Birthdays in History in 1817

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  • Jan 8 John Selden Roane, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1867)
  • Jan 8 Sir Theophilus Shepstone, South African statesman (d. 1893)
  • Jan 14 Harmen S Sytstra, Dutch poet/editor (Iduna)
  • Jan 15 Lewis Golding Arnold, American Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey (d. 1871)
  • Jan 31 Antony Winkler Prins, Dutch writer (Groiler Encyclopaedia)
  • Feb 2 John Glover, English chemist (sulfuric acid)
  • Feb 3 Samuel Ryan Curtis, American politician and Major General (Union Army), born in Champlain, New York (d. 1866)
  • Feb 3 Achille Ernest Oscar Joseph Delesse, French geologist (d. 1881)
  • Feb 7 Leroy Pope Walker, US lawyer/Confederate minister of War (1861)
  • Feb 8 Richard Stoddert Ewell, Lt Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1872)
  • Feb 15 Charles F Daubigny, French restauranteur/painter
  • Feb 18 Lewis Addison Armistead, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1863)
  • Feb 18 Walter Page Lane, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1892)
  • Feb 19 Willem III, last male King of the Netherlands (1849-90), born in Brussels, Belgium (d. 1890)
  • Feb 21 Jose Zorrilla y Moral, Vallodolid Spain, poet/dramatist (El rey Loco)
  • Feb 22 Carl Wilhelm Borchardt, German mathematician (d. 1880)
  • Feb 23 George Watts, painter, born in London, England
  • Feb 28 James Craig, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Washington County, Pennsylvania (d. 1888)
  • Mar 1 Giovanni Duprè, Italian sculptor (d. 1882)
  • Mar 2 Janos Arany, Hungarian epic poet (Toldi, Death of King Buda)
  • Mar 4 Edwards Pierrepont, American statesman, jurist and lawyer; 34th United States Attorney General (d. 1892)
  • Mar 5 Austen H Layard, British archaeologist/diplomat
  • Mar 6 Princess Clémentine of Orléans (d. 1907)
  • Mar 19 Lewis Henry Little, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1862)
  • Mar 22 Braxton Bragg, Gen (Confederate Army), (d. 1876)
  • Mar 26 Herman Haupt, American civil engineer and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1905)
  • Mar 27 Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, Swiss biologist (d. 1891)
  • Mar 29 Constantine S Aksakov, Russian historian/poet
  • Apr 1 Johannes J van Oosterzee, Dutch theologist
  • Apr 4 John Wilson Sprague, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in White Creek, New York (d. 1893)
  • Apr 13 Alphonse Wauters, Belgian historian/archivist (Brussels)
  • Apr 18 George Henry Lewes, English philosophical writer (Life of Goethe)
  • Apr 19 John Philip "Spanish John", Scottish painter, born in Aberdeen (d. 1865)
  • May 5 George Washington Julian, MC (Union), (d. 1899)
  • May 14 Alexander Kaufmann, German poet (d. 1893)
  • May 15 Debendranath Tagore, Indian religious reformer (d. 1905)
  • May 18 James William Denver, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Winchester, Virginia (d. 1892)
  • May 31 Georg Herwegh, German poet, born in Stuttgart (d. 1875)
  • Jun 17 Thomas Maley Harris, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in Wood County, West Virginia (d. 1906)
  • Jun 21 James Brewerton Ricketts, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), born in NYC, New York (d. 1887)
  • Jun 26 Branwell Brontë [Patrick Branwell Brontë], English painter and writer and brother of the writers Charlotte, Emily and Anne (d. 1848)
  • Jun 30 Joseph D Hooker, British botanist
  • Jul 6 Albert von Kölliker, Swiss anatomist (d. 1905)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jul 12 Henry David Thoreau, American naturalist and pacifist (Walden Pond), born in Concord, Massachusetts (d. 1862)

