Historical Figures Born in 1748

  • Feb 6 Adam Weishaupt, German philosopher & founder of the Order of the Illuminati, born in Ingolstadt, Germany (d. 1811)
  • Feb 9 Luther Martin, American patriot (d. 1826)
  • Feb 15 Jeremy Bentham, English philosopher, social reformer and founder of modern utilitarianism, born in London (d. 1832)
  • Mar 5 Jonas C. Dryander, Swedish botanist (d. 1810)
  • Mar 8 William V of Orange, Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1806)
  • Mar 10 John Playfair, Scottish clergyman, geologist and mathematician, born in Benvie, Scotland (d. 1819)
  • Apr 12 Antoine Laurent de Jussieu, French botanist (Classification of flowering plants), born in Lyon, France (d. 1836)
  • Apr 27 Adamántios Koraïs, Greek humanist scholar, born in Smyrna, Anatolia (d. 1833)

Olympe de GougesOlympe de Gouges (1748-1793)

May 7 French playwright and revolutionary (Declaration of the Rights of Woman and of the Female Citizen), born in Montauban, France

  • May 16 Antonius van Alphen, apostolic vicar of De Bosch
  • Jun 30 Jean-Dominique, comte de Cassini, French astronomer, born in Paris (d. 1845)
  • Jul 31 Isaac Ouwater, Amsterdam painter/cartoonist
  • Aug 13 Pieter L. van de Kasteele, Dutch politician and patriot, born in The Hague, Netherlands (d. 1810)
  • Aug 30 Jacques-Louis David, French Neoclassical painter (Death of Marat), born in Paris (d. 1825)
  • Oct 7 Charles XIII, King of Sweden (1809-18)/Norway (1814-18)
  • Nov 11 Carlos IV (English: Charles], King of Spain (1788-1808), born in Portici, Italy (d. 1819)
  • Dec 9 Claude-Louis Berthollet, French chemist, born in Talloires, Savoy, France (d. 1822)