On This Day

Famous People Born in 1847

  • Jan 4 Hendrik Goeman Borgesius, Dutch politician
  • Jan 20 William R. Pettiford, African American minister and banker, founder of the Alabama Penny Savings Bank, born in Granville county, North Carolina (d. 1914)
  • Jan 28 George Wright, American Baseball HOF shortstop (NA pennant 1872-75 Boston Red Stockings; NL pennant 1877-78 Boston Red Caps, 1879 Providence Grays), born in Yonkers, New York (d. 1937)
  • Feb 2 Jules Francois Blasini, Curacaos pianist/composer
  • Feb 7 Ernst Franck, German composer/conductor
  • Feb 8 Hugh Price Hughes, Welsh social reformer, born in Carmarthen, Wales (d. 1902)
  • Feb 10 A. N. Hornby, English cricket batsman & captain (3 Tests; Lancashire CCC) and rugby union utility back & captain (9 Tests; Lancashire CRFC), born in Blackburn, England (d. 1925)

Thomas Edison

Feb 11 Thomas Edison, American inventor (lightbulb, phonograph, motion picture camera), born in Milan, Ohio (d. 1931)

  • Feb 14 Anna Howard Shaw, American suffragette, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1919)
  • Feb 14 Maria Pia of Savoy, Queen of Portugal, born in Roal Palace, Turin, Sardinia (d. 1911)
  • Feb 15 Robert Fuchs, Austrian composer, and teacher (Vienna Conservatory, 1875-1912), born in Frauental, Austria (d. 1927)
  • Feb 16 (Ludwig) Philipp Scharwenka, German pianist, composer (Sakuntala; Album polonaise), and educator, born in Samter, Grand Duchy of Posen, Kingdom of Prussia (now of Szamotuły, Poland) (d. 1917)
  • Feb 25 John Watson, Canadian philosopher (Objective Idealism)
  • Feb 27 Ellen Alice Terry, British Shakespearean actress and director (Imperial Theatre), born in Coventry, Warwickshire, England (d. 1928)

Alexander Graham Bell

Mar 3 Alexander Graham Bell, Scottish-born British-American inventor (telephone), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1922)

  • Mar 4 Carl Josef Bayer, Austrian chemist (invented Beyer Process to produce aluminium), born in the Duchy of Upper and Lower Silesia (now Poland) (d. 1904)
  • Mar 8 Carl von Bach, German mechanical engineer, born in Stollberg / Erzgeb (d. 1931)

Kate Sheppard

Mar 10 Kate Sheppard, New Zealand suffragette and the most prominent member of New Zealand's women's suffrage movement, born in Liverpool, England (d. 1934)

  • Mar 14 Antonio de Castro Alves, Brazilian poet (Espumas Flutuantes), born in Muritiba, Brazil (d. 1871)
  • Mar 19 Constantin Dimitrescu, Romanian composer (Dans ţănănesc), born in Blejoi, Romania (d. 1928)
  • Mar 20 Gavriil Musicescu, Romainian composer, born in Izmail, Bessarabia Governorate, Russian Empire (now Ukraine) (d. 1903)
  • Mar 23 Alexandru D Xenopol, Romania, historian
  • Mar 27 Otto Wallach, German chemist (Nobel 1910), born in Königsberg, Germany (d. 1931)
  • Mar 31 Jarolslaw Zielinski, composer
  • Mar 31 Yegor Ivanovich Zolotarev, Russian mathematician (d. 1878)
  • Apr 1 Jules-Nicolas Crevaux, French explorer (South America)
  • Apr 7 J. P. [Jens Peter] Jacobsen, Danish writer (Niels Lyhne), born in Thisted, Jutland (d. 1885)
  • Apr 9 Paolo Tosti, Italian composer, born in Ortona, Italy (d. 1916)
  • Apr 9 Francis William Davenport, English composer, born in Wilderslowe, Derby (d. 1925)
  • Apr 10 Charles Swinnerton Heap, English composer, born in Birmingham, England (d. 1900)