Naturalist/Pacifist Henry David Thoreau
Naturalist/Pacifist
Henry David Thoreau
  • Jul 15 John Fowler, English engineer (London Metropolitan Railway)
  • Jul 19 Mary Ann Ball Bickerdyke, American army nurse (union)
  • Jul 21 John Gilbert, British artist, illustrator and engraver, born in Blackheath, Surrey (d. 1897)
  • Jul 21 Joseph K Barnes, American Major General (Union Army), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • Jul 24 Adolf WAKF, grand duke of Luxembourg (1890-1905)
  • Jul 29 James Blair Steedman, American Major General (Union Army), born in Northumberland County, Pennsylvania (d. 1883)
  • Jul 31 Philip Cook Jr, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1894)

  • Aug 3 Albrecht FR, arch duke of Austria (Battle at Custozza)
  • Aug 14 Alexander H. Bailey, American politician (d. 1874)
  • Aug 16 Henry Winter Davis, MC (Union), (d. 1865)
  • Aug 17 Joseph baron Kervyn de Lettenhove, Belgian Internal minister (1870-71)
  • Aug 24 Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, Russian novelist, poet and playwright (Prince Serebrenni), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 1875)
  • Sep 5 Aleksei K. Tolstoi, Russian poet and writer, born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 1875) [NS]
  • Sep 6 Alexander Tilloch Galt, Canadian politician, a father of Canadian Confederation, born in Chelsea, England (d. 1893)
  • Sep 7 Louise of Hesse-Kassel (or Hesse-Cassel), queen of Denmark (d. 1898)
  • Sep 9 Speed Smith Fry, American lawyer, judge, and Brigadier General (Union Army), born in Mercer County, Kentucky (d. 1892)
  • Sep 13 John McAuley Palmer, US Union msj-gen/(Gov-Ill, 1868-72)
  • Sep 14 Theodor Storm, German judge/author (Imense China)
  • Sep 21 Carter Littlepage Stevenson, Major General (Confederate Army)
  • Sep 24 Ramon de Campoamor Campoosorio, Spanish poet (Doloras)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 27 Hiram R. Revels, 1st African American US Senator, born in Fayetteville, North Carolina (d. 1901)

Minister and US Senator Hiram R. Revels
Minister and US Senator
Hiram R. Revels
  • Oct 7 Bushrod Rust Johnson, Major General (Confederate Army), (d. 1880)
  • Oct 10 Christophorus H D Buys Ballot, Dutch meteorologist/founder KNMI
  • Oct 17 Syed Ahmad Khan, Indian Muslim leader, born in Delhi, Mughal Empire
  • Oct 17 Samuel Ringgold Ward, Maryland, minister/abolitionist (Fugitive Negro)
  • Oct 23 Pierre Athanase Larousse, French lexicographer (d. 1875)
  • Oct 24 Hippolyte Mège-Mouriés, French chemist and inventor of margarine, born in Draguignan, France
  • Oct 30 Hermann Kopp, German chemist (Jahresbericht of Chemistry)
  • Nov 8 Claudius Wistar Sears, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), (d. 1891)
  • Nov 8 Theodoor J Canneel, Flemish painter
  • Nov 9 Edward Richard Sprigg Canby, American Major General (Union Army), born in Piatt's Landing, Kentucky (d. 1873)
  • Nov 12 Bahá'u'lláh, Prophet Founder of the Bahá'í Faith (d. 1892)
  • Nov 21 Richard B. Garnett, Confederate Brigadier General, born in Essex County, Virginia (d. 1863)
  • Nov 24 Juan de la Cruz Moreno Maisonave, Guatemala
  • Nov 25 John Bigelow, American statesman and author (d. 1911)
  • Nov 30 Theodor Mommsen, German historian and scholar (Imperial Lives, Nobel 1902), born in Garding, Duchy of Schleswig (d. 1903)
  • Dec 2 Heinrich von Sybel, German historian (d. 1895)
  • Dec 8 Christian Emil Krag-Juel-Vind-Frijs, Danish nobleman and politician (d. 1896)
  • Dec 19 James Jay Archer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army) (d. 1864)