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Birthdays in History in 1732

  • Jan 6 Matija A Reljkovic, Habsburg military officer & Croatian writer (Satir iliti divji covic), born in Davor, Croatia (d. 1798)
  • Jan 17 Stanislaw II August Poniatowski, last king of Poland (1764-95)
  • Jan 20 Richard H Lee, US farmer (signed US Declaration of Independence)
  • Jan 24 Pierre de Beaumarchais, French polymath and dramatist (The Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville), born in Paris, France (d. 1799)
  • Feb 6 Charles Lee, General in the American Revolution, born in Darnhall, United Kingdom (d. 1782)

Person of interestGeorge Washington

Feb 22 George Washington, 1st President of the United States (1789-97) and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army, born in Westmoreland, Virginia (d. 1799)

First US President George Washington
First US President
George Washington
  • Mar 1 William Cushing, 2nd Chief Justice of the United States, born in Scituate, Massachusetts Bay, British America (d. 1810)
  • Mar 23 Marie Adélaïde of France, daughter of Louis XV (d. 1800)
  • Apr 5 Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French painter (The Swing), born in Paris (d. 1806)
  • Apr 8 David Rittenhouse, American astronomer, inventor, and mathematician, born in Paper Mill Run, Pennsylvania (d. 1796)

Person of interestFrederick North

Apr 13 Frederick North, Lord North, Prime Minister of Great Britain (Tory: 1770-82), "who lost America", born in London (d. 1792)

British Prime Minister Frederick North
British Prime Minister
Frederick North
  • Apr 18 George Colman the Elder, English dramatist, born in Florence (d. 1794)
  • Aug 8 Johann C Adelung, German linguist/librarian
  • Sep 6 Johan Wilcke, Swedish physicist, born in Wismar, Germany (d. 1796)

Person of interestJacques Necker

Sep 30 Jacques Necker, French finance minister of Louis XVI whose decisions contributed to the outbreak of the French Revolution, born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1804)

Finance Minister Jacques Necker
Finance Minister
Jacques Necker
  • Nov 9 Julie de Lespinasse, French aristocrat, hostess and writer, born in Lyon, France (d. 1776)

Person of interestJohn Dickinson

Nov 13 John Dickinson, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania, born in Talbot County, Maryland (d. 1808)

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson
  • Dec 6 Warren Hastings, 1st governor-general of India (1773-84), born in Churchill, Oxfordshire (d. 1818)

Person of interestRichard Arkwright

Dec 23 Richard Arkwright, English industrialist and inventor (created the spinning frame), born in Preston, England (d. 1792)

Industrialist and Inventor Richard Arkwright
Industrialist and Inventor
Richard Arkwright