On This Day

Famous People Born in 1826

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 6 Herman Grimm, German writer & novelist (Ralph Waldo Emerson), born in Kassel, Hesse (d. 1901)
  • Jan 12 Charles Cruft, American teacher, lawyer, railroad executive, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Terre Haute, Indiana (d. 1883)
  • Jan 15 Mikhail Saltykov, Spas-Ugol Russia, satirist (Family of Noblemen)
  • Jan 22 [Merriwether] Jeff Thompson, Partisan (Confederate Army), (d. 1876)
  • Jan 25 Rembt Tobias Hugo Pieter Liebrecht Alexander van Boneval Faure, Dutch lawyer & politician, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1909)
  • Jan 26 Julia Dent Grant, 1st lady (1862-76)
  • Jan 27 Richard Taylor, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1879)
  • Feb 3 Walter Bagehot, England, economist/sociologist
  • Feb 4 Halbert Eleazer Paine, American lawyer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Chardon, Ohio (d. 1905)
  • Feb 9 John Alexander Logan, American political leader and Major General (Union Army), born in Murphysboro, Illinois (d. 1886)
  • Feb 15 George J Stoney, Irish physicist
  • Feb 16 Franz von Holstein, composer
  • Feb 16 Joseph V von Scheffel, German writer (Gaudeamus)
  • Mar 1 John Thomas, Welsh composer and harpist, born in Bridgend (d. 1913)
  • Mar 4 John Buford, American Major General (Union Army), born in Woodford County, Kentucky (d. 1863)
  • Mar 4 Theodore Judah, American railroad engineer (d. 1863)

  • Mar 9 Jean Joseph Bott, German violinist and composer, born in Kassel, Germany (d. 1895)
  • Mar 12 Robert Lowry, composer
  • Mar 14 William Fiske Sherwin, American composer, born in Buckland, Massachusetts (d. 1888)
  • Mar 17 Oskar Peschel, German journalist/geography (Volkerkunder)
  • Mar 20 Carel Vosmaer, Dutch art historian/poet/editor
  • Mar 23 Ludwig Minkus, Austrian ballet composer, born in Vienna (d. 1917)
  • Mar 29 Wilhelm Liebknecht, German socialist (Social Democratic Party), born in Giessen, Germany (d. 1900)
  • Apr 2 Philip Dale Roddey, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Moulton, Alabama (d. 1897)
  • Apr 4 Zénobe Gramme, Belgian electrical engineer (Gramme dynamo), born in Jehay-Bodegnée, Belgium (d. 1901)
  • Apr 6 Gustave Moreau, French painter
  • Apr 7 Johann Hermann Berens, composer
  • Apr 8 Pancha Carrasco, Costa Rican war heroine (Costa Rica's first woman in the military), born in Cartago, Costa Rica (d. 1890)
  • Apr 9 Thomas Hewson Neill, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1885)
  • Apr 20 Dinah Craik, English writer (John Halifax, Gentleman), born in Stoke-on-Trent (d. 1887)
  • Apr 26 George Hull Ward, American general and Union officer in the American Civil War, born in Worcester, Massachusetts (d. 1863)
  • Apr 26 Ambrose R. Wright, American Civil War General, born in Louisville, Georgia (d. 1872)
  • Apr 28 Alexander Stadtfeld, German composer, born in Wiesbaden, Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1853)
  • May 3 Charles XV, King of Sweden and Norway (1859-72), born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1872)
  • May 4 Frederick Edwin Church, American romantic landscape painter (Hudson River Sch), born in Hartford, Connecticut (d. 1900)
  • May 5 Eugénie de Montijo, Empress of France (1853-71), born in Granada, Kingdom of Spain (d. 1920)
  • May 7 Varina Howell Davis, First Lady of the Confederate States (1862-65), born in Natchez, Mississippi (d. 1906)
  • May 21 Danillo II, ruler of Montenegro
  • May 22 George Parr, English cricketer (legendary Notts batsman, 1st Eng touring capt), born in Radcliffe on Trent, Nottinghamshire, England (d. 1891)
  • May 29 Ebenezer Butterick, American inventor (tissue paper dress pattern), born in Sterling, Massachusetts (d. 1903)
  • Jun 1 Carl Bechstein, German piano inventor

  • Jun 1 Hermann Zopff, composer
  • Jun 5 Ivar Hallström, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1901)
  • Jun 6 Sarah Parker Remond, African-American abolitionist, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1894)
  • Jun 16 Constantin von Ettingshausen, Austrian geologist and botanist (d. 1897)
  • Jun 24 George Goyder, English surveyor-general of South Australia, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1898)
  • Jul 4 Green Clay Smith, American politician and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Richmond, Kentucky (d. 1895)

Person of interestStephen Foster

Jul 4 Stephen Foster, American composer (Oh! Susanna, Swanee River), born in Lawrenceville, Pennsylvania (d. 1864)

