol Building in Washington, D.C), born in Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands (d. 1828)
  • May 22 Gervais-François Couperin, French composer (d. 1826)
  • May 23 António da Silva Leite, Portuguese composer, born in Porto, Portugal (d. 1833)
  • Jun 2 Jan Ekels, the Young, Dutch painter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1793)
  • Jun 5 Theodor Zwetler, Austrian composer, born in Weitra, Austria (d. 1826)
  • Jun 8 Thomas Dunham Whitaker, British topographer, born in Rainham, Norfolk (d. 1821)
  • Jun 21 Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman and financier, born in Kingston, Jamaica (d. 1817)
  • Jul 10 Eleanore Sophia Maria Westenholz, German composer (d. 1838)
  • Jul 19 Seraphim of Sarov, Russian Orthodox Saint, born in Kursk, Russian Empire (d. 1833) [OS]
  • Jul 24 Victor Emmanuel I, King of Sardinia (1802-21), born in Royal Palace of Turin, Italy (d. 1824)

William Wilberforce

Aug 24 William Wilberforce, British politician, philanthropist and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade, born in Kingston upon Hull, Yorkshire, England (d. 1833)

  • Sep 19 William Kirby, English entomologist and original member of the Linnean Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society, born in Witnesham, Suffolk, England (d. 1850)
  • Sep 26 Ludwig Yorck von Wartenburg, Prussian Generalfeldmarschall, born in Potsdam, Brandenburg, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1830)
  • Oct 4 Louis François Antoine Arbogast, French mathematician (Du calcul des derivations), born in Mutzig, France (d. 1803)
  • Oct 13 Ecco Epkema, Dutch classic linguist (Frisian, old-Frisian), born in Wirdum, Netherlands (d. 1832)
  • Oct 20 Chauncey Goodrich, U.S. Senator from Connecticut (d. 1815)

William Grenville

Oct 25 William Grenville, 1st Baron Grenville, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig: 1806-07), born in Wotton Underwood, Buckinghamshire, England (d. 1834)

  • Oct 25 Maria Feodorovna of Russia, second wife of Tsar Paul I of Russia, born in Stettin, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1828)

Georges Danton

Oct 26 Georges Danton, French politician and revolutionary (1st president of the Committee of Public Safety during the French Revolution), born in Arcis-sur-Aube, France (d. 1794)

  • Nov 10 Frederich von Schiller, German poet and lyricist (Ode to Joy), born in Marbach am Neckar, Germany (d. 1805)
  • Nov 13 Timothy Olmstead, early American composer (d. 1848)
  • Nov 20 Nikolaus Paul Zmeskall, Hungarian cellist and composer, baptized in Leštiny (d. 1833)
  • Nov 27 Franz Krommer, Czech composer, born in Kamenice u Jihlavy, Czech Republic (d. 1831)