Famous People Born in 1855

  • Jan 3 Hubert Bland, English socialist (d. 1914)

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Jan 5 King C. Gillette, American businessman and inventor of inexpensive and disposable safety razor blades, born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (d. 1932)

Businessman and Inventor King C. Gillette
Businessman and Inventor
King C. Gillette
  • Jan 10 Peter J Blok, Dutch historian (History of the Dutch People)
  • Jan 15 Jacques Damala [Aristides Damalas], Greek military officer and actor, born in Piraeus, Greece (d. 1889)
  • Jan 20 Amedee-Ernest Chausson, composer
  • Jan 21 John M Browning, American weapons manufacturer
  • Jan 22 Ernst Kullak, composer
  • Jan 22 Albert Neisser [Albert Ludwig Sigesmund Neisser], Schweidnitz Prussia, German physician who discovered the bacterias that cause gonorrhea and leprosy
  • Jan 23 John Moses Browning, American inventor (d. 1926)
  • Jan 26 Arthur Hervey, composer
  • Jan 28 William Seward Burroughs, NY, inventor (recording adding machine)
  • Feb 13 Paul Deschanel, French President (d. 1922)
  • Feb 15 Gustav Hollaender, composer
  • Feb 17 Otto Liman von Sanders, German general in Turkey (WWI)
  • Feb 21 Alice Freeman Palmer, educator (Hall of Fame)
  • Feb 25 George Bonnor, cricketer (big-hitting Aussie batter 1880-1888)
  • Feb 25 Cesário Verde, Portuguese poet (d. 1886)
  • Mar 12 John White, American composer (d. 1902)

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Mar 13 Percival "Percy" Lowell, American astronomer (predicted discovery of Pluto), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1916)

Astronomer Percival Lowell
Astronomer
Percival Lowell

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Mar 24 Andrew Mellon, American banker (Mellon Bank), industrialist and Secretary of the Treasury (1921-32), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1947)

Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon
Banker, Industrialist and US Secretary of the Treasury
Andrew Mellon
  • Mar 24 Olive Schreiner, South African writer (Portrait of a South African Woman)
  • Mar 27 Alfred Ewing [James Alfred Ewing], Dundee, Scottish Physicist (magnetic properties of metals, hysteresis)
  • Mar 31 Alfred E. Hunt, founder of Alcoa (d. 1899)
  • Apr 9 Gyula Reviczky, Hungarian author/poet
  • Apr 18 Abraham Bredius, Dutch art historian (Jan Steen)
  • Apr 18 Josef Gruber, composer
  • Apr 29 Anatol K Liadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake) [OS]
  • Apr 29 Edmund van der Straeten, composer
  • May 1 Cecilia Beaux, American portrait painter , born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 2 Theodore Moses Tobani, composer
  • May 8 John Gates ("Bet-a-million" Gates), American inventor and industrialist who established the market for barbed wire fencing, born in Chicago, Illinois
  • May 9 Julius Rontgen, composer
  • May 10 Anatoli Liadov, composer (Enchanted Lake) [NS], born in St Petersburg, Russia
  • May 11 Anatol Konstantinovich Lyadov, Russian composer (Bewitched Lake)
  • May 15 Eduard von Keyserling, Baltic German writer (Dritte Stiege)
  • May 21 Emile A G Verhaeren, Belgian poet/writer (Les Flammes Hautes)
  • May 24 Arthur Wing Pinero, British playwright
  • Jun 14 Robert Marion La Follette, Wisconsin, presidential candidate (Progressive)
  • Jun 17 Fritz Steinbach, composer
  • Jun 22 Sam Morris, Hobart, cricketer (Barbados parents only black Aus player)
  • Jun 23 Maude Valerie White, composer
  • Jul 3 Piotr Maszynski, composer
  • Jul 7 Ludwig Ganghofer, German writer (d. 1920)
  • Jul 9 Johann P Zilcher, German composer
  • Jul 14 Richard Samuel Hughes, composer
  • Jul 16 Charles Francis Abdy Williams, composer
  • Jul 19 Emil Paur, Austrian conductor, born in Czernowitz, Austria (d. 1932)
  • Jul 25 Edward Solomon, composer
  • Jul 26 Ferdinand Tönnies, German sociologist and philosopher, born in Oldenswort, Germany (d. 1936)
  • Jul 30 James Edward Kelly, American sculptor "Sculptor of American History"
  • Aug 3 Joe Hunter, Former Australian cricketer (d. 1891)

