Famous People Born in 1859

  • Jan 5 DeWitt B Brace, inventor (spectrophotometer)
  • Jan 6 Samuel Alexander, English philosopher (Moral order & progress)
  • Jan 9 Carrie Chapman Catt, Ripon, Wisconsin, American women's suffrage leader and founder (League of Women Voters)
  • Jan 9 Frederik Pijper, Dutch vicar/church historian (The Monasteries)
  • Jan 11 [Gerard] Jan Ligthart, Dutch educator (Nog bij mother, Ot & Sien)
  • Jan 13 Karl Bleibtreu, German author (Revolution of Literature)
  • Jan 13 Kostis Palamas, Greek poet (d. 1943)
  • Jan 15 Archibald Peake, Premier of South Australia (d. 1920)
  • Jan 19 Alice Eastwood, botanist (Handbook of Trees of California), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Jan 21 Antoni Wincenty Rutkowski, composer
  • Jan 24 Alexander Alexandrovich Il'yinsky, composer

Person of interestWilhelm II

Jan 27 Wilhelm II, German Emperor and King of Prussia (1888-1918), born in Berlin (d. 1941)

German Emperor and King of Prussia Wilhelm II
German Emperor and King of Prussia
Wilhelm II
  • Jan 30 Tony Mullane, Irish-American baseball player, born in Cork, Ireland (d. 1944)
  • Feb 1 Victor Herbert, composer (Babes in Toyland, Kiss in Dark), born in Dublin, Ireland
  • Feb 2 Havelock Ellis, US physician/sexologist (Psychology of Sex)
  • Feb 3 Hugo Junkers, German aircraft designer (d. 1935)
  • Feb 4 Timofei Mikhailov, Russian revolutionary, member of Narodnaya Volya (d. 1881)
  • Feb 8 John H Been, town's archivist of Brielle (Baasje & Witkop)
  • Feb 10 Alexandre Millerand, French President (d. 1943)
  • Feb 13 Frank van de Goes, Dutch writer/marxist theorist
  • Feb 13 William Strang, Scottish painter/engraver
  • Feb 14 George Washington Gale Ferris Jr., American engineer and inventor (Ferris Wheel), born in Galesburg, Illinois (d. 1896)
  • Feb 19 Svante August Arhenius, Swedish physicist/chemist (Nobel 1903)
  • Mar 2 Sholem Aleichem [Solomon Rabinowitz], Yiddish author and playwright (Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye the Dairyman), born in Pereyaslav, Russian Empire (d. 1916)
  • Mar 8 Kenneth Grahame, Scottish author (The Wind in the Willows), born in Edinburgh (d. 1932)
  • Mar 8 Otto Taubmann, German composer, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1929)
  • Mar 12 Josef Cyril Sychra, composer
  • Mar 12 Abraham H. Cannon, Mormon apostle (d. 1896)
  • Mar 13 Ivo Bligh, British noble (8th Earl of Darnley) and cricketer (Lord Darnley England capt v Australia 1882-83), born in Westminster, London (d. 1927)
  • Mar 16 Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Russian physicist (d. 1906)
  • Mar 26 A. E. Housman, English poet (Shropshire Lad), born in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England (d. 1936)
  • Mar 26 Nikolay Alexandrovich Sokolov, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1922)
  • Mar 26 Adolf Hurwitz, German mathematician (Riemann–Hurwitz formula), born in Hildesheim, Germany (d. 1919)
  • Mar 27 George Giffen, Australian cricketer (one of Australia's greatest all-rounders), born in Norwood, South Australia (d. 1927)
  • Apr 3 Reginald De Koven, American composer, born in Middletown, Connecticut (d. 1920)
  • Apr 5 Wilhelm Harteveld, Swedish composer, born in Stockholm (d. 1927)
  • Apr 7 Walter Camp, father of American football (Yale), born in New Britain, Connecticut (d. 1925)
  • Apr 8 Edmund Husserl, German philosopher (founded Phenomenology)
  • Apr 11 Basil Harwood, English organist and composer, born in Woodhouse, Gloucestershire, England (d. 1949)
  • Apr 16 Winifred Cochrane, Countess of Dundonald, philanthropist (d. 1924)
  • Apr 18 Eduard Cuypers, Dutch architect (Sanatorium High-Laren), born in Roermond, The Netherlands (d. 1927)
  • May 1 Bohuslav Jeremias, Czech composer (d. 1918)
  • May 1 Willem J Leyds, Dutch/South Africa lawyer/politician/diplomat
  • May 2 Eugène d'Harcourt, French composer, born in Paris (d. 1918)
  • May 2 Jerome K. Jerome, English writer (The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow), born in Walsall, Staffordshire, England (d. 1927)
  • May 3 Andy Adams, American writer (Log of a Cowboy), born in Indiana (d. 1935)
  • May 6 Luis Maria Drago, Argentina, statesman, anti-interventionist
  • May 6 Willem J T Kloos, Dutch poet (Act of Simple Justice)
  • May 8 Johan Jensen, Danish mathematician (d. 1925)
  • May 13 August Enna, Danish composer (The Witch), (d. 1939)
  • May 15 Pierre Curie, French physicist (Nobel 1903) and husband of Marie Curie, born in Paris, France (d. 1906)

