Historical Figures Born in 1737

  • Jan 19 Jacques-Henri Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, French writer (Paul et Virginie), born in Le Havre, France (d. 1814)

John HancockJohn Hancock (1737-1793)

Jan 23 American merchant and statesman who was 1st to sign the Declaration of Independence, born in Braintree, Massachusetts

Thomas PaineThomas Paine (1737-1809)

Jan 29 English American writer and political essayist (Age of Reason, Common Sense), born in Thetford, England

  • Mar 20 Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, King of Thailand (d. 1809)
  • Mar 23 Arthur St. Clair, American soldier and politician (President of the Continental Congress, 1787), born in Thurso, Scotland (d. 1818)
  • Apr 19 Geert Reinders, Dutch cattle breeder and inoculation propagandist, born in Bedum, Netherlands (d. 1815)

William PettyWilliam Petty (1737-1805)

May 2 2nd Earl of Shelburne, Prime Minister of Great Britain (1782-83), born in Dublin, Kingdom of Ireland

Edward GibbonEdward Gibbon (1737-1794)

May 8 English historian (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire), born in Putney, England

  • May 14 George Macartney, 1st Earl Macartney, British statesman (d. 1806)
  • Jun 20 Tokugawa Ieharu, tenth shōgun of the Tokugawa shogunate of Japan (1760 to 1786), born in Edo, Japan (d. 1786)
  • Jul 15 Louise of France, French princess daughter of King Louis XV and Marie Leszczyńska and Carmelite prioress, born in Palermo, Sicily (d. 1787)
  • Jul 31 Princess Augusta Frederica of Great Britain, born in London, England (d. 1813)
  • Aug 10 Anton Losenko, Russian painter (d. 1773)
  • Aug 11 Joseph Nollekins, sculptor, born in London, England
  • Aug 14 Charles Hutton, English mathematician and surveyor, born in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (d. 1823)
  • Sep 7 Luigi Galvani, Italian anatomist and physicist ("animal electricity"), born in Bologna, Italy (d. 1798)
  • Sep 19 Charles Carroll, Wealthy Maryland planter who was the last signer of the Declaration of Independence to pass away, born in Annapolis, Province of Maryland, British America (d. 1832)
  • Oct 5 Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov, Russian count (helped Catherine the Great to the throne) and military commander (Battle of Çeşme), born in Lyutkino, Russia (d. 1808) (NS date)
  • Oct 31 James Lovell, American educator and statesman, born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1789)
  • Dec 26 Prince Josias of Coburg, Austrian general (d. 1815)