  • Aug 11 John Hodges, Australian cricketer (d. 1933)
  • Aug 18 Alfred Wallis, English artist and mariner, born in Devonport, Devon, England (d. 1942)
  • Aug 31 Stefan Surzynski, Polish conductor and composer, born in Srem, Poland (d. 1919)
  • Sep 1 Innokenty Annensky, Omsk, Russian Empire, poet, critic and interpreter (poètes maudits)
  • Sep 6 Ferdinand Hummel, German composer, born in Berlin (d. 1928)
  • Sep 7 William Friese-Greene, British photographer (d. 1921)
  • Sep 9 Houston S Chamberlain, British/German race theorist
  • Sep 9 Anthony Francis Lucas Croatian-born oil exploration pioneer (d. 1921)
  • Sep 12 Jacobus of Looy, Dutch writer and painter (Death of My Cat), born in Haarlem, Netherlands (d. 1930)
  • Sep 12 Simon-Napoléon Parent, Canadian politician and 12th Premier of Quebec (1900-05), born in Beauport, Quebec City (d. 1920)
  • Sep 28 Thomas F Tout, historian (Manchester school of historiography), born in London, England
  • Sep 29 Michele Esposito, Italian composer who worked in Ireland, born in Castellamare di Stabia (d. 1929)
  • Oct 8 Gustav Ehrismann, German author and expert on the German language, born in Pforzheim, Baden-Württemberg (d. 1941)
  • Oct 12 Arthur Nikisch, Hungarian conductor (Berlin Philharmonic), born in Mosonszentmiklós, Hungary (d. 1922)
  • Oct 12 August Sauer, Austrian literature historian (Euphorion), born in Wiener Neustadt, Austria (d. 1926)
  • Oct 14 George Edwardes, British composer (Gaiety Girl)
  • Oct 16 Camille Looten, Belgian priest/literature historian
  • Oct 16 Samedbey Mehmandarov, Russian general (d. 1931)
  • Oct 24 James S. Sherman, Vice President of the United States (d. 1912)
  • Oct 28 Ivan V Mitshurin, Russian botanist (new types of fruit)
  • Oct 29 Paul Bruchési, archbishop of Montreal (d. 1939)
  • Nov 1 Guido Adler, Austrian musicologist (Still in the Music)
  • Nov 5 Eugene V. Debs, Terre Haute, Indiana, American labor leader and Socialist presidential candidate (d. 1926)
  • Nov 5 Leon P Teisserenc de Bort, French meteorologist (stratosphere)
  • Nov 6 Iosif Kotek, Russian composer and violinist, born in Kamenets-Podolsk, Ukraine (d. 1885)
  • Nov 6 Ezra Seymour Gosney, American philanthropist and eugenicist, born in Kenton County, Kentucky (d. 1942)
  • Nov 7 Edwin Hall, American physicist (discovered Hall effect), born in Gorham, Maine (d. 1938)
  • Nov 13 Daniel François Scheurleer, Dutch musicologist and banker, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1927)
  • Nov 19 Billy Bates, cricketer (England all-rounder 1882-87, hat-trick 1883)
  • Nov 20 Josiah Royce, American philosopher (Conception of Immortality), born in Grass Valley, California (d. 1916)
  • Nov 30 Marie WF Treub, Dutch economist/minister of Agriculture/Finance
  • Dec 5 Clinton Hart Merriam, American ornithologist (d. 1942)
  • Dec 10 Marios Varvoglis, Greek Composer (d. 1967)
  • Dec 10 Henry Nicholas Ridley, West Harling Hall, Norfolk, U.K., Botanist (Malay Peninsula rubber industry)
  • Dec 11 Julian Edwards, composer
  • Dec 23 Alan Gray, British composer (Trinity College), born in York (d. 1935)
  • Dec 25 James Galvin, pitcher, shut-out every opposing team in 1884
  • Dec 26 Arnold Mendelssohn, German composer, born in Ratibor, Province of Silesia (d. 1933)
  • Dec 27 Paul Ehrenreich, German etnologist/mythologist
  • Dec 30 Heinrich Hart, German writer (Song of Humanity)
  • Dec 31 Giovanni Pascoli, Italian classicist/poet