Historical Figures Born in 1815

  • Jan 1 Charles Renouvier, French philosopher, born in Montpellier, France (d. 1903)
  • Jan 8 George Webb Morell, American Major General (Union Army), born in Cooperstown, New York (d. 1883)
  • Jan 8 Lawrence Pike Graham, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Amelia County, Virginia (d. 1905)
  • Jan 10 Alexander Brydie Dyer, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Richmond, Virginia (d. 1874)
  • Jan 10 Thomas Williams, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Albany, New York (d. 1862)

John A. MacdonaldJohn A. Macdonald (1815-1891)

Jan 11 1st Prime Minister of Canada (1867-73 and 1878-91), born in Glasgow, Scotland

  • Jan 13 William Henry French, American Major General (Union Army), born in Baltimore, Maryland (d. 1881)
  • Jan 15 Henry Morris Naglee, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1886)
  • Jan 16 Henry Wagner "Old Brains" Halleck, American expert in military studies and Major General (Union Army), born in Oneida County, New York (d. 1872)
  • Jan 18 Constantin von Tischendorf, German biblical scholar (d. 1874)
  • Jan 18 James Chesnut Jr, American politician and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Camden, South Carolina (d. 1885)
  • Jan 18 Richard Yates, American politician (Governor of Illinois 1861-65 and Senator, supported the Union), (born in Warsaw, Kentucky (d. 1873)
  • Jan 21 Horace Wells, American dentist (pioneered use of medical anesthesia), born in Hartford, Vermont (d. 1848)
  • Jan 21 John Bingham, American lawyer, politician (US Representative from Ohio (R), 1865-73), and diplomat (US Ambassador to Japan, 1873-85), born in Mercer, Pennsylvania (d. 1900)
  • Jan 28 Andrew Jackson Hamilton, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Huntsville, Alabama (d. 1875)
  • Feb 2 Nathaniel Collins McLean, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1905)
  • Feb 12 Edward Forbes, English Naturalist and pioneer in the field of biogeography, born in Douglas, Isle of Man (d. 1854)
  • Feb 18 Henri Leys, Flemish painter
  • Feb 21 Ernest Meissonier, French painter and sculptor
  • Feb 25 Robert Hall Chilton, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1879)
  • Mar 5 John Wentworth, American politician (d. 1888)
  • Mar 9 David Davis, Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, born in Cecil County, Maryland (d. 1886)
  • Mar 13 James Curtis Hepburn, American missionary and linguist, born in Milton, Pennsylvania (d. 1911)
  • Mar 28 Arsène Houssaye, French novelist and poet, born in Bruyères, France (d. 1896)

Otto von BismarckOtto von Bismarck (1815-1898)

Apr 1 German chancellor (1866-90) who helped unify Germany, born in Schönhausen, Prussia

