Famous People Born in 1778

  • Jan 3 Antoni Melchior Fijałkowski, Polish bishop (d. 1861)
  • Jan 5 Fortunato Santini, composer
  • Jan 13 Anton Fischer, composer
  • Jan 24 Charles F, duke of Berry/son of French King Charles X
  • Jan 26 Ugo Foscolo, Italian poet (Ultime lettere di Jacopo Ortis)
  • Jan 31 Franz Anton graaf von Kolowrat, Austrian premiere of Bohemia (1848)
  • Feb 4 A. P. de Candolle, Swiss botanist (d. 1841)
  • Feb 6 Ugo Foscolo, Italian poet (Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis)
  • Feb 12 Franz Joseph Volkert, composer
  • Feb 14 Fernando Sor, Spanish composer, baptized in Barcelona, Spain (d. 1839)
  • Feb 22 Rembrandt Peale, portrait/historical painter (Court of Death)

Person of interestJosé de San Martín

Feb 25 José de San Martín, Argentine General, liberated Argentina, Chile and Peru from Spanish rule, born in Yapeyú, Argentina (d. 1850)

Revolutionary Leader José de San Martín
Revolutionary Leader
José de San Martín
  • Mar 3 Frederica of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, Queen of Hanover (d. 1841)
  • Mar 8 Friedrich August Kanne, Austrian-German composer, born in Delitzsch, Saxony (d. 1833)
  • Mar 19 Edward Pakenham, British general (d. 1815)
  • Mar 31 Coenraad Jacob Temminck, Dutch zoologist (d. 1858)
  • Apr 6 Joseph Funk, early American composer, born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania (d. 1862)
  • Apr 10 William Hazlitt, English essayist and critic, born in Kent, England (d. 1830)
  • May 8 Johann Baptist Gansbacher, Austrian composer, born in Sterzing, Tyrol, Italy (d. 1844)
  • May 18 Charles William Vane, 3rd Marquess of Londonderry (d. 1854)
  • May 28 Friedrich Westenholz, composer
  • Jun 7 Beau [George Bryan] Brummel, English dandy, born in London, England (d. 1840)
  • Jul 7 Antonio Francesco Gaetano S Pacini, composer
  • Jul 10 Sigismund Ritter von Neukomm, Austrian composer and royal chaplain master, born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1858)
  • Jul 28 Charles Stewart, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), (d. 1869)
  • Jul 29 Carl Borromaus Neuner, German composer, born in Munich, Bavaria (d. 1830)
  • Aug 11 Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, German educator and founder of the turnverein (gymnastics) movement, born in Lanz, Brandenburg, Prussia (d. 1852)
  • Aug 12 Francis Horner, politician
  • Aug 20 Bernardo O'Higgins, Chillán, Chile, South American independence leader who freed Chile from Spanish rule (1817-1823 Supreme Director of Chile)
  • Sep 2 Leopold F. J. J. J. van Sassen Ysselt, Dutch politician
  • Sep 2 Louis Bonaparte, King of Holland (d. 1846)
  • Sep 3 Jean Nicolas Auguste Kreutzer, French violinist and composer, born in Versailles, France (d. 1832)
  • Sep 4 Louis Napoléon Bonaparte, French King of Netherlands (1806-10), born in Ajaccio, Corsica, Kingdom of France (d. 1846)
  • Sep 8 Clemens Brentano, German poet and author (The Story of the Just Casper and Fair Annie), born in Ehrenbreitstein, Germany (d. 1842)
  • Sep 19 Henry Peter Brougham, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain (d. 1868)
  • Nov 1 Gustav IV Adolf of Sweden (d. 1837)
  • Nov 14 Johann Nepomuk Hummel, composer
  • Nov 25 Mary Anne Schimmelpenninck, British Christian writer (d. 1856)
  • Nov 27 John Murray, publisher
  • Dec 6 Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist and chemist (d. 1850)
  • Dec 15 Godert AGP baron van der Capellen, Dutch gov-gen (Dutch-Indies)
  • Dec 17 Hunphry Davy, English chemist (discovered some elements)
  • Dec 19 Princess Marie-Thérèse-Charlotte, eldest child of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI (d. 1851)
  • Dec 21 Anders Sandøe Ørsted, Danish politician (d. 1860)
  • Dec 26 Juan Lovera, Venezuela, artist
  • Dec 28 Franciszek Ksawery Drucki-Lubecki, Polish politician (d. 1846)