On This Day

Famous People Born in 1804

Famous Birthdays

Person of interestGeorge Childress

Jan 8 George Childress, Lawyer, statesman (author of Texas Declaration of Independence), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 1841)

Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence George Childress
Author of the Texas Declaration of Independence
George Childress
  • Jan 12 Hippolyte Monpou, composer
  • Jan 13 Paul Gavarni, French caricaturist (d. 1866)
  • Jan 13 John Pringle Nichol, Scottish Astronomer and educator
  • Jan 14 John Park, Scottish composer & minister, born in Greenock, Renfrewshire (d. 1865)
  • Jan 16 Karl August Krebs, composer
  • Jan 20 Eugène Sue, French novelist (d. 1857)
  • Jan 21 Eliza Roxcy Snow, American poet (d. 1887)
  • Jan 31 Jozsef Bajza, Hungarian author/poet/critic
  • Feb 2 Leopold Eugen Mechura, composer
  • Feb 5 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finland, poet
  • Feb 6 Regnerus Livius van Andringa de Kempenaer, Dutch politician, born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands (d. 1813)

Person of interestJohn Deere

Feb 7 John Deere, American blacksmith and manufacturer (founded Deere & Company), born in Rutland, Vermont (d. 1886)

Deere & Company Founder John Deere
Deere & Company Founder
John Deere
  • Feb 8 Richard Lemon Lander, British explorer, born in Truro, Cornwall (d. 1834)
  • Feb 12 Heinrich Lenz, German physicist (d. 1865)
  • Feb 14 Otis Tufts, American machinist and inventor who built printing machines, steam engines, firefighting equipment and invented the steam pile driver, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1869)

  • Feb 16 Karl Theodor Ernst von Siebold, German physiologist (d. 1885)
  • Feb 17 Samuel Read Anderson, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1883)
  • Feb 19 Carl Freiherr von Rokitansky, German physician (d. 1878)
  • Feb 19 David Wark, Canadian politician (d. 1905)
  • Mar 8 Alvan Clark, American astronomer and maker of the Dearborn Observatory telescope, the largest telescope in the world at the time, born in Ashfield, Massachusetts (d. 1887)
  • Mar 14 Johann Strauss the Elder, Viennese violinist and composer (Radetzky March), born in Leopoldstadt, Austria (d. 1849)
  • Mar 17 James Bridger, scout/fur trader/mountain man par excellance
  • Mar 20 Neal Dow, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Portland, Maine (d. 1897)
  • Mar 30 Salomon Sulzer, composer
  • Apr 4 Joseph Fischhof, Czech-Austrian pianist and composer, born in Bučovice, Moravia (d. 1857)
  • Apr 23 Guillaume Nerenburger, Belgian general (Triangulatie of Belgium), born in Amsterdam (d. 1869)
  • Apr 24 Thomas Oliver Selfridge, American Navy Officer (d. 1902)
  • Apr 26 Charles Goodyear, American politician (D-NY), born in Cobleskill, New York (d. 1876)
  • May 1 Aleksey Stepanovich Khomyakov, Russian poet, born in Moscow (d. 1860) [NS 13/05]
  • May 5 Jacob Kats, Flemish writer (Earthly Paradise), born in Antwerp, Belgium (d. 1886)
  • May 12 Robert Baldwin, (L) help establish government in Canada (or 1904)
  • May 16 Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, American educator, founder of first English-language kindergarten in the US, born in Billerica, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • May 17 Ottho Gerhard Heldring, Dutch preacher and reformer (Heldring Institutions), born in Zevenaar, Netherlands (d. 1876)
  • May 22 John William Livingston, American Commander (Union Navy), born in NYC, New York (d. 1885)
  • May 31 Louise Farrenc, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1875)
  • Jun 1 Mikhail Glinka, Novosspaskoye Russia, composer ("Jota Aragonesa", "Ruslan and Ludmilla") [OS=May 20]
  • Jun 3 Richard Cobden, Sussex, founder (Anti-Corn-Law League)
  • Jun 6 Petter Conrad Boman, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1861)
  • Jun 8 Jan Baptist van Son, Dutch politician (RC), born in 's-Hertogenbosch, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands (d. 1875)
  • Jun 10 Hermann Schlegel, German ornithologist, born in Altenburg, Germany (d. 1884)

