On This Day

Famous People Born in February 1820

  • Feb 1 George Hendric Houghton, American Protestant Episcopal clergyman (d. 1897)
  • Feb 2 Hans E Schack, Danish politician/writer (Phantasterne)
  • Feb 3 Elisha Kent Kane, US Arctic explorer (Kane Basin off NW Greenland)

Person of interestDoc Durant

Feb 6 Doc Durant [Thomas C. Durant], American financier and railroad promoter (Transcontinental Railroad-Union Pacific), born in Lee, Massachusetts (d. 1885)

Financier and Railroad Promoter Doc Durant
Financier and Railroad Promoter
Doc Durant

Person of interestWilliam Tecumseh Sherman

Feb 8 William Tecumseh Sherman, American Major General in the Union Army, born in Lancaster, Ohio (d. 1891)

  • Feb 13 (Albert) Béla Kéler, Hungarian composer, and conductor, born in Bártfa, Kingdom of Hungary (now Bardejov, Slovakia) (d. 1882)

Person of interestSusan B. Anthony

Feb 15 Susan B. Anthony, American social reformer and women's suffrage movement leader, born in Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1906)

Suffragette Susan B. Anthony
Suffragette
Susan B. Anthony
  • Feb 17 Henri Vieuxtemps, Belgian violin prodigy, composer, and teacher (Brussels Conservatory), born in Verviers, United Kingdom of the Netherlands (now Belgium) (d. 1881)
  • Feb 17 Elzéar-Alexandre Taschereau, Catholic cardinal (d. 1898)
  • Feb 20 Mahlon Dickerson Manson, American druggist politician and General (Union Army), born in Piqua, Ohio (d. 1895)
  • Feb 28 John Tenniel, English cartoonist and illustrator (Punch, Alice in Wonderland), born in London, England (d. 1914)
  • Feb 29 Adolf Schimon, Austrian German composer, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1887)