On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1794

  • May 13 Louis-Leopold Robert, French painter (d. 1835)
  • May 17 Anna Brownell Jameson, Anglo-Irish historian and writer (Loves of the Poets), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1860)
  • May 23 (Isaac) Ignaz Moscheles, Bohemian piano virtuoso, student of Beethoven, teacher of Mendelssohn, and composer, born in Prague, Bohemia (now Czech Republic) (d. 1870)
  • May 24 William Whewell, English polymath and philosopher (History of Inductive Science), born in Lancaster, Lancashire, England (d. 1866)

Cornelius Vanderbilt

May 27 Cornelius Vanderbilt, American shipping and railroad magnate (New York Central Railroad), born in Port Richmond, New York (d. 1877)

  • May 29 Johann Heinrich von M├Ądler, German astronomer (published the most complete map of the Moon of the time, Mappa Selenographica, 4 vol. with Wilhelm Beer), born in Berlin (d. 1874)