Famous People Born in 1811

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  • Jan 5 Cyrus Hamlin, educator/missionary (est Robert College, Turkey)
  • Jan 6 Charles Sumner, American leading Reconstruction senator, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1874)
  • Jan 9 Gilbert Abbott à Beckett, English writer (d. 1856)
  • Feb 3 Horace Greeley, editor ("Go west, young man")
  • Feb 6 Henry George Liddell, father of the Alice in Alice in Wonderland (d. 1898)
  • Feb 8 Edwin Denison Morgan, Sect of War (Confederacy), (d. 1883)
  • Feb 15 Domingo F Sarmiento, President of Argentina (1868-74)
  • Feb 23 George Washington Hewitt, composer
  • Feb 24 Daniel A Payne, Bishop/reformer/educator of AME Church
  • Feb 24 Edward Dickinson Baker, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in London, England (d. 1861)
  • Feb 25 Carl Schuberth, composer
  • Mar 1 Robert Christie Buchanan, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1878)
  • Mar 3 Vissarion Belinsky, Sveaborg Finland, Russian author (Literary Review)
  • Mar 7 Christian Heinrich Hohmann, composer
  • Mar 11 Marsena Rudolph Patrick, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hounsfield, New York (d. 1888)
  • Mar 11 Urbain Jean Joseph le Verrier, co-discoverer (Neptune)
  • Mar 15 Robert Allen, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in West Point, Ohio (d. 1886)
  • Mar 20 George Caleb Bingham, American politician/painter (Country Election)
  • Mar 20 Napoleon FKJ Bonaparte II, Napoleon's son/King of Rome
  • Mar 21 Nathaniel Woodard, English educationalist (d. 1891)
  • Mar 23 Camille Marie Stamaty, composer
  • Mar 23 Carl Gottfried Wilhelm Taubert, composer
  • Mar 30 Angelo Catelani, Italian composer/conductor

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Mar 30 Robert Bunsen, German chemist who invented the Bunsen Burner, born in Göttingen, Westphalia, Rhine Confederation (d. 1899)

Chemist Robert Bunsen
Chemist
Robert Bunsen
  • Apr 17 Ann Sheppard Mounsey, composer
  • Apr 21 Alson Sherman, American politician (d. 1903)
  • May 11 Chang & Eng Bunker, Chinese-Thai Siamese twins, born in Samutsongkram, Thailand (d. 1874)
  • May 11 Jean-Jacques Challet-Venel, member of the Swiss Federal Council (d. 1893)
  • May 24 Charles Clark, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1877)
  • Jun 7 James Young Simpson, Scottish obstetrician who popularized chloroform for medicinal use, born in Bathgate, West Lothian, Scotland (d. 1870)

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Jun 14 Harriet Beecher Stowe, American author (Uncle Tom's Cabin), born in Litchfield, Connecticut (d. 1896)

Abolitionist and Author Harriet Beecher Stowe
Abolitionist and Author
Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Jun 17 Jón Sigurðsson, Icelandic independence fighter and Icelandic historian (d. 1879)
  • Jun 19 Henry Prince, American Brigadier General (Union Army), (d. 1892)
  • Jun 21 Carlo Matteucci, Italian physicist (d. 1868)
  • Jun 24 John Archibald Campbell, Asst Secy War (Confederacy), (d. 1889)
  • Jul 11 Joseph Lanman, Comm (Union Navy), (d. 1874)
  • Jul 11 William Robert Grove, Welsh physicist and inventor of the first fuel cell, born in Swansea, Wales
  • Jul 18 William Makepeace Thackeray, England, Victorian novelist (Vanity Fair)
  • Jul 19 Vincenz Lachner, composer
  • Jul 20 James Bruce, earl of Elgin & Kincardine, governor (Jamaica)

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Aug 3 Elisha Otis, American founder of the Otis Elevator Company and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails, born in Halifax, Vermont (d. 1861)

