Famous People Born in May 1797

Abraham GesnerAbraham Gesner (1797-1864)

May 2 Canadian geologist (inventor of kerosene), born in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia

  • May 6 Joseph Brackett, American religious leader (Shakers) and composer (Simple Gifts), born in Cumberland, Maine (d. 1882)
  • May 12 Johann Hermann Kufferath, German composer, born in Mülheim an der Ruhr (d. 1864)
  • May 18 Frederick Augustus II, King of Saxony (1836-54)
  • May 19 Maria Isabel of Portugal, queen of Spain (d. 1818)
  • May 30 Johann Christian Lobe, German composer, born in Weimar, Germany (d. 1881)