Famous People Born in 1777

  • Jan 1 Micah Hawkins, American poet, playwright and composer, born in Head of the Harbour, New York (d. 1825)
  • Jan 2 Christian D Rauch, German sculptor (d. 1857)
  • Jan 3 Elisa Bonaparte, Corsican sister of Napoleon who appointed her Princess of Lucca and Piombino and Grand Duchess of Tuscany, born in Ajaccio, Corsica (d. 1820)
  • Jan 3 Louis Poinsot, French mathematician and physicist (invented geometrical mechanics), born in Paris (d. 1859)
  • Jan 8 Filippo Traetta, Italian-born American composer & music teacher, born in Venice, Italy (d. 1854)
  • Jan 25 Elias Canneman, Dutch politician, born in Amsterdam, Netherlands (d. 1861)
  • Feb 12 Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué, German poet (d. 1843)
  • Mar 9 Aleksander Orłowski, Polish painter, cartoonist and graphic artist, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1832)
  • Mar 17 Roger Brooke Taney, 5th Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court (Dred Scott decision), born in Calvert, Maryland (d. 1864)
  • Mar 19 Anton R Falck, Dutch minister of Education/diplomat
  • Mar 31 Charles Cagniard de la Tour, French physicist (d. 1859)

Henry ClayHenry Clay (1777-1852)

Apr 12 American politician known as "the Great Compromiser", born in Hanover County, Virginia

  • Apr 18 Ignac Ruzitska, Austrian composer, born in Bazin, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1833)

Carl Friedrich GaussCarl Friedrich Gauss (1777-1855)

Apr 30 German mathematician considered one of the greatest of all time (Gaussian distribution, fundamental theorem of algebra), born in Brunswick, Germany

  • May 4 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, Belgian composer, born in Ghent, Belgium (d. 1852)
  • May 28 Joseph-Henri-Ignace Mees, Flemish composer, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1858)
  • Jun 12 Robert Clark, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1819-21), born in Washington County, New York (d. 1837)
  • Jun 15 János Fusz, Hungarian-German composer, born in Tolna, Hungary (d. 1819)
  • Jun 24 John Ross, British naval officer and explorer, born in Balsarroch, Scotland (d. 1856)
  • Jul 9 Henry Hallam, British lawyer and historian (d. 1859)
  • Jul 23 Philipp Otto Runge, German Romantic painter, born in Wolgast, West Pomerania (d. 1810)
  • Jul 27 Thomas Campbell, Scottish poet (Hohenlinden, Battle of the Baltic), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1844)
  • Aug 14 Francis I, King of the Two Sicilies (1825-30), born in Naples, Kingdom of Naples (d. 1830)

Hans Christian ØrstedHans Christian Ørsted (1777-1851)

Aug 14 Danish physicist and chemist (View of Chemical Law), born in Rudkøbing, Denmark

  • Aug 29 Hyacinth [Nikita Yakovlevich Bichurin], Founder of Sinology (d. 1853)
  • Sep 7 Heinrich David Stölzel, German horn player who developed the first valve for brass instruments, born in Schneeberg, Saxony (d. 1844)
  • Sep 20 Ramón Cuéllar y Altarriba, Spanish composer, born in Santiago de Compostela, Spain (d. 1833)
  • Oct 6 William Russell, English composer and organist, born in London (d. 1813)
  • Oct 18 Heinrich von Kleist, German dramatist/poet (Penthesilea)
  • Nov 2 Fortunat Alojzy Gonzaga Żółkowski, Polish actor, comedist, translator, editor of humour magazines, born near Nowogródek, Poland (d. 1822)
  • Nov 2 Princess Sophia of the United Kingdom, 5th daughter of King George III, born in Buckingham House, London (d. 1848)
  • Nov 8 Désirée Clary, Queen of Sweden and Norway (1818-44), born in Marseille, France (d. 1860)
  • Nov 28 Augsut Kestner, German art collector and diplomat, born in Hanover, Germany (d. 1853)
  • Dec 2 Henry Doeff, Dutch trader in Japan and translator (wrote Dutch-Japanese dictionary) (d. 1835)
  • Dec 4 Juliette Récamier, French socialite, born in Lyon, Kingdom of France (d. 1849)
  • Dec 14 Juan Nicasio Gallego, Spanish poet and interpreter (El dos the mayo), born in Zamora, Spain (d. 1853)
  • Dec 23 Alexander I, tsar of Russia (1801-25), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1825)