Joseph Pulitzer

Apr 10 Joseph Pulitzer, Hungarian-American publisher (St Louis Post-Dispatch, NY World) and Democratic politician whose bequest founded the Columbia School of Journalism and the Pulitzer Prize, born in Makó, Kingdom of Hungary (d. 1911)

  • Apr 13 Cornelis Pijnacker Hordijk, Dutch jurist and Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1888-93), born in Wadenoijen, Netherlands (d. 1908)
  • Apr 16 Hans Auer, Swiss-Austrian architect, born in Wädenswil, Switerland (d. 1906)

Archibald Primrose

May 7 Archibald Primrose, 5th Earl of Rosebery, British Prime Minister (Liberal: 1894-95), born in London (d. 1929)

  • May 10 Wilhelm Killing, German mathematician (d. 1923)
  • May 13 Johannes Haarklou, Norwegian organist, composer, and educator, born in Haukedalen, Norway
  • May 25 Alphonse Goovaerts, Belgian composer and musicologist (Histoire et Bibliographie de la Typographie Musicale dans les Pays-Bas), born in Antwerp, Belgian (d. 1922)
  • May 25 John Alexander Dowie, Scottish-American evangelist (founded the city of Zion, Illinois), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1907)
  • May 30 Alice Stopford Green, Irish historian and proponent of Irish independence, born in Kells, Ireland (d. 1929)
  • Jun 6 Gerben Postma [Ids], Frisian writer (Swealtsjeblommen)
  • Jun 8 Ida McKinley, US First Lady (1897-1901) and wife of the 25th US President William McKinley, born in Canton, Ohio (d. 1907)
  • Jun 11 Millicent Fawcett, English leader of women's rights, born in London (d. 1929)
  • Jun 24 Gaston Salvayre, French composer, born in Toulouse, France (d. 1916)
  • Jun 28 Sveinbjörn Sveinbjörnsson, Icelandic composer (Lofsöngur - National Anthem of Iceland), born in Seltjarnarnes, Iceland (d. 1927)
  • Jun 30 Jacob Theodoor Cremer, Dutch tobacco magnate and administrator for the Deli Company in Sumatra, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1923)
  • Jul 2 Marcel Bertrand, French geologist and mine engineer (tectonic geology), born in Paris (d. 1907)

James Anthony Bailey

Jul 4 James Anthony Bailey, American circus ringmaster and showman (Barnum & Bailey), born in Detroit, Michigan (d. 1906)

  • Jul 5 Agnes Zimmermann, German composer, born in Cologne, Germany (d. 1925)
  • Jul 20 Max Liebermann, German impressionist painter
  • Jul 31 Ignatio Cervantes, Cuban pianist and composer (Danzas Cubanas), born in Havana (d. 1905)
  • Aug 1 Guido Papini, Italian violinist and composer, born in Camaiore, Italy (d. 1912)
  • Aug 3 Jan de Louter, Dutch lawyer and tutor of Dutch Queen Wilhelmina, born in Amersfoort, Netherlands (d. 1932)
  • Aug 9 Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo, Queen consort of Spain (1870-73), born in Paris (d. 1876)
  • Aug 14 Robert Comtesse, Swiss politician and member of the Swiss Federal Council (1899-1912), born in Valangin, Sweden (d. 1922)
  • Aug 20 Bolesław Prus, Polish writer (The Outpost), born in Hrubieszów, Congress Poland (d. 1912)
  • Aug 20 Andrew Greenwood, English cricket batsman (2 Tests, HS 49; Yorkshire CCC), born in Huddersfield, England (d. 1889)
  • Aug 22 Alexander Campbell Mackenzie, Scottish composer, born in Edinburgh (d. 1935)
  • Aug 23 Sarah Frances Whiting, American physicist and astronomer, born in Wyoming, New York (d. 1927)
  • Aug 27 Gustave J Waffelaert, Flemish theologist and bishop of Bridge, born in Rollegem, Belgium (d. 1931)
  • Aug 31 Arthur Verhaegen, Belgian architect and worker's union leader, born in Brussels (d. 1917)
  • Sep 2 Roger Wolcott, 39th Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1900)

