Famous People Born in 1809

  • Jan 1 John Pieter Heije, Dutch physician/writer/poet (Silver Fleet)
  • Jan 2 Friedrich Wilhelm Jahns, composer

Person of interestLouis Braille

Jan 4 Louis Braille, French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for the blind, born in Coupvray, France (d. 1852)

Braille Inventor Louis Braille
Braille Inventor
Louis Braille
  • Jan 15 Cornelia Connelly, founder (Society of the Holy Child Jesus), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Jan 15 Pierre Joseph Proudhon, French politician (libertarian socialist)
  • Jan 18 Richard Caswell Gatlin, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1896)

Person of interestEdgar Allan Poe

Jan 19 Edgar Allan Poe, American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1849)

  • Jan 20 Sebastian de Iradier, Spanish composer (La Paloma)
  • Jan 23 Veer Surendra Sai, Indian Freedom Fighter

Person of interestFelix Mendelssohn

Feb 3 Felix Mendelssohn [Jakob Ludwig Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy], German composer and pianist (Great Scherzos), born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1847)

Composer and Pianist Felix Mendelssohn
Composer and Pianist
Felix Mendelssohn
  • Feb 7 Frederik Paludan-Muller, Danish Romantic poet (Danserinden)

Person of interestAbraham Lincoln

Feb 12 Abraham Lincoln, American politician (R) 16th President (1861-65), born in Hardin County, Kentucky (d. 1865)

US President Abraham Lincoln
US President
Abraham Lincoln

Person of interestCharles Darwin

Feb 12 Charles Darwin, English naturalist (Origin of the Species) conceived the theory of evolution by natural selection, born in Shrewsbury, Shropshire (d. 1882)

Naturalist Charles Darwin
Naturalist
Charles Darwin

Person of interestCyrus McCormick

Feb 15 Cyrus McCormick, American inventor and businessman (mechanical reaper), born in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia (d. 1884)

Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper Cyrus McCormick
Inventor of the Mechanical Reaper
Cyrus McCormick
  • Feb 15 André Dumont, Belgian geologist, born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1857)
  • Feb 20 Albertus J Duymaer van Twist, gov-gen of Neth-Indies
  • Feb 20 Henry Walton Wessells, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Lietchfield, Connecticut (d. 1889)
  • Feb 24 Edwin H K Freiherr von Manteuffel, governor/viceroy (Elzas-Lutherian)
  • Feb 25 George Washington Cullom, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)
  • Mar 10 William David Porter, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1864)
  • Mar 15 Joseph Jenkins Roberts, 1st President of Liberia
  • Mar 15 Karl Josef von Hefele, German theologian (d. 1893)
  • Mar 19 Fredrik Pacius, composer
  • Mar 24 Joseph Liouville, French discover of transcendental numbers
  • Mar 27 Georges Eugene, Baron Haussmann, French administrator and architect, born in Paris (d. 1891)
  • Mar 31 Edward FitzGerald, England, writer (Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam)
  • Mar 31 Otto Jonas Lindblad, composer
  • Mar 31 Nikolai Gogol [Nikolay], Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist (Dead Souls, The Inspector-General), born in Sorochintsy, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1852)
  • Apr 1 Willem Ruys J Dz, Dutch ship owner
  • Apr 4 Benjamin Pierce, American mathematician and astronomer (Peirce's criterion for outliers), born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1880)
  • Apr 14 George W Vreede, Dutch lawyer/politician
  • Apr 15 Hermann Gunther Grassmann, mathematician
  • Apr 17 Philip St. George Cocke, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Bremo Bluff, Virginia (d. 1861)
  • Apr 20 John S. Preston, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Abingdon, Virginia (d. 1881)
  • Apr 21 Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter, Secy State (Confederacy)
  • Apr 23 Eugene-Prosper Prevost, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1872)
  • Apr 28 Conradus Leemans, Dutch archaeologist (d. 1893)
  • May 6 William Walker, composer
  • Jun 13 George Philip St Cooke, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Leesburg, Virginia (d. 1895)
  • Jun 15 François-Xavier Garneau, French-Canadian poet and historian (d. 1866)
  • Jun 18 Sylvanus William Godon, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1879)
  • Jun 27 François Certain Canrobert, French marshal and parliament member, born in Saint-Céré, France (d. 1895)
  • Jul 8 Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja)
  • Jul 10 Friedrich August Quenstedt, German geologist and paleontologist, born in Eisleben, Saxony (d. 1889)
  • Jul 28 Ormsby McKnight Mitchel, American astronomer and Union Major General, born in Union County, Kentucky (d. 1862)
  • Jul 30 Charles Chiniquy, Canadian Catholic priest who left the Roman Catholic Church and became a Presbyterian minister, born in Kamouraska, Quebec (d. 1899)
  • Aug 1 William Barret Travis, American lawyer and soldier (commander at Battle of the Alamo), born in Saluda County, South Carolina (d. 1836)

