On This Day

Birthdays in History in May 1803

  • 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 Charles Lucien Bonaparte, French prince of Canino and Musignano, born in Paris (d. 1857)
  • May 24 Alexander von Nordmann, Finnish zoologist, born in Kotka, Finland (d. 1866)

Person of interestRalph Waldo Emerson

May 25 Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist and philosopher (Concord Hymn), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 1882)

Lecturer and Poet Ralph Waldo Emerson
Lecturer and Poet
Ralph Waldo Emerson