Historical Figures Born in 1796

  • Jan 7 Charlotte Augusta of Wales, British princess and only legitimate grandchild of George III, born in London (d. 1817)
  • Jan 21 John Gelinde van Blom, Dutch Frisian notary and poet (d. 1871)
  • Jan 22 Karl Claus, Russian chemist (d. 1864)
  • Jan 25 William McGillivray, Scottish naturalist & ornithologist, born in Old Aberdeen, Scotland (d. 1852)
  • Feb 1 Abraham Emanuel Fröhlich, Swiss poet (d. 1865)
  • Feb 17 Philipp Franz von Siebold, German physician (d. 1866)
  • Feb 20 Eduard W van Dam van Isselt, Dutch military/liberal politician
  • Feb 22 Adolphe Quetelet, Belgian astronomer, mathematician and sociologist (body mass index scale), born in Ghent, French Republic (d. 1874)
  • Feb 22 Alexis Bachelot, French missionary (d. 1837)
  • Mar 10 José María Vargas, Venezuelan doctor, botanist and 2nd President of Venezuela (1835-36), born in La Guaira, Venezuela (d. 1854)
  • Mar 24 John Corry Wilson Daly, Canadian politician (d. 1878)
  • Apr 10 James Bowie, American pioneer and soldier (Texas Revolution), born in Logan, Kentucky (d. 1836)
  • Apr 12 George N. Briggs, American lawyer and politician, 19th Governor of Massachusetts, born in Adams, Massachusetts (d. 1861)
  • Apr 24 Karl Leberecht Immermann, German writer, born in Magdeburg (d. 1840)

Horace MannHorace Mann (1796-1859)

May 4 American educator, author and editor who pioneered public schools, born in Franklin, Massachusetts

  • May 4 Joseph Pannell Taylor, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1864)
  • May 4 William H. Prescott, American historian, born in Salem, Massachusetts (d. 1859)
  • May 9 August Pauly, German writer (Real Encyclopedia), born in Benningen am Neckar, Baden-Württemberg, Germany (d. 1845)
  • May 17 Martinus Niewindt, Dutch Bishop of Curacao (advocate for fair treatment and abolition of slavery), born in Amsterdam (d. 1860)
  • May 21 Reverdy Johnson, American politician and jurist (Dred Scott v. Sandford), born in Annapolis, Maryland (d. 1876)

Nicolas Léonard Sadi CarnotNicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot (1796-1832)

Jun 1 French mechanical engineer and mathematician known as the "father of thermodynamics", born in Paris, France

  • Jun 14 Nikolai Brashman, Russian mathematician, born in Neu-Raußnitz, Austrian Empire (d. 1866)
  • Jul 3 Nikolai Poveloi, Russian writer and publisher (Sotsjinenija), born in Irkutsk [NS]
  • Jul 6 Nicholas I Pavlovitch, tsar of Russia (1825-55), born in Gatchina Palace, Gatchina, Russian Empire (d. 1855)
  • Jul 15 Thomas Bulfinch, mythologist (Bulfinch's Mythology)
  • Jul 16 Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1875)
  • Jul 18 Feargus O'Connor, Leader of English Chartists, born in County Cork (d. 1855)
  • Jul 24 Herman van Sonsbeeck, Dutch lawyer and statesman, born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1865)
  • Jul 24 John Middleton Clayton, U.S. Secretary of State (1849-50) and U.S. Senator from Delaware, born in Dagsboro, Delaware (d. 1856)
  • Jul 26 George Catlin, American author and painter (American Indian scenes), born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania (d. 1872)

Walter HuntWalter Hunt (1796-1859)

Jul 29 American inventor (safety pin, sewing machine), born in Martinsburg, New York

  • Aug 25 James Lick, American land baron in California, born in Stumpstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1876)
  • Sep 19 Hartley Coleridge, English poet, born in Kingsdown, Bristol, England (d. 1849)
  • Sep 22 Cornelius Stribling, American Naval Commander (Mexican war, Civil War), born in Pendleton, South Carolina (d. 1880)
  • Sep 25 Antoine-Louis Barye, French sculptor, born in Paris (d. 1875)
  • Sep 28 David Walker, African-American abolitionist (Appeal to Colored Citizens), born in Wilmington, North Carolina (d. 1830)
  • Oct 4 John Richardson, Canadian writer (Wacousta, or the prophecy), born in Queenston, Ontario, Canada (d. 1852)
  • Oct 9 Joseph Bonomi the Younger, English artist and Egyptologist, born in London, England (d. 1878)
  • Oct 23 Stefano Franscini, Swiss Federal Councilor (d. 1857)
  • Oct 24 August von Platen, German poet, born in Ansbach, Germany (d. 1835)
  • Nov 6 George Back, English sea officer and explorer (North Canada), born in Stockport, Cheshire (d. 1878)
  • Dec 17 Thomas Chandler Haliburton, Canadian novelist (The Clockmaker; or, The Sayings and Doings of Samuel Slick of Slickville), born in Windsor, Canada (d. 1865)
  • Dec 19 Manuel Breton de los Herreros, Spanish, poet, comic and playwright, born in Quel, Spain (d. 1873)
  • Dec 27 Mirza Ghalib, Indian poet (d. 1869)
  • Dec 29 Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist, born in Hamburg, Germany (d. 1877)