On This Day

What Happened in December 1826

Historical Events

  • Dec 16 Benjamin W. Edwards rides into Mexican controlled Nacogdoches, Texas and declares himself ruler of the Republic of Fredonia.

Famous Birthdays

  • Dec 1 William Mahone, American railway engineer and Major General (Confederate Army), born near Courtland, Virginia (d. 1895)
  • Dec 3 Edmond van der Straeten, Belgian lawyer and musicologist, born in Oudenaarde, Belgium (d. 1895)

George McClellan

Dec 3 George McClellan, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1885)

  • Dec 5 John Benjamin Sanborn, American lawyer, politician, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Epsom, New Hampshire (d. 1904)
  • Dec 8 Friedrich Siemens, German industrialist, born in Menzendorf, Germany (d. 1904)
  • Dec 18 Alexandre Chatrian [wrote as Erckmann-Chatrian jointly with Émile Erckmann], French writer (L'ami Fritz), born in Abreschviller, France (d. 1890)
  • Dec 18 Mercer Brooke John, (Confederate Navy), (d. 1906)
  • Dec 21 Ernst Pauer, Austrian composer and pianist, born in Vienna (d. 1905)
  • Dec 22 James Scott Negley, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (d. 1901)
  • Dec 24 Ignacy Krzyzanowski, Polish composer, born in Opatów, Poland (d. 1905)
  • Dec 26 Franz Coenen, composer
  • Dec 26 Martinus Nijhoff, Dutch publisher (Van Dale) and founder (Martinus Nijhoff Publishers), born in Arnhem, Netherlands (d. 1894)
  • Dec 28 Conrad Busken Huet, Dutch vicar/literary (Country of Rubens)
  • Dec 31 Henry Hiles, English composer, born in Shrewsbury (d. 1904)

Famous Deaths

  • Dec 7 John Flaxman, Engl sculptor (tombs at St Paul's Cathedral), dies at 71
  • Dec 10 Benedikt Emanuel Schack, Bohemian-born composer and singer amd friend of Mozart, dies at 68
  • Dec 15 William Browser, American slave, executed in NYC for participating in the murder of two ship's officers during a slave revolt on board the Decatur