Birthdays in History in 1797

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Birthdays in History

  • Jan 4 Wilhelm Beer, German amateur astronomer (constructed 1st Moon map)
  • Jan 10 Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German writer (d. 1848)
  • Jan 12 Gideon Brecher, Austrian physician (d. 1873)
  • Jan 22 Maria Leopoldina of Austria, Empress of Brazil (d. 1826)
  • Jan 30 Edwin Vose Sumner, American Major General (Union Army), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1863)
  • Feb 6 Joseph Maria von Radowitz, Prussian minister of Foreign affairs
  • Feb 22 William I, Berlin, King of Prussia (1861-88)/German Emperor (1871-88)
  • Feb 28 Mary Lyon, American educator (Mt Holyoke) (Hall of Fame)
  • Feb 28 W Frederik K, prince of Netherlands/general/admiral (10 day campaign)
  • Mar 22 Kaiser Wilhelm I, German emperor (1871-88)
  • Mar 24 Antonio Rosmini-Serbati, philosopher/founder (Institute of Charity)
  • Mar 25 John Winebrenner, American clergyman, founded Church of God
  • Mar 27 Alfred Victor, Comte de Vigny, French musketeer and writer (Moise, Chatterton), born in Loches, France (d. 1863)
  • Apr 10 Claude Ambroise Seurat, Frenchman exhibited in England as "Human Skeleton", born in Champaigne France (d. 1826)
  • Apr 14 Adolphe Thiers, 1st president of 3rd French Republic (1871-77)
  • Apr 18 Louis-Adolphe Thiers, president of France
  • Apr 30 Andreas V Michiels, Dutch military governor of West-Sumatra

Person of interestAbraham Gesner

May 2 Abraham Gesner, Canadian geologist (inventor of kerosene), born in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia (d. 1864)

Physician and Geologist Abraham Gesner
Physician and Geologist
Abraham Gesner
  • May 18 Frederick Augustus II, King of Saxony (1836-54)
  • May 19 Maria Isabel of Portugal, queen of Spain (d. 1818)
  • Jun 24 John Hughes, archbishop, founded Fordham University in the Bronx
  • Jul 10 Piet [Petrus Lafras] Uys, South African pioneer (Great Pull), born in Potberg, Swellendam, South Africa (d. 1838)
  • Jul 17 Hippolyte Delaroche, French painter, born in Paris (d. 1856)
  • Jul 18 Immanuel Hermann Fichte, German philosopher, born in Jena, Saxe-Weimar (d. 1879)
  • Jul 20 Paweł Edmund Strzelecki, Polish explorer and geologist, born in Glausche, Kingdom of Prussia (d. 1873)
  • Jul 25 Princess Augusta of Hesse-Kassel, Duchess of Cambridge, born in Offenbach, Germany (d. 1889)
  • Jul 29 Daniel Drew, American financier (d. 1879)
  • Aug 9 Charles Robert Malden, British naval officer (d. 1855)

Person of interestMary Shelley

Aug 30 Mary Shelley, English author (Frankenstein), born in London, England (d. 1851)

Frankenstein Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein Author
Mary Shelley
  • Sep 6 Wililam "Extra Billy" Smith, American lawyer and Confederacy (Confederate Army), born in King George County, Virginia (d. 1887)
  • Oct 3 Leopold II, Grand Duke of Tuscany (d. 1870)
  • Oct 4 Jeremias Gotthelf [Albert Bitzius], writer (The Black Spider), born in Murten, Switzerland (d. 1854)
  • Oct 13 William Motherwell, Scottish civil servant/poet
  • Oct 16 James Brudenell, British Earl Of Cardigan (led the Charge of the Light Brigade), born in Hambleden, England (d. 1868)
  • Oct 23 John J Rochussen, governor-general of Dutch-Indies (1845-51)
  • Nov 4 Aleksander A Bestuzhev-Marlinsky, Russian author
  • Nov 7 Silas H. Stringham, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Middletown, New York (d. 1876)

Person of interestCharles Lyell

Nov 14 Charles Lyell, Scottish geologist (Principles of Geology), born in Kinnordy, Angus, Scotland (d. 1875)

Geologist Charles Lyell
Geologist
Charles Lyell
  • Dec 3 Francis P Kenrick, Irish/US archbishop of Baltimore
  • Dec 11 Hiram Paulding, Rear Admiral (Union Navy), (d. 1878)
  • Dec 17 Joseph Henry, American scientist/inventor/pioneer of electromagnetism