Famous 18th Century Educators

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Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
(Baroque Composer & Virtuoso Violinist Known for His Violin Concertos 'The Four Seasons')
Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
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Birthdate: March 4, 1678
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: July 28, 1741

Italian Baroque composer, virtuoso violinist, and teacher, Antonio Lucio Vivaldi, is regarded as one of the greatest Baroque composers. He was extremely popular during his lifetime and composed many instrumental concertos and operas. He was also a Roman Catholic priest and worked at a home for abandoned children. Even though he died in 1741, his music continues to be popular.

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Antonio Salieri
(Italian Classical Composer, Conductor, and Teacher)
Antonio Salieri
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Birthdate: August 18, 1750
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Legnago, Italy
Died: May 7, 1825

Antonio Salieri was an Italian classical composer, conductor, and teacher considered a key figure in the development of late 18th-century opera. He was a protégé of eminent composer Christoph Willibald Gluck. For several years, he served as the director of the Italian opera by the Habsburg court. His works were performed widely across Europe during his lifetime. 

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Friedrich Froebel
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Birthdate: April 21, 1782
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oberweißbach, Germany
Died: June 21, 1852
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Horace Mann
(Educator & Politician)
Horace Mann
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Birthdate: May 4, 1796
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Franklin
Died: August 2, 1859
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Johann Pachelbel
(One of the Most Influential Composers and Organists of the Middle Baroque Era)
Johann Pachelbel
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Birthdate: 1653 AD
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany
Died: March 7, 1706

Johann Pachelbel was a German composer, teacher, and organist who is credited with helping the south German organ schools achieve their peak. His contributions to the progression of the fugue and chorale prelude have established him as one of the most prominent composers of the middle Baroque era. During his lifetime, his music became a model for several German composers.

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Adam Weishaupt
(German Philosopher and Founder of Enlightenment-Era Secret Society 'Illuminati')
Adam Weishaupt
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Birthdate: February 6, 1748
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ingolstadt, Germany
Died: November 18, 1830
On a night in 1776, deep within a forest near Ingolstadt, German law professor Adam Weishaupt and four others formed a secret society known as the Illuminati, which was supposed to be a parallel to religion. Since then, many conspiracy theories have held the society responsible for unexplained global events. 
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Leopold Mozart
(German Composer, Violinist and Theorist Best Known as the Father and Teacher of 'Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart')
Leopold Mozart
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Birthdate: November 14, 1719
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Augsburg, Germany
Died: May 28, 1787

German violinist and composer Leopold Mozart is best remembered as the father and music teacher of legendary composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. However, Leopold was often blamed for exploiting his son’s musical talent by pushing him to perform as a child. He also had a troubled relationship with his adult son.

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Deborah Sampson
(Military woman)
Deborah Sampson
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Birthdate: December 17, 1760
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Plympton, Massachusetts, USA
Died: April 29, 1827
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John Witherspoon
(Scottish-American Presbyterian Minister, Educator and a Founding Father of the United States)
John Witherspoon
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Birthdate: February 5, 1723
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gifford, Scotland
Died: November 15, 1794

John Witherspoon was a Scottish American slaveholder, Presbyterian minister, and Founding Father of the United States. A signatory to the Declaration of Independence, Witherspoon also signed the Articles of Confederation. He also played a crucial role in shaping public policy in the United States of America.

John Baptist de La Salle
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Birthdate: April 30, 1651
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kingdom of France
Died: April 7, 1719

John Baptist de La Salle, also known as La Salle, is remembered as the founder of the Brothers of the Christian Schools, or the de La Salle Brothers. Apart from setting up charitable boarding schools, he also trained teachers. He is revered as the patron saint of school teachers and educators.

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Noah Webster
(Lexicographer)
Noah Webster
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Birthdate: October 16, 1758
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: May 28, 1843

Noah Webster was an American textbook pioneer, lexicographer, political writer, English-language spelling reformer, author, and editor. Dubbed the Father of American Scholarship and Education, Webster's books have been credited with teaching the art of spelling and reading to five generations of American children. Thanks to his work as a spelling reformer, his name became synonymous with dictionary in the US.