Inventor and Elevator Industrialist Elisha Otis
Inventor and Elevator Industrialist
Elisha Otis
  • Aug 5 Ambroise Thomas, French opera composer (d. 1896)
  • Aug 6 Judah Philip Benjamin, Secy War/Secy State (Confederacy) [or Aug 11]
  • Aug 11 Judah P Benjamin, US lawyer/minister of Confederacy navy [or Aug 6]
  • Aug 17 Johannes H Scholten, Dutch theologist (Free Will)
  • Aug 20 Gilman Marston, American Brigadier General (Union Army) and politician (R-NH), born in Orford, New Hampshire (d. 1890)
  • Aug 21 William Kelly, American inventor (pneumatic process of steelmaking), born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (d. 1888)
  • Aug 25 Joseph Dana Webster, American civil engineer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Hampton, New Hampshire
  • Aug 26 Danville Leadbetter, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1866)
  • Aug 29 Henry Bergh, Founder of American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), born in NYC, New York (d. 1888)
  • Aug 31 Théophile Gautier, French writer, historian and poet (Albertus, La Chanson de Roland, Émaux et camées), born in Tarbes, France (d. 1872)

  • Aug 31 Goode Bryan, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Hancock County, Georgia (d. 1885)
  • Sep 3 John Humphrey Noyes, Vt, found Oneida Community (Perfectionists)
  • Sep 6 James Melville Gilliss, American astronomer and Founder of Naval Observatory in Washington, born in Georgetown, Washington (d. 1865)
  • Sep 6 Johanna D Courtmans-Berchmans, Flemish author (Rozeken Pot), born in Auderghem, Belgium (d. 1890)
  • Sep 7 William Hemsley Emory, American Major General (Union Army), born in Queen Anne's County, Maryland (d. 1887)
  • Sep 12 James Hall, American geologist and paleontologist (Natural history of NY), born in Hingham, Massachusetts (d. 1898)
  • Sep 15 Jan Nepomuk Skroup, composer
  • Sep 15 Willem J van Zeggelen, Dutch author
  • Sep 19 Orson Pratt, American religious leader (d. 1881)
  • Sep 28 Friedrich Hecker, Baden, German revolutionary republican politician
  • Sep 30 Augusta of Saxe-Weimar, Queen of Prussia and German Empress (d. 1890)
  • Oct 16 Gaetano Capocci, composer
  • Oct 17 Albertus C van Raalte, Dutch/US vicar (owned land in Mich)
  • Oct 18 Hugh Thompson Reid, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Union City, Indiana (d. 1874)

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Oct 22 Franz Liszt, Hungarian romantic composer and virtuoso pianist (Faust Symphony), born in Raiding, Hungary (d. 1886)

Composer/Pianist Franz Liszt
Composer/Pianist
Franz Liszt
  • Oct 24 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist/composer/conductor
  • Oct 25 Évariste Galois, French mathematician (Group theory), born in Bourg-la-Reine, France (d. 1832)
  • Oct 27 Isaac Singer, American inventor (1st practical home sewing machine), born in Pittstown New York (d. 1875)
  • Oct 27 Stevens T. Mason, First Governor of Michigan (1835-40), born in Leesburg, Virginia (d. 1843)
  • Nov 7 Karel Jaromír Erben, Czech poet (Bouquet), born in Miletín, Austria (d. 1870)
  • Nov 10 Louis Kufferath, German-Belgian composer, born in Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany (d. 1882)
  • Nov 11 Ben McCulloch, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • Nov 13 Yuri Karlovich Arnold, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Petrograd (d. 1898)
  • Nov 19 John Ancrum Winslow, Comm (Union Navy), (d. 1873)
  • Nov 21 Zeng Guofan, Chinese military (d. 1872)
  • Nov 24 Ditler G Monrad, Danish theologist/bishop/premier (1863- )
  • Nov 24 Ulrich Ochsenbein, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1890)
  • Nov 28 Maximilian II Jozef, king of Bayern (1848-64)
  • Nov 29 Wendell Phillips, women's suffrage/antislavery/prison reformer
  • Dec 2 Jean-Charles Chapais, French Canadian politician, Father of the Canadian Confederation (d. 1885)
  • Dec 8 Louis Alexander Balthasar Schindelmeisser, composer
  • Dec 18 Alexander Sandor Asboth, Hungarian-American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Keszthely, Hungary (d. 1868)
  • Dec 25 Wilhelm E Freiherr von Ketteler, German politician/bishop of Mainz