On This Day

Famous People Born in 1796

  • Jan 7 Princess Charlotte Augusta of Wales (d. 1817)
  • Jan 21 John Gelinde van Blom, Frisian notary/author
  • Jan 22 Karl Claus, Russian chemist (d. 1864)
  • Jan 24 Nicholas Mori, Anglo-Italian violinist & conductor, born in London, England (d. 1839)
  • Jan 25 William McGillivray, Scottish naturalist & ornithologist, born in Old Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1852)
  • Feb 1 Abraham Emanuel Fröhlich, Swiss poet (d. 1865)
  • Feb 17 Giovanni Pacini, Italian composer of opera (Saffo), born in Catania, Sicily (d. 1867)
  • Feb 17 Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (d. 1866)
  • Feb 20 Eduard W van Dam van Isselt, Dutch military/liberal politician
  • Feb 22 Adolphe Quetelet, Belgian astronomer, mathematician and sociologist (body mass index scale), born in Ghent, French Republic (d. 1874)
  • Feb 22 Alexis Bachelot, French missionary (d. 1837)
  • Mar 24 John Corry Wilson Daly, Canadian politician (d. 1878)
  • Apr 10 James Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (Texas Revolution), born in Logan, Kentucky (d. 1836)
  • Apr 12 George N. Briggs, American lawyer and politician, 19th Governor of Massachusetts, born in Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1861)
  • Apr 24 Karl Leberecht Immermann, German writer, born in Magdeburg (d. 1840)
  • Apr 26 Auguste Mathieu Panseron, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1859)

Person of interestHorace Mann

May 4 Horace Mann, American educator, author and editor who pioneered public schools, born in Franklin, Massachusetts (d. 1859)

Father of American Education Horace Mann
Father of American Education
Horace Mann
  • May 4 Joseph Pannell Taylor, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1864)
  • May 4 William H. Prescott, American historian, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1859)
  • May 9 August Pauly, German writer (Real Encyclopedia), born in Benningen am Neckar, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1845)
  • May 17 Martinus Niewindt, Dutch Bishop of Curacao (advocate for fair treatment and abolition of slavery), born in Amsterdam (d. 1860)
  • May 21 Reverdy Johnson, American politician and jurist (Dred Scott v. Sandford), born in Annapolis, Maryland (d. 1876)
  • Jun 1 Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot, French mathematician (d. 1832)
  • Jun 14 Nikolai Brashman, Russian mathematician, born in Neu-Raußnitz, Austrian Empire (d. 1866)
  • Jun 22 Nikoli A Poveloi, Russian writer/publisher (Sotsjinenija) [OS]
  • Jun 25 Ferdinando Giorgetti, Italian composer, born in Florence, Italy (d. 1867)
  • Jul 3 Nikoli A Poveloi, Russian writer/publisher (Sotsjinenija) [NS]
  • Jul 6 Nicholas I Pavlovitch, tsar of Russia (1825-55), born in Gatchina Palace, Gatchina, Russian Empire (d. 1855)
  • Jul 15 Thomas Bulfinch, mythologist (Bulfinch's Mythology)
  • Jul 16 Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1875)
  • Jul 18 Feargus O'Connor, Leader of English Chartists, born in County Cork (d. 1855)
  • Jul 20 Edward Hodges, English organist and composer, born in Bristol (d. 1867)
  • Jul 23 Franz Adolf Berwald, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1868)
  • Jul 24 Herman van Sonsbeeck, Dutch lawyer and statesman, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1865)
  • Jul 24 John Middleton Clayton, U.S. Secretary of State (1849-50) and U.S. Senator from Delaware, born in Dagsboro, Delaware (d. 1856)
  • Jul 26 George Catlin, American author and painter (American Indian scenes), born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1872)

  • Jul 28 Ignaz Bösendorfer, Austrian musician (d. 1859)

Person of interestWalter Hunt

Jul 29 Walter Hunt, American inventor (safety pin, sewing machine), born in Martinsburg, New York (d. 1859)

Inventor Walter Hunt
Walter Hunt
  • Aug 25 James Lick, American land baron in California, born in Stumpstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1876)
  • Sep 19 Hartley Coleridge, English poet, born in Kingsdown, Bristol, England (d. 1849)
  • Sep 20 Franz Wilhelm Ferling, German oboist and composer (48 études for oboe), born in Halberstadt, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1874)
  • Sep 22 Ret Cornelius Kinchiloe Stribling, Comm (Union Navy), (d. 1880)
  • Sep 25 Antoine-Louis Barye, French sculptor, born in Paris (d. 1875)
  • Sep 28 David Walker, African-American abolitionist (Appeal to Colored Citizens), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1830)
  • Oct 4 John Richardson, Canadian writer (Wacousta, or the prophecy), born in Queenston, Ontario, Canada (d. 1852)
  • Oct 9 Joseph Bonomi the Younger, English artist and Egyptologist, born in London, England (d. 1878)
  • Oct 14 Adolf Ganz, German composer and violinist, born in Wiesbaden, Germany (d. 1870)
  • Oct 23 Stefano Franscini, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1857)
  • Oct 24 August von Platen, German poet, born in Ansbach, Germany (d. 1835)
  • Nov 6 George Back, English sea officer and explorer (North Canada), born in Stockport, Cheshire (d. 1878)
  • Nov 14 Carlo Conti, Italian composer, born in Arpino (d. 1868)
  • Nov 19 Johann Wilhelm Mangold, German composer, born in Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1875)
  • Nov 30 Carl Loewe, German composer, born in Löbejün, Germany (d. 1869)
  • Dec 9 Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, French composer, born in Verneuil, Eure, France (d. 1869)
  • Dec 17 Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Canadian novelist (The Clockmaker; or, The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick of Slickville), born in Windsor, Canada (d. 1865)
  • Dec 19 Manuel Breton de los Herreros, Quel Spain, poet/comic playwright
  • Dec 27 Mirza Ghalib, Indian poet (d. 1869)
  • Dec 29 Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1877)