Famous People Born in 1817

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Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 8 John Selden Roane, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1867)
  • Jan 8 Sir Theophilus Shepstone, South African statesman (d. 1893)
  • Jan 14 Harmen S Sytstra, Dutch poet/editor (Iduna)
  • Jan 15 Lewis Golding Arnold, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 1871)
  • Jan 18 Jacques Gregoir, composer
  • Jan 31 Antony Winkler Prins, Dutch writer (Groiler Encyclopaedia)
  • Feb 2 John Glover, English chemist (sulfuric acid), born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England (d. 1902)
  • Feb 2 Jose Maria de la Purificacion Ventura, composer
  • Feb 3 Emile Racine Gauthier Prudent, composer
  • Feb 3 Samuel Ryan Curtis, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Champlain, New York (d. 1866)
  • Feb 3 Achille Ernest Oscar Joseph Delesse, French geologist (d. 1881)
  • Feb 7 LeRoy Pope Walker, American lawyer and 1st Confederate States Secretary of War (1861), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1884)
  • Feb 8 Richard Stoddert Ewell, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1872)
  • Feb 15 Charles F Daubigny, French restauranteur/painter
  • Feb 18 Lewis Addison Armistead, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • Feb 18 Walter Page Lane, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1892)

  • Feb 19 Willem III, last male King of the Netherlands (1849-90), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1890)
  • Feb 21 Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Vallodolid Spain, poet/dramatist (El rey Loco)
  • Feb 22 Niels Wilhelm Gade, Danish violinist/composer/conductor
  • Feb 22 Carl Wilhelm Borchardt, German mathematician (d. 1880)
  • Feb 23 George Watts, painter, born in London, England
  • Feb 28 James Craig, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Washington County, Pennsylvania (d. 1888)
  • Mar 1 Giovanni Duprè, Italian sculptor (d. 1882)
  • Mar 2 Janos Arany, Hungarian epic poet (Toldi, Death of King Buda)
  • Mar 4 Edwards Pierrepont, American statesman, jurist and lawyer; 34th United States Attorney General (d. 1892)
  • Mar 5 Austen H Layard, British archaeologist/diplomat
  • Mar 6 Princess Clémentine of Orléans (d. 1907)
  • Mar 19 Lewis Henry Little, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • Mar 22 Braxton Bragg, Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1876)
  • Mar 24 Aime Maillart, composer
  • Mar 26 Herman Haupt, American civil engineer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1905)
  • Mar 27 Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, Swiss botanist (famous for his work on plant cells), born in Kilchberg, Switzerland (d. 1891)
  • Mar 28 Mariano Soriano Fuertes y Piqueras, Spanish composer, born Murcia, Spain (d. 1880)
  • Mar 29 Konstantin Sergeyevich Aksakov, Russian historian and poet, born in Novo-Aksakovo, Russia (d. 1860)
  • Apr 1 Johannes J van Oosterzee, Dutch theologist
  • Apr 2 Teodulo Mabellini, Italian composer, born in Pistoia, Italy (d. 1897)
  • Apr 4 John Wilson Sprague, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in White Creek, New York (d. 1893)
  • Apr 13 Alphonse Wauters, Belgian historian/archivist (Brussels)
  • Apr 18 George Henry Lewes, English philosophical writer (Life of Goethe)
  • Apr 19 John Philip "Spanish John", Scottish painter, born in Aberdeen (d. 1865)
  • May 2 Zikmund Kolešovský, Czech composer, born in Prague, Czech Republic (d. 1868)

  • May 5 George Washington Julian, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana, born in Centerville, Indiana (d. 1899)
  • May 11 Fanny Cerrito, Italian ballet dancer (d. 1909)
  • May 14 Alexander Kaufmann, German poet (d. 1893)
  • May 15 Debendranath Tagore, Indian religious reformer (d. 1905)
  • May 18 James William Denver, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1892)
  • May 31 Edouard Deldevez, composer
  • May 31 Georg Herwegh, German poet, born in Stuttgart (d. 1875)
  • Jun 17 Thomas Maley Harris, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Wood County, West Virginia (d. 1906)
  • Jun 21 James Brewerton Ricketts, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1887)
  • Jun 26 Branwell Brontë [Patrick Branwell Brontë], English painter and writer and brother of the writers Charlotte, Emily and Anne, born in Thornton, West Yorkshire, England (d. 1848)
  • Jun 30 Joseph D Hooker, British botanist
  • Jul 6 Albert von Kölliker, Swiss anatomist (d. 1905)

Person of interestHenry David Thoreau

Jul 12 Henry David Thoreau, American naturalist and pacifist (Walden Pond), born in Concord, Massachusetts (d. 1862)