Person of interestAlfred Tennyson

Aug 6 Alfred Lord Tennyson, British Poet Laureate of Great Britain, born in Somersby, Lincolnshire (d. 1892)

  • Aug 27 Hannibal Hamlin, American attorney and 15th Vice President of U.S. (1861-65), born in Paris, Massachusetts (d. 1891)
  • Aug 29 Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., American physician and author (Old Ironsides), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • Aug 30 Adolf Friedrich Hesse, German composer, born in Wrocław, Poland (d. 1863)

  • Sep 4 Juliusz Slowacki, Polish poet (Trip to H Land), born in Kremenets, Russian Empire (d. 1849)
  • Sep 5 Manuel Montt Torres, President of Chile (851-61), born in Petorca, Chile (d. 1880)
  • Sep 9 William Radford, Commander (Union Navy), (d. 1890)
  • Sep 20 Sterling "Old Pap" Price, American lawyer, U.S. Army Brigadier General and politician (11th Governor of Missouri), born in Prince Edward County, Virginia (d. 1867)
  • Sep 21 Sophia Hawthorne, American writer, painter and illustator, born in Salem, Massachusetts
  • Sep 27 Raphael Semmes, Rear Admiral (Confederate Navy), (d. 1877)
  • Oct 2 Anton Emil Titl, composer
  • Oct 4 Albrecht F H, prince of Prussia
  • Oct 4 Robert Cumming Schenck, American Major General (Union Army), born in Franklin, Ohio (d. 1890)
  • Oct 11 Orson Squire Fowler, American phrenologist and lecturer, born in Cohocton, New York (d. 1887)
  • Oct 16 Francesco Schira, composer, born in Island of Malta (d. 1883)
  • Oct 22 Federico Ricci, composer
  • Oct 22 Volney E. Howard, American politician (d. 1889)
  • Oct 27 Peter Donders, Dutch Roman Catholic missionary to Suriname, born in Tilburg, Netherlands (d. 1887)
  • Nov 4 Benjamin Robbins Curtis, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1874)
  • Nov 9 Albert Taylor Bledsoe, American Episcopal priest and Confederate Army officer, born in Frankfurt, Kentucky (d. 1877)
  • Nov 13 John A. Dahlgren, US Navy officer and inventor (Civil war Dahlgren-cannon), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1870)
  • Nov 22 Benedict Augustin Morel, Austrian-French psychologist (dementia praecox), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1973)
  • Nov 23 Horatio Phillips Van Cleve, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Princeton, New Jersey (d. 1891)
  • Nov 26 Mariano Obiols, composer
  • Nov 27 Frances Anne "Fanny" Kemble, British Shakespearian actress (Juliet) and author, born in London, England (d. 1893)
  • Nov 30 Thomas Molleson Mudie, composer
  • Dec 3 Thomas Alfred Davies, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Black Lake, New York (d. 1899)
  • Dec 6 Stephen Thomas, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Bethel, Vermont (d. 1903)
  • Dec 16 Peter P van Bosse, Dutch attorney/liberal minister of Finance
  • Dec 19 Pierre-Joseph van Beneden, Belg, paleont (life cycle of tapeworms)
  • Dec 20 Friedrich Karl Kuhmstedt, composer

Person of interestKit Carson

Dec 24 Kit Carson, American frontiersman, Indian fighter and army officer, born in Madison County, Kentucky (d. 1868)

Frontiersman Kit Carson
Frontiersman
Kit Carson
  • Dec 26 William Nelson Pendleton, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1883)
  • Dec 29 Albert Pike, US attorney, soldier, writer, and freemason (Brigadier-General in the Confederate Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1891)

Person of interestWilliam Gladstone

Dec 29 William Ewart Gladstone, British statesman and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Liberal: 1868-74, 1880-86, 1892-94), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1898)

British Prime Minister William Gladstone
British Prime Minister
William Gladstone