  • Jun 24 Stephan Endlicher, Austrian botanist, born in Pressburg (Pozsony), Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1849)
  • Jun 24 Willard Richards, American physician and religious leader, born in Hopkinton, Massachusetts (d. 1854)
  • Jul 1 George Sand [Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant], French novelist (Valentine, Le Figaro), born in Paris, France (d. 1876)
  • Jul 4 Désiré de Haerne, Belgian Catholic priest and Congressional leader, born in Ypres, Belgium (d. 1890)

Person of interestNathaniel Hawthorne

Jul 4 Nathaniel Hawthorne, American author (House of 7 Gables, The Scarlet Letter), born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1864)

  • Jul 10 Emma Smith, Inaugural President of the Women's Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, born in Harmony Township, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)
  • Jul 14 Ludwig A Benedek, Austrian general
  • Jul 20 Richard Owen, English zoologist (Dinosauria), born in Lancaster, England (d. 1892)
  • Jul 22 Victor Schoelcher, French writer (abolitionism), born in Paris (d. 1893)
  • Jul 25 Carlo Boncompagni di Mombello, Italian minister of Education, born in Turin, Italy (d. 1880)
  • Jul 28 Ludwig A Feuerbach, German philosopher (Man is what he eats)
  • Aug 6 Justinus van der Brugghen, Dutch lawyer and minister of Justice (1856-58), born in Nijmegen, Netherlands (d. 1863)
  • Aug 30 Aleksandr Polezhayev, Russian poet (Sasjka), born in Penza Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1638) [OS]
  • Sep 8 Eduard Friedrich Mörike, German poet, born in Ludwigsburg, Germany (d. 1875)
  • Sep 11 Aleksandr Polezhayev, Russian poet (Sasjka), born in Penza Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1638) [NS]
  • Sep 14 John Gould, British ornithologist and bird artist, born in Lyme Regis, Dorset (d. 1881)
  • Sep 14 Louis Désiré Maigret, French Catholic prelate, born in Saint-Pierre-de-Maillé, France (d. 1882)
  • Sep 23 David Van de Kellen, coin engraver
  • Oct 3 Townsend Harris, American diplomat (1st Western consul to reside in Japan), born in Washington County, New York (d. 1878)
  • Oct 3 Allan Kardec, French author and founder of Spiritism, born in Lyon, France (d. 1869)
  • Oct 4 Nicholas "Felix" Wanostrocht, English cricketer, born in Camberwell, London, England (d. 1876)
  • Oct 5 Robert Parker Parrott, American inventor (developed the rifled cannon known as the Parrott gun), born in Lee, New Hampshire (d. 1877)
  • Oct 10 Albin Masek, Czech composer, born in Prague (d. 1878)
  • Oct 18 Rama IV, [Phra Chomklao Chaoyuhua], king of Thailand (1851-68)
  • Oct 24 Wilhelm Eduard Weber, German physicist, born in Wittenberg, Germany (d. 1891)
  • Oct 26 Lorenzo Thomas, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in New Castle, Delaware (d. 1875)
  • Oct 28 Pierre F Verhulst, Belgian mathematician (logistic curve)
  • Nov 13 Theophilus Hunter Holmes, Lieutenant General (Confederate Army), born in Sampson County, North Carolina (d. 1880)
  • Nov 18 Alfonso Ferrero la Marmora, Italian general and statesman (d. 1878)

Person of interestFranklin Pierce

Nov 23 Franklin Pierce, 14th US President (Democrat: 1853-57), born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire (d. 1869)

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce
  • Nov 27 Julius Benedict, opera composer (Protoghesi), born in Stuttgart, Germany
  • Dec 10 Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, German mathematician, born in Potsdam, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1851)
  • Dec 13 Joseph Howe, Canadian politician (3rd Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia), born in Halifax, Nova Scotia (d. 1873)
  • Dec 16 Viktor Bunyakovsky, Russian mathematician (d. 1889)

Person of interestBenjamin Disraeli

Dec 21 Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1868, 1874-80) and writer, born in London (d. 1881)

British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli
British Prime Minister
Benjamin Disraeli
  • Dec 23 Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, French critic/writer (Informal Talk)