Famous People Born in 1779

  • Jan 1 William Clowes, English printer (d. 1847)
  • Jan 5 Stephen Decatur, American naval hero (War of 1812), born in Sinepuxent, Maryland (d. 1820)
  • Jan 5 Zebulon Pike, American brigadier general and explorer (Pike's Peak), born in Lamington, New Jersey (d. 1813)
  • Jan 15 Jean Coralli, French ballet producer & choreographer (Giselle), born in Paris, France (d. 1854)

Peter Mark RogetPeter Mark Roget (1779-1869)

Jan 18 British lexicographer (Roget's Thesaurus) and inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard), born in London

  • Jan 22 Stefano Pavesi, Italian opera composer (Ser Marcantonio), born in Casaletto Vaprio (d. 1850)
  • Jan 24 Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden), Russian Tsarina (d. 1826)
  • Feb 20 Augustus Callcott, landscape painter, Kensington
  • Feb 21 Friedrich von Savigny, German lawyer
  • Feb 22 Joachim Nicolas Eggert, Swedish violinist and composer, born in Ginst, Rügen Island (d. 1813)
  • Feb 27 Thomas Hazlehurst, English soap and alkali manufacturer (d. 1842)
  • Mar 1 Jacob Gottfried Weber, German composer, born in Freinsheim (d. 1839)
  • Mar 2 Joel Roberts Poinsett, American statesman and botanist (d. 1851)
  • Mar 6 Philipp Roth, German cellist, and composer, born at Tarnowitz in Prussian Silesia (now Tarnowskie Góry, Poland) (d. 1898)
  • Mar 13 Oliver Shaw, early American composer, born in Newport, Rhode Island (d. 1848)

William LambWilliam Lamb (1779-1848)

Mar 15 2nd Viscount Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig: 1834, 1835-41), born in London

  • Mar 21 Alexis Garaude, composer
  • Mar 28 Angelo Maria Benincori, Italian composer, born in Brescia, Italy (d. 1821)
  • Apr 11 Louise Reichardt, German composer, born in Berlin, Prussia (d. 1826)
  • Apr 21 William Knyvett, British singer and composer, born in Westminster, London (d. 1856)
  • May 2 John Galt, Scottish novelist (Annals of the Parish), born in Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland (d. 1839)
  • May 25 Hendrik Marcus de Kock, Dutch general and politician (Lieutenant Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies 1826-30), born in Heusden, Dutch Republic (d. 1845)
  • May 28 Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1852)
  • Jul 10 Alois Basil Nikolaus Tomasini, Italian violinist and composer, born in Pesaro, Italy (d. 1858)
  • Jul 15 Clement Clarke Moore, US professor and author ('Twas the Night Before Xmas), born in NYC, New York (d. 1863)
  • Jul 20 Ignaz Schuster, Austrian composer, born in Vienna (d. 1835)
  • Jul 21 Gottlob Wiedebein, German composer, born in Eilenstedt (d. 1854)
  • Aug 1 Francis Scott Key, American lawyer, poet and composer of the lyrics to "Star-Spangled Banner", born in Carroll County, Maryland (d. 1843)
  • Aug 1 Lorenz Oken, German naturalist, born in Bohlsbach, Swabia (d. 1851)
  • Aug 7 Carl Ritter, German geographer and co-founder of modern science of geography, born in Quedlinburg, Prussia (d. 1859)
  • Aug 7 Louis de Freycinet, French explorer and navigator (published the first map to show a full outline of the coastline of Australia in 1811), born in Montélimar, Drôme (d. 1842)
  • Aug 17 Franz de Paula Roser, Austrian composer and conductor, born in Naarn, Upper Austra (d. 1830)

Fabian Gottlieb von BellingshausenFabian Gottlieb von Bellingshausen (1779-1852)

Aug 20 Russian explorer who discovered the continent of Antarctica, born in Osel, Estonia

  • Aug 20 Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist, born in Linköping, Sweden (d. 1848)
  • Aug 22 James Kirke Paulding, American author (The Dutchman's Fireside), born in Pleasant Valley, NY (d. 1860)
  • Sep 8 Johann Philipp Samuel Schmidt, German composer, born in Königsberg, East Prussia (d. 1853)
  • Sep 8 Mustafa IV, 29th Sultan of Ottoman Empire (1807-08), born in Istanbul, Ottoman Empire (d. 1808)
  • Sep 10 Louis Alexandre Piccinni, Italian-French composer, born in Paris (d. 1850)
  • Sep 18 Joseph Story, American lawyer and 19th Supreme Court justice (1812-45), born in Marblehead, Massachusetts (d. 1845)
  • Oct 10 Antoine Philippe Vischer, comte de Celles, Belgian-French politician, born in Brussels (d. 1841)
  • Nov 4 Jan Willem Pieneman, Dutch historical painter (Battle at Waterloo), born in Abcoude, Dutch Republic (d. 1853)
  • Nov 5 Washington Allston, American painter (pioneer of America's Romantic movement of landscape painting) and author, born in Georgetown, South Carolina (d. 1843)
  • Nov 6 Michal Bogdanowicz, Polish composer (d. 1830)
  • Nov 14 Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger, Danish poet (d. 1850)
  • Nov 27 Aimé, duc de Clermont-Tonnerre, French general and statesman, born in Paris (d. 1865)
  • Dec 1 Pyotr Ivanovich Turchaninov, Russian church composer (d. 1856)
  • Dec 12 Madeleine Sophie Barat, French saint and founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart, born in Joigny, Burgundy, France (d. 1865)
  • Dec 14 Mariano Rodríguez de Ledesma, Spanish composer, born in Zaragoza, Spain (d. 1847)
  • Dec 19 Auguste-Gaspard-Louis Desnoyers, French engraver, born in Paris, France (d. 1857)