Famous People Born in 1850

  • Jan 5 Theodoor Verstraete, Flemish painter/etcher
  • Jan 6 Eduard "Ede" Bernstein, German marxist (New Era)
  • Jan 6 Franz Xaver Scharwenka, German pianist/composer (Mataswintha)
  • Jan 10 John Wellborn Root, American architect (d. 1891)
  • Jan 11 J C Arthur, botanist (studied rusts), born in Lowville, New York
  • Jan 11 Philipp la Renotiere von Ferrary, famous philatelist
  • Jan 13 Leon Francis Victor Caron, composer
  • Jan 14 Jean de Reszke, [Jan Mieczyslaw], Polish tenor
  • Jan 14 Pierre Loti, French writer (d. 1923)
  • Jan 15 Mihail Eminesco, [Eminovici], Romanian poet (Samanul Dionis)
  • Jan 15 Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician. (d. 1891)
  • Jan 17 Alexander Sergeyevich Taneyev, composer, born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • Jan 18 Seth Low, American politician (d. 1916)

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Jan 27 Samuel Gompers, American labor union leader (American Federation of Labor), born in London, England

Founder of the American Federation of Labor Samuel Gompers
Founder of the American Federation of Labor
Samuel Gompers
  • Jan 27 Edward J. Smith, English captain of the Titanic (d. 1912)
  • Jan 29 Ebenezer Howard, pioneer of garden cities, born in London, England
  • Jan 29 Lawrence Hargrave, inventor (box kite)
  • Feb 2 Carel V Gerritsen, Dutch free thinker
  • Feb 12 Amaat Vyncke, Flemish missionary (Flemish Flag)
  • Feb 16 Octave Mirbeau, French writer (Journal of a Lady's Maid)
  • Feb 17 Anton Urspruch, composer
  • Feb 17 Ludwig Bonvin, composer
  • Feb 18 George Henschel, composer
  • Feb 20 Nérée Beauchemin, Canadian physician and poet (d. 1931)
  • Feb 22 Isaac L Rice, German (namesake of Columbia Univ's Rice stadium)
  • Feb 23 César Ritz, Swiss hotelier (d. 1918)
  • Feb 27 Henry Edwards Huntington, American railroad exec
  • Feb 28 Hermann Schell, German theologist/philosopher (Gott und Geist)
  • Mar 5 Daniel Brink Towner, American hymn composer (d. 1919)

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Mar 7 Tomáš Masaryk, Czech philosopher and 1st President of Czechoslovakia (1918-35), born in Hodonín, Austrian Empire (d. 1937)

Father of Czechoslovakia Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
Father of Czechoslovakia
Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk
  • Mar 7 Champ Clark, American politician (d. 1921)
  • Mar 9 Alexandre Luigini, composer
  • Mar 10 Mary Mills Patrick, American author and 1st President of Istanbul Woman's College, born in Canterbury, New Hampshire (d. 1940)
  • Mar 10 Spencer Gore, British tennis player and cricketer (d. 1906)
  • Mar 13 Emilio Serrano y Ruiz, composer
  • Mar 24 Silas Hocking, British novelist and preacher (d. 1935)
  • Mar 26 Edward Bellamy, author (Looking Backward)
  • Apr 8 William H. Welch, American pathologist who founded John Hopkins Hospital, born in Norfolk, Connecticut (d. 1934)
  • Apr 9 Herman Zumpe, composer
  • Apr 13 Arthur Matthew Weld Downing, British astronomer (d. 1917)
  • Apr 15 John Munroe Longyear, American capitalist/bank president
  • Apr 16 Herbert Baxter Adams, American historian (American Historical Association)
  • Apr 19 Edward John Gregory, painter/engraver
  • Apr 19 Theo Mann-Bouwmeester, Dutch actress (Pink Bernd, Hedda Gabler), born in Zutphen, Gelderland, Netherlands (d. 1939)
  • Apr 20 Daniel Chester, French/American sculptor (Minute Man)
  • Apr 27 Hans Hartwig von Beseler, German general (d. 1921)
  • May 1 Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, Governor General of Canada (d. 1942)
  • May 8 Ross Barnes, baseball player (d. 1915)
  • May 10 Thomas Johnstone Lipton, yachtsman/tea magnate (Lipton Tea), born in Glasgow, Scotland
  • May 12 Henry Cabot Lodge, U.S. statesman (d. 1924)
  • May 16 Arthur Henry Mann, organist/composer

