On This Day

Famous People Born in May 1831

  • May 1 Emily Stowe, Canadian suffragist and first woman licensed to practise medicine in Canada, born in Norwich Township, Oxford County, Ontario (d. 1903)
  • May 13 Willem baron of Goltstein of Oldenaller, Dutch minister of Colonies

Person of interestDavid Edward Hughes

May 16 David Edward Hughes, British-American inventor (microphone, teleprinter), born in either London, England or Corwen, Wales (d. 1900)

  • May 24 Richard Hoffman, English-American composer, born in Manchester, England (d. 1909)
  • May 28 Eliza Ann Gardner, African-American abolitionist and religious leader, born in NYC, New York (d. 1922)