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist/Pacifist
Henry David Thoreau
  • Jul 15 John Fowler, English engineer (London Metropolitan Railway)
  • Jul 17 Ignace Leybach, French pianist and composer, born in Gambsheim, Alsace, France (d. 1891)
  • Jul 19 Mary Ann Bickerdyke, American army nurse (union), born in Knox County, Ohio (d. 1901)
  • Jul 21 John Gilbert, British artist, illustrator and engraver, born in Blackheath, Surrey (d. 1897)
  • Jul 21 Joseph K Barnes, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • Jul 24 Adolphe [Adolf Wilhelm August Karl Friedrich], Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1890-1905), born in Biebrich Palace, Wiesbaden, Duchy of Nassau (d. 1905)
  • Jul 29 James Blair Steedman, American Major General (Union Army), born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • Jul 31 Philip Cook Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1894)
  • Aug 3 Archduke Albrecht of Austria, Duke of Teschen (Battle at Custozza), born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1895)
  • Aug 13 Károly Thern, Hungarian composer, born in Spišská Nová Ves, Slovakia (d. 1886)
  • Aug 14 Alexander H. Bailey, American politician (d. 1874)
  • Aug 16 Henry Winter Davis, MC (Union), (d. 1865)
  • Aug 17 Joseph baron Kervyn de Lettenhove, Belgian Internal minister (1870-71)
  • Aug 24 Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian novelist, poet and playwright (Prince Serebrenni), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1875)
  • Sep 5 Aleksei K. Tolstoi, Russian poet and writer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1875) [NS]
  • Sep 6 Alexander Tilloch Galt, Canadian politician, a father of Canadian Confederation, born in Chelsea, England (d. 1893)
  • Sep 7 Louise of Hesse-Kassel, Queen of Denmark, born in Kassel, Electorate of Hesse, Imperial Confederate of Germany (d. 1898)
  • Sep 9 Speed Smith Fry, American lawyer, judge, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Mercer County, Kentucky (d. 1892)
  • Sep 13 John M. Palmer, American politician (U.S. Senator from Illinois) and American Civil War General (Union), born in Eagle Creek, Kentucky (d. 1900)
  • Sep 14 Theodor Storm, German judge and author (Imense China), born in Husum, Germany (d. 1888)
  • Sep 21 Carter L. Stevenson, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Fredericksburg, Virginia (d. 1888)
  • Sep 21 Charles Balmer, German composer, born in Gottingen, Germany (d. 1892)
  • Sep 23 Leon Charles Francois Kreutzer, composer
  • Sep 24 Ramón de Campoamor y Campoosorio, Spanish poet (Doloras), born in Navia, Spain (d. 1901)

Person of interestHiram R. Revels

Sep 27 Hiram R. Revels, 1st African American US Senator, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 1901)

Minister and US Senator Hiram R. Revels
Minister and US Senator
Hiram R. Revels
  • Oct 2 Gunnar Wennerberg, Swedish poet and composer, born in Lidköping, Sweden (d. 1901)
  • Oct 5 Eduard Franck, German composer, born in Breslau, Germany (d. 1893)
  • Oct 7 Bushrod Rust Johnson, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1880)
  • Oct 10 C. H. D. Buys Ballot, Dutch meteorologist (Buys Ballot's law), born in Kloetinge, Netherlands (d. 1890)
  • Oct 17 Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim leader, born in Delhi, Mughal Empire
  • Oct 17 Samuel Ringgold Ward, Maryland, minister/abolitionist (Fugitive Negro)
  • Oct 23 Pierre Athanase Larousse, French lexicographer (d. 1875)
  • Oct 24 Hippolyte Mège-Mouriés, French chemist and inventor of margarine, born in Draguignan, France (d. 1880)
  • Oct 27 Antoni de Kontski, Polish pianist and composer, born in Kraków, Poland (d. 1899)
  • Oct 30 Hermann Kopp, German chemist (Jahresbericht of Chemistry)
  • Nov 8 Claudius Wistar Sears, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1891)
  • Nov 8 Theodoor J Canneel, Flemish painter
  • Nov 9 Edward Richard Sprigg Canby, American Major General (Union Army), born in Piatt's Landing, Kentucky (d. 1873)
  • Nov 12 Carlo Pedrotti, composer
  • Nov 12 Martin Gustav Nottebohm, composer, born in Lüdenscheid, Westphalia (d. 1882)
  • Nov 12 Bahá'u'lláh, Prophet Founder of the Bahá'í Faith (d. 1892)
  • Nov 21 Richard B. Garnett, Confederate Brigadier General, born in Essex County, Virginia (d. 1863)
  • Nov 24 Juan de la Cruz Moreno Maisonave, Guatemala
  • Nov 25 John Bigelow, American statesman and author (d. 1911)

Person of interestTheodor Mommsen

Nov 30 Theodor Mommsen, German historian and scholar (Imperial Lives, Nobel Prize in Literature 1902), born in Garding, Duchy of Schleswig (d. 1903)

Historian Theodor Mommsen
Historian
Theodor Mommsen
  • Dec 2 Heinrich von Sybel, German historian (d. 1895)
  • Dec 8 Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish nobleman and politician (d. 1896)
  • Dec 19 James Jay Archer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) (d. 1864)