Person of interestArthur Conan Doyle

May 22 Arthur Conan Doyle, British author who brought Sherlock Holmes to life twice, born in Edinburgh, Scotland (d. 1930)

  • May 26 Alfred Edward Housman, Bromsgrove England, poet (A Buried Life)
  • May 30 Pierre Marie Felix Janet, French psychologist/neurologist
  • Jun 8 Smith Wigglesworth, British religious figure (d. 1947)
  • Jun 10 Jacques F H Perk, Dutch poet (Iris, Wood Song)

Person of interestThomas J. Walsh

Jun 12 Thomas J. Walsh, United States Senator (Montana), born in Two Rivers, Wisconsin

Lawyer and Politician Thomas J. Walsh
Lawyer and Politician
Thomas J. Walsh
  • Jun 21 Henry O Tanner, artist
  • Jun 22 Frank Heino Damrosch, author/musician/teacher (found Inst of Music)
  • Jun 23 Florentinus M Wibaut, Amsterdams social alderman (building of houses)
  • Jun 27 Mildred J Hill, composer/musician (Happy Birthday To You)
  • Jul 6 Verner von Heidenstam, Swedish poet/novelist (Charles Men, Nobel 1916)
  • Jul 13 Sydney Webb, England, writer/husband of Beatrice Potter
  • Jul 14 Willy Hess, German violinist, born in Mannheim, Germany (d. 1928)
  • Jul 17 Luis Munoz Rivera, Puerto Rico, journalist (founded Federalist Party)
  • Jul 30 Henry Simpson Lunn, English humanitarian (d. 1939)
  • Jul 30 Henry Louis Smith, American physicist who made the first X-ray photograph, born in Greensboro, North Carolina
  • Aug 4 Knut Hamsun, Norwegian writer (Nobel Prize 1920), born in Lom, Gudbrandsdalen, Norway (d. 1952)
  • Aug 6 J Arthur S Berson, Austria meteorologist (Balloon flights, Amazon)
  • Aug 12 Katharine Lee Bates, American author (America the Beautiful)
  • Aug 19 Charles Comiskey, 1st basemen/manager (Chicago White Sox)
  • Aug 19 Hippolyte Delehaye, Flemish historian/hagiographer
  • Sep 3 AAJ Jean Jaurès, French socialist (L'Humanité, Les Preuves)
  • Sep 4 Edoardo Mascheroni, composer
  • Sep 11 Vjenceslav Novak, Croatian writer (d. 1905)
  • Sep 17 Frank D Adams, Canada geologist/educator
  • Sep 17 Richard Henry Warren, composer
  • Sep 18 John L. Bates, 41st Governor of Massachusetts (d. 1946)
  • Sep 18 Lincoln Loy McCandless, American cattle rancher (d. 1940)
  • Sep 20 Yuan She-k'ai, Chinese general/president/dictator
  • Sep 21 Cyriel Buysse, Flemish baron/writer (Sursum Corda, Ace Knave)
  • Sep 24 Julius Klengel, cellist/composer
  • Oct 3 Eleonora Duse, Italian actress (Les Misérables, Thérèse Raquin), born near Vigevano, Italy (d. 1924)
  • Oct 9 Alfred Dreyfus, French Jewish artillery officer (Dreyfus Affair), born in Mulhouse, France (d. 1935)
  • Oct 14 Camille Chevillard, composer
  • Oct 15 Jaime de Magalhes Lima, Portuguese author/poet (Salmos do Prisoneiro)
  • Oct 16 Henryk Pachulski, Polish composer, born in Lazy, Poland (d. 1921)
  • Oct 17 William "Buck" Ewing, hall of fame catcher (NY Giants, Cincinnati Reds)
  • Oct 18 Henri Bergson, French philosopher (Creative Evolution-Nobel 1927)
  • Oct 18 Paolo Orsi, Rovereto, Italian Archaeologist (Sicilian excavations)
  • Oct 20 G B Studd, cricketer (brother of C T, 4 Tests for England)