Jesse James

Sep 5 Jesse James, American outlaw and son of a clergyman, born in Kearney, Missouri (d. 1882)

  • Sep 13 Charles Dupee Blake, American composer, born in Walpole, Massachusetts (d. 1903)
  • Sep 14 William Edward Ayrton, English Physicist and Inventor, born in London, England (d. 1908)
  • Sep 16 Albert Ross Parsons, American composer, born in Sandusky, Ohio (d. 1933)
  • Sep 20 Sergey Nechayev, Russian Nihilist (Catechism Revolutionary), born in Ivanovo, Russia (d. 1882)
  • Sep 30 Wilhelmina E Drucker [Lensing], Dutch feminist
  • Oct 1 Annie Besant, English social reformer and supporter of Indian independence, born in London (d. 1933)

Paul von Hindenburg

Oct 2 Paul von Hindenburg, German WW1 general and President of Germany (1925-34), born in Posen, Duchy of Posen, Prussia (d. 1934)

  • Oct 6 Adolf von Hildebrand, German sculptor, born in Marburg, Germany (d. 1921)
  • Oct 8 Rose Scott, Australian social reformer and suffragette, born in Glendon, New South Wales, Australia (d. 1925)
  • Oct 9 Andre Dumont, Belgian mine engineer (Limburg's coal basin), born in Liège, Belgium (d. 1920)
  • Oct 9 Stephanus Jacobus du Toit, South African theologist and journalist (Afrikaner Bond), born in Paarl, South Africa (d. 1911)
  • Oct 10 Gheorghe Dima, Romanian composer, born in Șcheii Brașovului, Romania (d. 1925)
  • Oct 21 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian playwright and librettist (Puccini's La Bohème; Madama Butterfly, and Tosca), born in Colleretto Parella, Kingdom of Sardinia (now Italy) (d. 1906)
  • Oct 22 Jacobus Herculas de la Rey, Boer leader in the South African War (1899–1902), born in Winburg, South Africa (d. 1914)
  • Oct 31 Galileo Ferraris, Italian physicist and electrical engineer, born in Livorno Ferraris, Italy (d. 1897)
  • Nov 1 Emma Albani, Canadian operatic soprano, born in Chambly, United Province of Canada (d. 1930)
  • Nov 2 Georges Sorel, French philosopher and theorist of Sorelianism, born in Cherbourg, France (d. 1922)

Bram Stoker

Nov 8 Bram Stoker, Irish theater manager and author (Dracula), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1912)

  • Nov 8 Jean Casimir-Périer, French politician (President of France 1894-95), born in Paris (d. 1907)
  • Nov 16 Edmund James Flynn, Canadian politician (10th Premier of Quebec), born in Percé, Canada (d. 1927)
  • Nov 26 Maria Feodorovna, Princess of Denmark and Empress of Russia, born in Yellow Palace, Copenhagen, Denmark (d. 1928)
  • Nov 30 August Klughardt, German composer, born in Köthen, Germany (d. 1902)
  • Dec 1 Agathe Backer Grøndahl, Norwegian pianist, composer, and teacher, born in Holmestrand, Norway (d. 1907)
  • Dec 2 Deacon White, American Baseball Hall of Fame catcher (NL batting champion, RBI leader 1877); Boston Red Stockings), born in Caton, New York (d. 1939)
  • Dec 7 Solomon Schechter, Moldavian-American Talmudic scholar and rabbi, born in Focşani, Moldavia (d. 1915)
  • Dec 9 George Grossmith, British actor, comedian and writer (The Diary of a Nobody, A Society Clown), born in London, England (d. 1912)
  • Dec 16 Augusta Holmes, Irish-French pianist and composer, born in Paris, France (d. 1903)
  • Dec 17 Émile Faguet, French writer and critic (d. 1916)
  • Dec 30 John Peter Altgeld, German-American politician (Governor of Illinois, 1893-97), known for pardoning of Haymarket anarchists, born in Selters, Duchy of Nassau (now Germany) (d. 1902)