  • May 17 Antonio Scontrino, composer
  • May 18 Oliver Heaviside, physicist (predicted ionosphere), born in London, England
  • May 20 Eaton Faning, composer
  • May 21 Giuseppe Mercalli, Italian volcanologist (d. 1914)
  • May 22 Johann Schrammel, composer
  • May 24 Ernest Albert Waterlow, water-color painter
  • May 26 Christine [Elizabeth C] Poolman, Dutch actress (Mother, Een danstragedie, Stupid force) (d. 1930)
  • May 27 Thomas Neill Cream, serial killer (Lambeth poisoner), born in Glasgow, Scotland (d. 1892)
  • Jun 5 Pat Garrett, American Western lawman (d. 1908)
  • Jun 6 Karl F Braun, German co-developed wireless telegraphy (Nobel 1909)
  • Jun 18 Richard Heuberger, composer
  • Jun 19 David Jayne Hill, American diplomat (d. 1932)

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Jun 24 Horatio Kitchener, British General who commanded British forces during the Battle of Omdurman (Sudan) and the Second Boer War who became British Secretary of State for War during WWI (1914-16), born in Ballylongford, County Kerry, Ireland (d. 1916)

General and Secretary of War Horatio Kitchener
General and Secretary of War
Horatio Kitchener
  • Jun 27 Ivan Vazov, Bulgaria, poet/novelist/playwright (Under the Yoke)
  • Jun 27 Jacob Adolf Hagg, composer
  • Jun 27 Lafcadio Hearn, American journalist/author (Chita)
  • Jun 27 Jørgen Pedersen Gram, Danish mathematician (d. 1919)
  • Jun 29 Joseph Paul Skelly, composer
  • Jul 3 Alfredo Kiel, composer
  • Jul 4 Ole Olsen, Norwegian composer and organist, born in Hammerfest, Finnmark (d. 1927)
  • Jul 11 Annie Armstrong, American missionary leader (d. 1938)
  • Jul 12 Otto Schoetensack, German anthropologist (d. 1912)
  • Jul 15 Francesca Xavier Cabrini, [Mother Cabrini], 1st US saint
  • Jul 18 Rose Hartwick Thorpe, American poet (d. 1939)
  • Aug 3 Paul A Daum, Dutch writer/founder/editor (Batavian Newspaper)
  • Aug 3 Reginald Heber Roe, 2nd Headmaster of Brisbane Grammar School (d. 1926)
  • Aug 5 Anton Simon, Russian composer, born in Paris (d. 1916)
  • Aug 5 Guy de Maupassant, French author (Boule de Suif), born in Château de Miromesnil, France (d. 1893)
  • Aug 14 Earnest [Bachigaloupi] Tourniaire, Dutch actor (Inkwartiering, Kloris & Roses), born in Dordrecht, Zuid-Holland, Nederland (d. 1921)
  • Aug 26 Charles Richet, French physiologist (anaphylaxis-Nobel 1913)
  • Sep 2 Albert Spalding, American baseball player, founder of Spalding sports company, born in Byron, Illinois (d. 1915)
  • Sep 2 Eugene Field, author/journalist (Little Boy Blue)
  • Sep 2 Woldemar Voigt, German physicist (d. 1919)
  • Sep 4 Luigi Cadorna, Italian fieldmarshal/earl (WW I-Caporetto)
  • Sep 6 Louis Apol, Dutch painter, etcher and literary, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1936)
  • Sep 9 Harishchandra, India, poet/dramatist/father of modern Hindi
  • Sep 9 Leopoldo Miguez, composer
  • Oct 4 John W McGraw, (Gov-R-Wash) (1893-97)
  • Oct 5 Sergey Muromtsev, Russian lawyer and politician, and President of the First Imperial Duma (d. 1910)
  • Oct 8 Henri Louis le Chatelier, French chemist, born in Paris (d. 1936)
  • Oct 18 Francis Thome, composer
  • Oct 19 Annie S Peck, mountain climber/explorer/diplomat
  • Nov 5 Ella Wheeler Wilcox, American author and poet (d. 1919)
  • Nov 8 Karel Komzák II, Viennese composer, born in Prague (d. 1905)
  • Nov 9 Lewis Lewin, German toxicologist (father of psychopharmacologist), born in Tuchel, West Prussia (d. 1929)
  • Nov 12 Mikhail Chigorin, Russian chess player (d. 1908)

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Nov 13 Robert Louis Stevenson, Scottish author (Treasure Island), born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1894)

  • Nov 20 Arthur Goring Thomas, English composer
  • Nov 26 Henricus Van de Wetering, archbishop of Utrecht (1895-1929)
  • Dec 1 Peter Erasmus Lange-Muller, composer
  • Dec 9 Emma Abbott, American soprano (d. 1891)
  • Dec 13 G F Grace, cricketer (brother of W G )
  • Dec 13 Iver Holter, Norwegian composer, born in Gausdal, Norway (d. 1941)
  • Dec 16 Fred Morley, cricketer (legendary Notts & England bowler 1880-83)
  • Dec 21 Zdenek Fibich, composer
  • Dec 29 Tomas Breton y Hernandez, composer
  • Dec 30 John Milne, British geologist (developed the first modern seismograph), born in Liverpool, England (d. 1913)