Person of interestJohn Dewey

Oct 20 John Dewey, American philosopher, educational theorist and writer (learn by doing), born in Burlington, Vermont (d. 1952)

Philosopher, Psychologist, Writer John Dewey
Philosopher, Psychologist, Writer
John Dewey
  • Oct 25 Hélène Swarth, Dutch author (Lonely Flowers), born in Amsterdam (d. 1941)
  • Oct 26 Arthur Friedheim, Russian composer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1932)
  • Oct 29 Charles Ebbets, (namesake of Ebbets Field, Brooklyn)
  • Nov 1 Charles Brantley Aycock, (Gov-NC)
  • Nov 1 William Henry Grattan Flood, composer
  • Nov 4 Stanislaw Niewiadomski, composer
  • Nov 13 Georg Knorr, German engineer (brake system trains), born in Ruda bei Neumark, West Prussia (d. 1911)
  • Nov 15 Christopher Hornsrud, Prime Minister of Norway (d. 1960)
  • Nov 17 Gerhard Rusenkrone Schjelderup, composer
  • Nov 19 Mikhail Mikhayl Ippolitov-Ivanov, Russian musician (Armenian Rhapsody)
  • Nov 22 Cecil Sharp, British collector of English folk music and dance, born in London, England (d. 1924)

Person of interestBilly the Kid

Nov 23 Billy the Kid [William H Bonney], American frontier outlaw, born in NYC, New York (d. 1881)

Frontier Outlaw Billy the Kid
Frontier Outlaw
Billy the Kid
  • Nov 24 Cass Gilbert, American architect (d. 1934)
  • Nov 30 Sergey Mikhaylovich Lyapunov, composer

Person of interestGeorges Seurat

Dec 2 Georges Seurat, French post-impressionist painter (A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Grande Jatte), born in Paris, France (d. 1891)

Post-Impressionist Painter Georges Seurat
Post-Impressionist Painter
Georges Seurat

Person of interestJohn Rushworth Jellicoe

Dec 5 John Jellicoe, 1st Earl Jellicoe, British Admiral of the Fleet, born in Southampton (d. 1935)

British Admiral of the Fleet John Rushworth Jellicoe
British Admiral of the Fleet
John Rushworth Jellicoe
  • Dec 9 Algernon Ashton, composer
  • Dec 12 Edward Bradley, horse owner (1st to own 4 Kentucky Derby winners)
  • Dec 12 Maurice Donnay, French playwright (Lovers)
  • Dec 15 Ludwik L Zamenhof, Russian Poland, physician/linguist (Esperanto)
  • Dec 17 Paul César Helleu, French artist (d. 1927)
  • Dec 20 Antonius J Derkinderen, Dutch painter/etcher
  • Dec 21 Gustave Kahn, French poet (claimed to have invented vers libre)
  • Dec 24 Roman Statkowski, composer
  • Dec 25 Raoul Gunsbourg, composer
  • Dec 26 Johan F van Bemmelen, Dutch zoologist
  • Dec 26 William Stephens, U.S. political figure (d. 1944)
  • Dec 27 William Henry Hadow, composer
  • Dec 28 Gerard Brucken Fock, Dutch composer and painter, born in Koudekerke, Netherlands (d. 1935)
  • Dec 28 John W Fortescue, military historian
  • Dec 29 Venustiano Carranza, Mexican revolutionary and President of Mexico (1915-20), born in Cuatro Ciénegas, Coahuila, Mexico (d. 1920)
  • Dec 30 Josef Bohuslav Foerster, composer
  • Dec 31 Max Fiedler, German conductor and composer, born in Zittau, Saxony, (d. 1939)