On This Day

Famous People Born in 1803

  • Jan 2 Gugliemo Libri, [della Somaia], Ital/Fren mathematician/book collector
  • Jan 3 Douglas William Jerrold, author/playwright/wit (Punch Mag), born in London, England
  • Jan 6 Henri Herz, Austrian pianist and composer, born in Vienna (d. 1888)
  • Jan 9 Christopher Gustavus Memminger, Secy Treas (Confederacy) (d. 1888)
  • Jan 15 Marjory Fleming, Scottish writer and poet (d. 1811)
  • Jan 29 James Outram, Bulterley Hall Derbyshire, general
  • Feb 2 Albert Sidney Johnston, Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • Feb 15 John Augustus Sutter, Swiss/US colonist (New Helvetia Ca, Sutter Mill)
  • Feb 20 Friedrich Theodor Frohlich, composer
  • Mar 22 Anthonie Waldrop, Dutch painter/lithographer
  • Apr 2 Franz Paul Lachner, German composer, born in Rain, Swabia, Germany (d. 1890)
  • Apr 7 Flora Tristan, French writer and social activist, born in Paris (d. 1844)
  • Apr 7 James Curtiss, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1859)
  • Apr 14 Friedrich von Amerling, Austrian painter, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1887)
  • Apr 18 Charles Ferdinand Pahud, Governor General of the Dutch East Indies (1856-61), born in Amsterdam (d. 1873)
  • Apr 21 Levin Minn Powell, American Commander (Union Navy), born in Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia (d. 1885)

  • Apr 23 Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian minister of Justice, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1888)
  • Apr 27 Alfred Julius Becher, Austrian journalist and composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 1848)

Person of interestJames Brooke

Apr 29 James Brooke, British adventurer and 1st Rajah of Sarawak (1841-68), born in Bandel, near Calcutta, Bengal, British India (d. 1868)

1st White Rajah of Sarawak James Brooke
1st White Rajah of Sarawak
James Brooke
  • Apr 30 Albrecht von Roon, Prussian soldier and statesman (Minister of War), born in Pleushagen, Poland (d. 1879)
  • May 7 Johan Peter Cronhamm, Swedish composer, born in Östra Karup, Skåne, Sweden (d. 1875)
  • May 8 Joseph Napoleon Ney, French politician, born in Paris (d. 1857)
  • May 12 Justus von Liebig, German agricultural and biological chemist who is considered the founder of organic chemistry, born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1973)
  • May 17 Robert Smith Surtees, British novelist (Jorrocks’s Jaunts and Jollities), born in The Riding, England (d. 1864)
  • May 24 Charles Lucien Bonaparte, French prince of Canino and Musignano, born in Paris (d. 1857)
  • May 24 Alexander von Nordmann, Finnish zoologist, born in Kotka, Finland (d. 1866)

Person of interestRalph Waldo Emerson

May 25 Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and philosopher (Concord Hymn), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1882)

Lecturer and Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lecturer and Poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Jun 4 Gabriel J. Rains, American army officer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in New Bern, North Carolina (d. 1881)
  • Jun 10 Henry Darcy, French hydraulic engineer (Darcy's Law), born in Dijon, France (d. 1858)
  • Jun 24 George James Webb, English-American composer, born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England (d. 1887)
  • Jun 29 John Newton Brown, American publisher and Baptist teacher, born in New London, Connecticut (d. 1868)
  • Jun 30 Thomas Lovell Beddoes, English poet (Death's Jest-Book), born in Clifton, Somerset, England (d. 1849)
  • Jul 12 Peter Chanel, French priest and saint, born in Montrevel-en-Bresse, Ain, France (d. 1841)
  • Jul 20 Jakob Zeugheer, Swiss composer, born in Zürich (d. 1865)
  • Jul 23 Johann Vesque von Püttlingen, Austrian lawyer and composer, born in Lubomirski Palace, Opole Lubelskie, Poland (d. 1883)
  • Jul 24 Alexander Jackson Davis, American architect (gothic revivalist), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)

Person of interestJohn Ericsson

Jul 31 John Ericsson, Swedish-American inventor (screw propeller, rotating turret), born in Långban, Sweden

Mechanical Inventor John Ericsson
Mechanical Inventor
John Ericsson
  • Aug 3 Joseph Paxton, English landscape architect (Crystal Palace), born in Milton Bryan, Bedfordshire (d. 1865)
  • Aug 13 Vladimir Odoevsky, Russian philosopher and writer, born in Moscow (d. 1869)
  • Aug 15 James Douglas, The Father of British Columbia, born in Demerara, Guyana (d. 1877)
  • Aug 18 Nathan Clifford, American statesman, diplomat, and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1881)
  • Aug 25 Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, Duque de Caxias and Brazilian military leader, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1880)
  • Aug 27 Edward Beecher, American theologian, born in East Hampton, New York (d. 1895)
  • Sep 1 Jacobus T Abels, Dutch painter
  • Sep 3 Alexander Gurilyov, Russian composer, born in Moscow, Russia (d. 1858)
  • Sep 3 Prudence Crandall, American educator and founder of School for "young ladies of colour", born in Hopkinton, Rhode Island (d. 1890)
  • Sep 4 Sarah Childress Polk, Wife of the 11th President of the United States, James K. Polk (1845-1849), born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (d. 1891)
  • Sep 19 Maria Anna of Savoy, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, born in Palazzo Colonna, Rome, Papal States (d. 1884)
  • Sep 27 Samuel Francis DuPont, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 1865)
  • Sep 28 Prosper Mérimée, French author (Carmen), born in Paris (d. 1870)
  • Sep 29 Charles-Francois Sturm, French mathematician (Sturm's Theorem)
  • Sep 29 Mercator Cooper, American sea captain (d. 1872)
  • Oct 3 John Gorrie, American scientist and inventor (cold-air process of refrigeration), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1855)
  • Oct 6 Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, Prussian physicist and meteorologist, born in Legnica, Poland (d. 1879)
  • Oct 11 Albartus Telting, Frisian poet (Frisianch Jierboeckjen), born in Franeker, Netherlands (d. 1863)
  • Oct 21 George Wright, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Norwich, Vermont (d. 1865)
  • Oct 25 Maria van Ackere-Doolaeghe, Flemish poet (Daisies, Avondlamp), born in Diksmuide, Belgium (d. 1884)
  • Nov 14 Jacob Abbott, American writer (d. 1879)
  • Nov 18 Cornelis Broere, Dutch Roman Catholic priest and poet, born in Amsterdam (d. 1860)

Person of interestChristian Doppler

Nov 29 Christian Doppler, Austrian physicist (Doppler effect), born in Salzburg, Austria (d. 1853)

  • Nov 29 Gottfried Semper, German architect (d. 1879)
  • Dec 4 Augustus Zerega diZerega, Martinique, ship owner (Red Z Lane)
  • Dec 5 Fyodor Tyutchev, Russian poet and statesman, born in Bryansk, Oryol Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1873)
  • Dec 7 Maria Josepha of Saxony, Queen consort of Spain, born in Dresden Castle, Dresden, Saxony (d. 1829)
  • Dec 11 Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphony Fantastic), born in La Côte-Saint-André, France (d. 1869)
  • Dec 18 William Allen, (Rep/Gov-Oh)
  • Dec 22 Joseph King Fenno Mansfield, American Major General (Union Army), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1862)
  • Dec 27 John ACA van Nispen Sevenaer, Member of Dutch 2nd parliament (1848-75)