On This Day

Birthdays in History in 1806

  • Jan 5 André Henri Constant van Hasselt, Belgian poet (La Belgium), born in Maastricht, Meuse-Inférieure (d. 1874)
  • Jan 14 Matthew Fontaine Maury, Naval Commander (Confederacy), born in Spotsylvania County, Virginia (d. 1873)
  • Jan 14 Sir Charles Hotham, Governor of Victoria, born in Dennington, United Kingdom (d. 1855)
  • Jan 17 James Madison Randolph, Jefferson's grandson and the 1st to be born in the White House, born in Washington, D.C.
  • Jan 20 Nathaniel Parker Willis, American writer, editor and founder of the American Monthly Magazine, born in Portland, Maine (d. 1867)
  • Jan 25 Daniel Maclise, Irish painter, born in Cork, Republic of Ireland (d. 1870)
  • Feb 14 Lajos, Count Batthyany, 1st Prime Minister of Hungary, born in Pozsony, Kingdom of Hungary, Austrian Empire (d. 1849)
  • Feb 22 Józef Kremer, Polish messianistic philosopher (d. 1875)

Person of interestElizabeth Barrett Browning

Mar 6 Elizabeth Barrett Browning, English poet ("Sonnets from the Portuguese"), born in Kelloe, Durham (d. 1861)

  • Mar 12 Jane Appleton Pierce, American 1st lady (1853-57) and wife of Franklin Pierce, born in Hampton, New Hampshire (d. 1863)
  • Mar 17 Norbert Rillieux, American chemical engineer and inventor (sugar refiner), born in New Orleans, Louisiana (d. 1894)
  • Mar 21 Benito Pablo Juarez, president of Mexico (1858-72), born in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Mar 28 Ludolph Anne Jan Wilt Sloet van de Beele, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1861-66), born in Voorst, Batavian Republic (d. 1890)
  • Mar 28 Thomas Hare, English barrister and political reformer, born in England (d. 1891)
  • Apr 2 Giacomo Antonelli, Italian cardinal and assistant secretary of state of Pius IX, born in Sonnino, Italy (d. 1876)
  • Apr 3 Ivan Kireyevsky, Russian literary critic and philosopher, born in Moscow (d. 1856)

Person of interestIsambard Kingdom Brunel

Apr 9 Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer (SS Great Britain, Great Western Railway), born in Portsmouth, England (d. 1859)

  • Apr 10 Leonidas Polk, Lt. Gen. (Confederate Army), born in Raleigh, North Carolina (d. 1864)
  • Apr 21 Peter van Schendel, Dutch-Belgian painter (Monsieur Chandelle), born in Terheijden, Netherlands (d. 1870)
  • Apr 27 Maria Christina of the Two Sicilies, Queen of Spain (1829-33), born in Palermo, Italy (d. 1878)
  • Apr 29 Ernst Freiherr von Feuchtersleben, Austrian physician and philosopher, born in Vienna (d. 1849)
  • May 6 Chapin A. Harris, American dentist who founded the America Society of Dental Surgeons, born in Pompey, New York (d. 1860)
  • May 12 Amos Beebe Eaton, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Catskill, New York (d. 1877)
  • May 12 Johan Vilhelm Snellman, Finnish journalist, statesman and nationalist, born in Stockholm, Sweden (d. 1881)
  • May 16 George C. Cadwalader, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1879)

Person of interestJohn Stuart Mill

May 20 John Stuart Mill, English philosopher, political economist and utilitarian, born in London (d. 1873)

Philosopher and Political Economist John Stuart Mill
Philosopher and Political Economist
John Stuart Mill
  • May 26 Henry Thatcher, American rear admiral (U.S. Navy), born in Thomaston, Maine (d. 1880)
  • Jun 1 John B Floyd, American Governor (Virginia), Secretary of War (1857-60) and Confederate general, born in Blacksburg, Virginia (d. 1863)
  • Jun 8 Gideon Johnson Pillow, American lawyer and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Williamson County, Tennessee (d. 1878)
  • Jun 12 John A. Roebling, German-American civil engineer (Brooklyn Bridge), born in Mühlhausen, Germany (d. 1869)
  • Jun 13 Bernard ter Haar, Dutch poet (Herbert and Clara) and church historian, born in Amsterdam (d. 1880)
  • Jun 16 Edward Davy, English physician, chemist, and inventor (d. 1885)
  • Jul 7 Michele Amari, Italian historian/minister of Education
  • Jul 20 John Sterling, Scottish writer, born in Isle of Bute, United Kingdom (d. 1844)
  • Sep 5 Christophe Léon Louis Juchault de Lamoricière, French general, born in Nantes, France (d. 1865)
  • Sep 11 Joshua Blackwood Howell, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Woodbury, New Jersey (d. 1864)
  • Sep 12 Andrew Hull Foote, American Rear Admiral (Union Navy), born in New Haven, Connecticut (d. 1863)
  • Sep 13 Joseph L. Hogg, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Morgan County, Georgia (d. 1862)
  • Oct 3 Oliver Cowdery, American religious leader (Later Day Saint apostle), born in Wells, Vermont (d. 1850)
  • Oct 11 Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia (1842-58), born in Topola, Serbia (d. 1885)
  • Oct 14 Preston King, U.S. Senator from New York (1857-63), born in Ogdensburg, New York (d. 1865)
  • Oct 16 William Pitt Fessenden, Secy Treas (Union), (d. 1869)
  • Oct 18 John Breckinridge Grayson, Brig Genl (Confederate Army), (d. 1861)
  • Oct 25 Max Stirner [Johann Kaspar Schmidt], German philosopher (Der Einzige), born in Bayreuth, Bavaria (d. 1856)
  • Oct 28 Alphonse Pyramus de Candolle, French-Swiss botanist, born in Paris (d. 1893)
  • Nov 24 Omar Pasha [Michael Lats], Croatian governor/viceroy of Bosnia/Iraq
  • Dec 3 Henry A. Wise, American lawyer and politician (33rd Governor of Virginia), born in Drummondtown, Virginia (d. 1876)
  • Dec 9 Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician and Patriote, born in Lachine, Canada (d. 1838)
  • Dec 12 Stand Watie, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Calhoun, Georgia (d. 1871)