Father of American Music Stephen Foster
Father of American Music
Stephen Foster
  • Jul 8 Benjamin Henry Grierson, American Major General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1911)
  • Jul 8 Robert Kingston Scott, American governor of South Carolina (1868-1872) and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania (d. 1900)
  • Jul 10 Theodore Lajarte, French writer on music and composer, born in Bordeaux, France (d. 1890)
  • Jul 11 Alexander Afanasyev, Russian ethnographer and folklorist, born in Boguchar, Voronezh Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1871)
  • Jul 13 Stanislao Cannizzaro, Italian chemist (Reaction of Cannizzaro)
  • Jul 21 James Gillpatrick Blunt, American physician, abolitionist, and Major General (Union Army), born in Trenton, Maine (d. 1881)

Person of interestFrancisco Solano López

Jul 24 Francisco Solano López, President and Dictator of Paraguay (1862-70), born in Asunción, Paraguay (d. 1870)

Dictator of Paraguay Francisco Solano López
Dictator of Paraguay
Francisco Solano López
  • Aug 2 William Denison Whipple, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Madison County, New York (d. 1902)
  • Aug 6 Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian writer (Robbery Under Arms), born in London (d. 1915)
  • Aug 7 August Ahlqvist, Finnish poet (Suomalainen Runousoppi), born in Kuopio, Finland (d. 1889)
  • Aug 13 William Thomas Best, English organist and composer, born in Carlisle, Cumberland, England (d. 1897)
  • Aug 21 Karl Gegenbaur, German anatomist, born in Würzburg, Germany (d. 1903)
  • Aug 26 Princess Alexandra of Bavaria (d. 1875)
  • Aug 27 Frank Stillman Nickerson, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Swanville, Maine (d. 1917)
  • Aug 27 Hermann Kipper, German music teacher and composer, born in Koblenz, Germany (d. 1910)
  • Aug 28 Walter Cecil Macfarren, English pianist and composer, born in London (d. 1905)
  • Sep 4 Martin Wiberg, Swedish computer pioneer, born in Viby, Scania, Sweden (d. 1905)
  • Sep 5 John Wisden, England cricketer (prominent Sussex player), born in Brighton, Sussex, England (d. 1884)
  • Sep 6 Vladimir Nikitich Kashperov, Russian composer, born in Chufarovo, Russia (d. 1894)
  • Sep 8 Disma Fumagalli, Italian composer, born in Inzago, Milan, Italy (d. 1893)
  • Sep 9 Frederich I W L, Grand Duke of Baden (1856-1907)
  • Sep 9 Thomas John Lucas, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Dearborn County, Indiana (d. 1908)
  • Sep 17 G F Berhard Riemann, German mathematician (zeta-function)
  • Oct 7 William Brimage Bate, American Brigadier-General (Confederate Army) and 23rd Governor of Tennessee (1882-86)
  • Oct 8 Matt Whitaker Ransom, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Warren County, North Carolina (d. 1904)
  • Oct 13 Lafayette Curry Baker, American investigator spy and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Stafford, New York (d. 1868)
  • Oct 16 Piotr Studzinski, composer
  • Oct 22 Guglielmo Quarenghi, Italian composer and cellist, (d. 1882)
  • Oct 31 Hugh Boyle Ewing, American diplomat, author, attorney, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Lancaster, Ohio (d. 1905)
  • Nov 2 Robert Hopkins Hatton, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Steubenville, Ohio (d. 1862)
  • Nov 2 William Haines Lytle, US politician, poet and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1863)
  • Nov 3 Jasper Adalmorn Maltby, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Kingsville, Ohio (d. 1867)
  • Nov 13 Charles Frederick Worth, English fashion designer (House of Worth), born in Bourne, Lincolnshire (d. 1895)
  • Nov 17 John McArthur, Scottish-American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Erskine, Scotland (d. 1906)
  • Nov 24 Collodi, [Carlo Lorenzini], Italian author (Pinocchio)
  • Nov 30 George Washington Deitzler, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Pine Grove, Pennsylvania (d. 1884)
  • Dec 1 William Mahone, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1895)
  • Dec 3 Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer/musicologist

Person of interestGeorge McClellan

Dec 3 George McClellan, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1885)

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • Dec 5 John Benjamin Sanborn, American lawyer, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Epsom, New Hampshire (d. 1904)
  • Dec 8 Friedrich Siemens, German industrialist
  • Dec 18 Charles-A Chatrian, [Erckmann-C], French writer (L'ami Fritz)
  • Dec 18 Mercer Brooke John, (Confederate Navy), (d. 1906)
  • Dec 21 Ernst Pauer, Austrian composer and pianist, born in Vienna (d. 1905)
  • Dec 22 James Scott Negley, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1901)
  • Dec 24 Ignacy Krzyzanowski, Polish composer, born in Opatów, Poland (d. 1905)
  • Dec 26 Franz Coenen, composer
  • Dec 26 Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch publisher (Van Dale) and founder (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1894)
  • Dec 28 Conrad Busken Huet, Dutch vicar/literary (Country of Rubens)
  • Dec 31 Henry Hiles, English composer, born in Shrewsbury (d. 1904)