On This Day

Birthdays in History in December 1847

  • Dec 7 Solomon Schechter, Moldavian-American Talmudic scholar and rabbi, born in Focşani, Moldavia (d. 1915)
  • Dec 17 Émile Faguet, French writer and critic (d. 1916)
  • Dec 30 John Peter Altgeld, German-American politician (Governor of Illinois, 1893-97), known for pardoning of Haymarket anarchists, born in Selters, Duchy of Nassau (now Germany) (d. 1902)