Historical Figures Born in 1803

  • Jan 2 Gugliemo Libri [della Somaia], Ital/Fren mathematician/book collector
  • Jan 3 Douglas William Jerrold, author/playwright/wit (Punch Mag), born in London, England
  • Jan 9 Christopher Gustavus Memminger, Secy Treas (Confederacy) (d. 1888)
  • Jan 15 Marjory Fleming, Scottish writer & poet, born in Kirkcaldy, United Kingdom (d. 1811)
  • Jan 29 James Outram “the Bayard of India”, English general and administrator in India, born in Bulterley Hall, Derbyshire (d. 1868)
  • Feb 2 Albert Sidney Johnston, Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • Feb 15 John Augustus Sutter, Swiss/US colonist (New Helvetia Ca, Sutter Mill)
  • Feb 23 John Sutter, German-Swiss-American colonist who established Sutter's Fort in what is now Sacramento and where gold was first discovered in California, born in Kandern, Margraviate of Baden, Holy Roman Empire (d. 1880)
  • Mar 22 Anthonie Waldrop, Dutch painter and lithographer
  • Apr 7 Flora Tristan, French writer and social activist, born in Paris (d. 1844)
  • Apr 7 James Curtiss, Mayor of Chicago (d. 1859)
  • Apr 14 Friedrich von Amerling, Austrian painter, born in Vienna, Austria (d. 1887)
  • Apr 18 Charles Ferdinand Pahud, Governor General of the Dutch East Indies (1856-61), born in Amsterdam (d. 1873)
  • Apr 21 Levin Minn Powell, American Commander (Union Navy), born in Winchester, Winchester City, Virginia (d. 1885)
  • Apr 23 Jules J baron d'Anethan, Belgian minister of Justice, born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1888)

James BrookeJames Brooke (1803-1868)

Apr 29 British adventurer and 1st Rajah of Sarawak (1841-68), born in Bandel, near Calcutta, Bengal, British India

  • Apr 30 Albrecht von Roon, Prussian soldier and statesman (Minister of War), born in Pleushagen, Poland (d. 1879)
  • May 8 Joseph Napoleon Ney, French politician, born in Paris (d. 1857)
  • May 12 Justus von Liebig, German agricultural and biological chemist who is considered the founder of organic chemistry, born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany (d. 1873)
  • May 17 Robert Smith Surtees, British novelist (Jorrocks’s Jaunts and Jollities), born in The Riding, England (d. 1864)
  • May 24 Alexander von Nordmann, Finnish zoologist, born in Kotka, Finland (d. 1866)
  • May 24 Charles Lucien Bonaparte, French prince of Canino and Musignano, born in Paris (d. 1857)

Ralph Waldo EmersonRalph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

May 25 American essayist and philosopher (Concord Hymn), born in Boston, Massachusetts

  • Jun 4 Gabriel J. Rains, American army officer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in New Bern, North Carolina (d. 1881)
  • Jun 10 Henry Darcy, French hydraulic engineer (Darcy's Law), born in Dijon, France (d. 1858)
  • Jun 29 John Newton Brown, American publisher and Baptist teacher, born in New London, Connecticut (d. 1868)
  • Jun 30 Thomas Lovell Beddoes, English poet (Death's Jest-Book), born in Clifton, Somerset, England (d. 1849)
  • Jul 12 Peter Chanel, French priest and saint, born in Montrevel-en-Bresse, Ain, France (d. 1841)
  • Jul 24 Alexander Jackson Davis, American architect (gothic revivalist), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)

John EricssonJohn Ericsson (1803-1889)

Jul 31 Swedish-American inventor (screw propeller, rotating turret), born in Långban, Sweden

  • Aug 3 Joseph Paxton, English landscape architect (Crystal Palace), born in Milton Bryan, Bedfordshire (d. 1865)
  • Aug 13 Vladimir Odoevsky, Russian philosopher & writer, born in Moscow (d. 1869)
  • Aug 15 James Douglas 'The Father of British Columbia' British Columbian fur trader and politician (1st Governor of British Columbia 1858-64), born in Demerara, Guyana (d. 1877)
  • Aug 18 Nathan Clifford, American statesman, diplomat, and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (d. 1881)
  • Aug 25 Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, Duque de Caxias and Brazilian military leader, born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (d. 1880)
  • Aug 27 Edward Beecher, American theologian, born in East Hampton, New York (d. 1895)
  • Sep 1 Jacobus T Abels, Dutch painter
  • Sep 3 Prudence Crandall, American educator and founder of School for "young ladies of colour", born in Hopkinton, Rhode Island (d. 1890)
  • Sep 4 Sarah Childress Polk, Wife of the 11th President of the United States, James K. Polk (1845-1849), born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (d. 1891)
  • Sep 19 Maria Anna of Savoy, Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary and Bohemia, born in Palazzo Colonna, Rome, Papal States (d. 1884)
  • Sep 27 Samuel Francis DuPont, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in Bayonne, New Jersey (d. 1865)
  • Sep 28 Prosper Mérimée, French author (Carmen), born in Paris (d. 1870)
  • Sep 29 Charles-Francois Sturm, French mathematician (Sturm's Theorem), born in Geneva, Switzerland (d. 1855)
  • Sep 29 Mercator Cooper, American sea captain (first to visit Japan and Antarctica), born in Southampton, New York (d. 1872)
  • Oct 3 John Gorrie, American scientist and inventor (cold-air process of refrigeration), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1855)
  • Oct 6 Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, Prussian physicist and meteorologist, born in Legnica, Poland (d. 1879)
  • Oct 11 Albartus Telting, Frisian poet (Frisianch Jierboeckjen), born in Franeker, Netherlands (d. 1863)
  • Oct 21 George Wright, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Norwich, Vermont (d. 1865)
  • Oct 25 Maria van Ackere-Doolaeghe, Flemish poet (Daisies, Avondlamp), born in Diksmuide, Belgium (d. 1884)
  • Nov 14 Jacob Abbott, American writer (d. 1879)
  • Nov 18 Cornelis Broere, Dutch Roman Catholic priest and poet, born in Amsterdam (d. 1860)

Theodore Dwight WeldTheodore Dwight Weld (1803-1895)

Nov 23 American abolitionist and writer (American Slavery As It Is: Testimony of a Thousand Witnesses), born in Hampton, Connecticut

Christian DopplerChristian Doppler (1803-1853)

Nov 29 Austrian physicist (Doppler effect), born in Salzburg, Austria

  • Dec 4 Augustus Zerega diZerega, Martinique, ship owner (Red Z Lane)
  • Dec 5 Fyodor Tyutchev, Russian poet and statesman, born in Bryansk, Oryol Governorate, Russian Empire (d. 1873)
  • Dec 7 Maria Josepha of Saxony, Queen consort of Spain, born in Dresden Castle, Dresden, Saxony (d. 1829)
  • Dec 18 William Allen, American politician (Rep, Governor of Ohio 1874-76), born in Edenton, North Carolina (d. 1879)
  • Dec 22 Joseph King Fenno Mansfield, American Major General (Union Army), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1862)
  • Dec 27 John ACA van Nispen Sevenaer, Member of Dutch 2nd parliament (1848-75)