  • Apr 11 Clara Fey, German Roman Catholic Nun and the founder of the Sisters of the Poor Child Jesus, born in Aachen, Prussia (d. 1894)
  • Apr 24 Anthony Trollope, English novelist and poet (Barchester Towers), born in London (d. 1882)
  • Apr 24 James E. Harrison, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Greenville District, South Carolina (d. 1875)
  • Apr 28 Andrew Jackson Smith, American Major General (Union Army), born in Livingston County, Kentucky (d. 1897)
  • Apr 29 Abram Duryée, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1890)
  • May 3 Hermanus Willem Witteveen, Dutch theologist, born in Boornbergum, Netherlands (d. 1884)
  • May 5 Eugène Marin Labiche, French playwright (The Italian Straw Hat), born in Paris (d. 1888)
  • May 18 Thomas Stanhope Bocock, American politician (Speaker in Confederates House of Represetnatives), born in Buckingham County, Virginia (d. 1891)
  • May 19 John Gross Barnard, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Sheffield, Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • May 27 Henry Parkes, Australian politician (longest non-consecutive Premier of the Colony of New South Wales), born in Canley, Warwickshire, England (d. 1896)
  • Jun 1 Otto of Greece, King of Greece (1832-62), born in Salzburg, Bavaria (d. 1862)
  • Jun 2 Philip Kearny, American Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1862)
  • Jun 3 Martin Edward Green, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • Jun 4 Paul Jones Semmes, American businessman and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Wilkes County, Georgia (d. 1863)
  • Jun 11 Julia Margaret Cameron, English photographer, born in Calcutta, India (d. 1879)
  • Jun 19 Cornelius Krieghoff, Dutch-Canadian painter, born in Amsterdam (d. 1872)
  • Jul 13 James Alexander Seddon, politician and lawyer (Confederate Secretary of War, 1862-65), born in Falmouth, Virginia (d. 1880)
  • Jul 21 Stewart Van Vliet, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Ferrisburgh, Vermont (d. 1901)
  • Jul 24 Arnaud-Michel d'Abbadie, French explorer (Ethiopia), born in Dublin, Ireland (d. 1893)
  • Jul 28 Stefan Dunjov, Banat Bulgarian military figure (d. 1889)
  • Jul 30 Thomas Jackson Rodman, American Brevet Brigadier General (Union Army), inventor of the rodman gun and perforated-cake gunpowder, born in Salem, Indiana (d. 1871)
  • Aug 1 Richard Henry Dana Jr., American author (Two Years Before the Mast), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 1882)
  • Aug 2 Adolf Friedrich von Schack, German poet, born in Brüsewitz, Germany (d. 1894)
  • Aug 4 Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich, Sulz am Neckar, German Physician and advocate of scientific medicine
  • Aug 5 Edward John Eyre, British explorer and Governor of Jamaica, born in Whipsnade, England (d. 1901)
  • Aug 16 John Bosco, Italian priest, youth worker, educator, founder of the Salesian Society, born in Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Italy (d. 1888)
  • Aug 19 John P. McCown, American Major General (Confederate Army), born in Sevier County, Tennessee (d. 1879)
  • Aug 29 Anna Ella Carroll, American politician and civil war writer (Reconstruction), born in Pocomoke City, Maryland (d. 1894)
  • Sep 4 Andreas Ignatius Schaepman, Archbishop of Utrecht (1868-82), born in Zwolle, Netherlands (d. 1882)
  • Sep 5 Tyree Harris Bell, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Covington, Kentucky (d. 1902)
  • Sep 6 St. John Richardson Liddell, American Civil War Confederate General, born in Wilkinson County, Mississippi (d. 1870)
  • Sep 7 Howell Cobb, American politician (U.S. Secretary of Treasury), born in Jefferson County, Georgia (d. 1868)
  • Sep 7 John McDouall Stuart, Australian explorer, born in Dysart, Fife, Scotland (d. 1866)
  • Sep 8 Alexander Ramsey, American politician (1st Governor of Minnesota Territory), born in Hummelstown, Pennsylvania (d. 1903)
  • Sep 10 Eleazer Arthur Paine, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Geauga County, Ohio (d. 1882)
  • Sep 18 Henry C. Wayne, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Savannah, Georgia (d. 1883)
  • Sep 29 Andreas Aschenbach, German Romantic painter and engraver, born in Kassel (d. 1910)
  • Oct 11 Pierre Napoleon Bonaparte, Corsican representative of the people, born in Rome, Italy (d. 1881)
  • Oct 12 William J. Hardee, U.S. Army officer (Confederate Army), born in Camden County, Georgia (d. 1873)
  • Oct 13 Jules Quicherat, French historian and archaeologist, born in Paris (d. 1882)
  • Oct 16 Francis Lubbock, Governor of Texas (d. 1905)
  • Oct 17 Emanuel Geibel, writer
  • Oct 23 João Maurício Wanderley, Brazilian magistrate and politician (d. 1889)
  • Oct 24 John Edwards, American politician (US Representative Arkansas) Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Louisville, Kentucky (d. 1894)
  • Oct 29 Ľudovít Štúr, Slovak politician and author of Slovak language, born in Uhrovec, Austrian Empire (d. 1856)
  • Oct 31 Karl Weierstrass, German mathematician (theory of functions), born in Ostenfelde, Germany (d. 1897)
  • Nov 1 Crawford Williamson Long, American surgeon and pioneer (use of ether as an anesthetic in surgery), born in Danielsville, Georgia (d. 1878)
  • Nov 1 Douglas H. Cooper, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), born in Amite County, Mississippi (d. 1879)
  • Nov 2 George Boole, English mathematician (Boolean algebra), born in Lincoln, England (d. 1864)
  • Nov 3 John Mitchel, Irish nationalist (Jail Journal), born in Camnish, County Londonderry (d. 1875)

Elizabeth Cady StantonElizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902)

Nov 12 American women's rights activist, abolitionist and writer, born in Johnstown, New York

  • Nov 15 John Banvard, American artist who painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), born in NYC, New York (d. 1892)
  • Nov 23 William Dennison, American politician (US postmaster general, Governor of Ohio), born in Cincinnati, Ohio (d. 1882)
  • Nov 24 Grace Darling, English heroine (d. 1842)
  • Nov 24 James Trapier, N Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1865)
  • Nov 29 Stephen Augustus Hurlbut, American politician, commander of US Army of the Gulf, Major General (Union Army), born in Charleston, South Carolina (d. 1882)
  • Dec 8 Adolph Menzel, German painter and graphic artist, born in Breslau, Prussian Silesia (d. 1905)

Ada LovelaceAda Lovelace (1815-1852)

Dec 10 English mathematician considered the first Computer Programmer, born in London

  • Dec 21 Thomas Couture, French history painter & teacher, born in Senlis, France (d. 1879)
  • Dec 22 Johann Jakob Bachofen, Swiss antiquarian & jurist, born in Basel, Switzerland (d. 1887)
  • Dec 23 Henry Highland Garnet, American minister, abolitionist and diplomat, born in Maryland (d. 1882)
  • Dec 26 Israel Bush Richardson, American Major General (Union Army), born in Fairfax, Vermont (d. 1862)
  • Dec 31 George Gordon Meade, Spanish-American Major General (Union Army), born in Cádiz, Spain (d. 1872)