Historical Figures Born in 1802

  • Jan 3 Charles Pelham Villiers, British House of Commons member (d. 1898)
  • Jan 6 Ion Heliade-Radulescu, Romanian writer (Gramatica), born in Târgoviște, Romania (d. 1872)
  • Jan 13 Eduard von Bauernfeld, Austrian comedic playwright, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1890)
  • Jan 19 Silvain van de Weyer, 1st Belgian foreign minister to Britain, born in Louvain, Belgium (d. 1874)
  • Jan 22 Richard Upjohn, English-born American gothic architect (Trinity Chapel, NY), born in Shaftesbury, England (d. 1878)
  • Jan 31 Jan van Speyk, Dutch naval hero (blew up own gunboat to avoid capture during Belgian Revolution), born in Amsterdam (d. 1831)
  • Feb 2 Jean-Baptiste JD Boussingault, French chemist
  • Feb 4 Mark Hopkins, American educator/philosopher (Williams College)
  • Feb 11 Lydia Maria Child, American author, journalist and abolitionist (Juvenile Miscellany), born in Medford, Massachusetts (d. 1880)
  • Feb 16 Phineas Parkhurst Quimby, American philosopher (d. 1866)
  • Feb 19 Wilhelm Matthias Naeff, Swiss Federal Councillor (d. 1881)
  • Feb 21 George Douglas Ramsay, American Brevet Major general (Union Army), born in Dumfries, Virginia (d. 1882)

Victor HugoVictor Hugo (1802-1885)

Feb 26 French author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables), born in Besançon, France

  • Feb 27 Lord George Bentinck [William George Frederick Cavendish Bentinck], English Conservative politician, born in Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire (d. 1848)
  • Mar 16 George Archibald McCall, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1868)
  • Mar 24 Jacob van Lennep, Dutch poet and novelist

Dorothea DixDorothea Dix (1802-1887)

Apr 4 American pioneering nurse and social activist who created the first American mental asylums, born in Hampden, Maine

  • Apr 12 Francis Libermann, French religious leader (Congregation of Heart), born in Saverne, France (d. 1852)
  • Apr 13 Leopold Fitzinger, Austrian zoologist, born in Vienna (d. 1884)
  • May 6 Wilhelm Schirmer, German landscape artist, born in Berlin (d. 1866)
  • May 15 Isaac Ridgeway Trimble, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1888)
  • Jun 2 Adrian van der Hoop Jr, Dutch poet/critic
  • Jun 12 Harriet Martineau, British controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and life-long feminist, born in Norwich, Norfolk, England (d. 1876)
  • Jul 1 Gideon Welles, 24th U.S. Secretary of the Navy under Presidents Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson, born in Glastonbury, Connecticut (d. 1878)
  • Jul 9 Thomas Davenport, American inventor (invented 1st commercial electric motor), born in Williamstown, Vermont (d. 1851)
  • Jul 21 David Hunter, American Major General (Union Army), born in Troy, New York (d. 1886)

Alexandre DumasAlexandre Dumas (1802-1870)

Jul 24 French author (The Three Musketeers, The Count of Monte Cristo), born in Aisne, France

  • Jul 26 Mariano Arista, President of Mexico (1851-53), born in San Luis Potosí, Mexico (d. 1855)
  • Jul 26 Winthrop Mackworth Praed, English politician and poet, born in London, England (d. 1839)
  • Aug 2 Nicholas Wiseman, 1st archbishop of Westminster (1860-65), born in Sevilla, Spain (d. 1865)
  • Aug 5 Niels H. Abel, Norwegian mathematician (Abel's Comparisons), born in Nedstrand, Norway (d. 1829)
  • Aug 13 Nikolaus Lenau, Hungarian-German poet (Faust, Die Albigenser), born in Lenauheim, Banat, Romania (d. 1850)
  • Aug 14 Letitia Elizabeth Landon, English poet (Heath's Book of Beauty), born in Chelsea, London (d. 1838)
  • Aug 20 Cadwalader Ringgold, American Commander (Union Navy), born in Washington County, Maryland (d. 1867)
  • Sep 4 Marcus Whitman, American physician and missionary (Oregon Trail), born in Federal Hollow, New York (d. 1847)
  • Sep 6 Alcide d'Orbigny, French naturalist, born in Couëron, France (d. 1857)
  • Sep 13 Arnold Ruge, German political philosopher and writer, born in Bergen auf Rügen, Germany (d. 1880)
  • Sep 19 Lajos Kossuth, Governor-President of Hungary (1849), born in Monok, Hungary (d. 1894)
  • Sep 24 Adolphe d'Archiac, French paleontologist and geologist, born in Reims, France (d. 1868)
  • Oct 8 Peter Hofstede de Groot, Dutch reformed theologist, born in Leer, Germany (d. 1886)
  • Oct 16 Isaac Murphy, Governor of Arkansas (1864-68) (d. 1882)
  • Oct 25 Joseph Montferrand, French Canadian logger and strong man, born in St. Lawrence, Montreal (d. 1864)
  • Oct 26 Miguel I, King of Portugal (1828-34), born in Palace of Queluz, Sintra, Portugal (d. 1866)
  • Nov 9 Elijah Parish Lovejoy, American newspaper publisher and abolitionist, born in Albion, Maine (d. 1837)
  • Nov 14 August Pott, German philologist (Etymology Forschungen), born in Nettelrede, Germany (d. 1887)
  • Nov 19 Solomon Foot, American politician (U.S. Senator from Vermont, 1851-66) and attorney, born in Cornwall, Vermont (d. 1866)
  • Nov 20 James L. Lardner, American naval officer (American Civil War), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1881)
  • Nov 29 Wilhelm Hauff, German writer, born in Stuttgart (d. 1827)
  • Dec 2 Melancthon Smith Wade, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1868)
  • Dec 15 Janos Bolyai, Hungarian mathematician (non-Euclidean geometry), born in Kolozsvár, Hungary (d. 1860)
  • Dec 27 Thomas Fearnley, Norwegian landscape painter, born in Østfold, Norway (d. 1842)