Famous People Born in 1787

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 8 Johann Ludwig Bohner, composer
  • Jan 13 John Davis, 14th and 17th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1854)
  • Feb 13 James P Carrell, composer
  • Feb 16 Andreas Schelfhout, Dutch painter/etcher/lithographer
  • Feb 23 Emma Willard, American women's rights activist and educator who founded the 1st school for women's higher education in the US, born in Berlin, Connecticut (d. 1870)
  • Mar 6 Joseph von Fraunhofer, German physicist (studied Sun's spectrum)

Person of interestKarl Ferdinand von Graefe

Mar 8 Karl Ferdinand von Graefe, German surgeon who helped create modern plastic surgery, born in Warsaw, Poland (d. 1840)

  • Mar 10 William Etty, English painter (nudes)
  • Mar 11 Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (d. 1852)
  • Mar 16 Georg Simon Ohm, Erlangen, Brandenburg-Bayreuth, German physicist (discovered Ohm's Law)
  • Apr 13 John Robertson, U.S. politician (d. 1873)
  • Apr 19 Deaf Smith, American frontiersman and revolutionary (d. 1837)
  • Apr 26 Ludwig Uhland, German writer, born in Tübingen, Württemberg (d. 1862)
  • May 7 Jacques Viger, French Canadian politician, 1st mayor of Montreal (1833-36), born in Montreal, Canada (d. 1858)
  • Jun 4 Constant Prévost, French geologist, born in Paris (d. 1856)
  • Jun 27 Thomas Say, American naturalist and father of descriptive entomology, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1834)

  • Jun 28 Harry Smith, English military commander and leader of British-Indian forces (Battle of Aliwal), born in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, England (d. 1860)
  • Aug 15 Alexander Aliabiev, Russian composer, born in Tobolsk, Siberia (d. 1851)
  • Aug 24 James Weddell, British sailor and Antarctic explorer (Weddell Sea), born in Ostend, Belgium (d. 1834)
  • Sep 1 John Bake, classical composer
  • Sep 5 François Sulpice Beudant, French mineralogist and geologist, born in Paris (d. 1850)
  • Sep 10 John Jordan Crittenden, MC (Union), (d. 1863)
  • Sep 18 Johann David Passavant, German historian, painter and graphic artist, born in Frankfurt, Germany (d. 1861)
  • Oct 4 François Guizot, French historian and politician (17th Prime Minister of France), born in Nîmes, France (d. 1874)
  • Oct 30 Karl Guhr, German composer (d. 1848)
  • Nov 4 Edmund Kean, British Shakespearean actor (Edmund Kean's Masonic Career), born in London, England (d. 1833)
  • Nov 17 Michele Carafa, composer

Person of interestSojourner Truth

Nov 18 Sojourner Truth [Isabella Baumfree], African-American abolitionist and feminist, born in Swartekill, New York (d. 1883)

Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate Sojourner Truth
Abolitionist and Women's Rights Advocate
Sojourner Truth

Person of interestLouis-Jacques Daguerre

Nov 18 Louis-Jacques Daguerre, French inventor and photographer (daguerreotype), born in Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France (d. 1851)

Photographer and Inventor Louis-Jacques Daguerre
Photographer and Inventor
Louis-Jacques Daguerre
  • Nov 21 Samuel Cunard, founder (1st regular Atlantic steamship line)
  • Nov 22 Rasmus Rask, Danish linguist and philologist (Investigation of the Origin of the Old Norse or Icelandic Language), born in Braendekilde, Denmark (d. 1832)
  • Nov 25 Franz Xaver Gruber, Austrian organist and composer (Silent Night), born in Hochberg, Austria (d. 1863)
  • Nov 27 Christian Rummel, composer
  • Nov 27 Jacob earl van Rechteren van Appeltern, governor of Gelderland
  • Dec 1 Pavel Ivanovich Dulgorukov, composer
  • Dec 9 John Dobson, English architect, born in High Chirton, North Shields, England (d. 1865)
  • Dec 10 Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, American pioneer of educating the deaf, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1851)
  • Dec 14 Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este, Empress of Austria and queen of Hungary and Bohemia, born in Monza, Duchy of Milan (d. 1816)
  • Dec 15 Charles Cowden Clarke, English editor and Shakespearean critic, born in Enfield, Middlesex, England (d. 1877)
  • Dec 16 Mary Russell Mitford, English writer (d. 1855)
  • Dec 28 Hermanus J Abbring, Dutch writer/engineer on Curacao