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Amos Bronson Alcott
(Teacher and Educator)
Amos Bronson Alcott
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Birthdate: November 29, 1799
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wolcott, Connecticut
Died: March 4, 1888
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Richard Allen
(American Clergyman Who was the First Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church)
Richard Allen
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Birthdate: February 14, 1760
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 26, 1831

Born to slave parents, American clergyman Richard Allen became a Methodist convert at 22. He later founded the African Methodist Episcopal Church and served as its first bishop. Apart from establishing the first church for Blacks in the U.S., he worked on various aspects to improve the lives of Blacks.

Charles-Michel de l'Épée
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Birthdate: November 24, 1712
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Versailles, Yvelines, France
Died: December 23, 1789

Eighteenth-century philanthropic educator Charles-Michel de l'Épée is regarded as the Father of the Deaf for pioneering the education of the deaf and dumb. He laid down the Signed French system, which enabled the deaf to participate in legal proceedings. His French Sign Language laid the path to the American Sign Language.

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Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
(Swiss Educational Reformer and Pedagogue Who Exemplified Romanticism in His Approach)
Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi
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Birthdate: January 12, 1746
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: February 17, 1827

Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi was a Swiss educational reformer and pedagogue. He is credited with establishing several educational institutions in French- and German-speaking regions of Switzerland. He also came up with many works explaining his modern principles of education. Thanks to Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi, Switzerland was able to overcome illiteracy as early as 1830.

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Edward Everett
(Former American senator)
Edward Everett
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Birthdate: April 11, 1794
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts
Died: January 15, 1865

Edward Everett was an American politician, diplomat, educator, pastor, and orator. Widely regarded as one of the great orators of the Civil War and antebellum eras, Everett is remembered for his two-hour speech at the Soldiers' National Cemetery in Gettysburg in 1863, where Abraham Lincoln delivered his popular Gettysburg Address. Edward Everett also taught ancient Greek literature at Harvard University.

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Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
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Birthdate: December 10, 1787
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Died: September 10, 1851
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Abigail Fillmore
(First Lady of America)
Abigail Fillmore
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Birthdate: March 13, 1798
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saratoga County
Died: March 30, 1853
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Thomas Arnold
(Educator)
Thomas Arnold
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Birthdate: June 13, 1795
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: East Cowes, England
Died: June 12, 1842
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Edmund Ignatius Rice
(Irish Catholic Missionary and Educationalist)
Edmund Ignatius Rice
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Birthdate: June 1, 1762
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Callan, County Kilkenny, Ireland
Died: August 29, 1844
Irish businessman Edmund Ignatius Rice was a successful trader of livestock and other supplies. After his wife’s death, he devoted himself to several charitable causes, especially those related to the education and health of the poor. He later founded the Congregation of the Brothers of the Christian Schools of Ireland.
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Aaron Burr Sr.
(Educator)
Aaron Burr Sr.
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Birthdate: January 4, 1716
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fairfield, Connecticut, United States
Died: September 24, 1757
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Thomas Campbell
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Birthdate: July 27, 1777
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: June 15, 1844

Scottish poet Thomas Campbell is best known for his emotional war poems and songs, such as Ye Mariners of England. He was also one of the men behind the formation of University College London. Though he initially intended to study law, he later ended up writing some of the best patriotic lyrics.

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Mary Lyon
(Pioneer in Women's Education)
Mary Lyon
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Birthdate: February 28, 1797
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buckland
Died: March 5, 1849
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Belva Ann Lockwood
(American lawyer)
Belva Ann Lockwood
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Birthdate: October 24, 1830
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Royalton, New York
Died: May 19, 1917
Rose Philippine Duchesne
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Birthdate: August 29, 1769
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Grenoble, France
Died: November 18, 1852
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Nano Nagle
(Educator)
Nano Nagle
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Birthdate: 1718 AD
Birthplace: Ballygriffin, County Cork, Ireland
Died: April 26, 1784
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Julie Billiart
(Religious leader)
Julie Billiart
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Birthdate: July 12, 1751
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cuvilly, France
Died: April 8, 1816
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David Bushnell
(Inventor)
David Bushnell
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Birthdate: August 30, 1740
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Connecticut, United States
Died: 1824 AD
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Andrés Bello
(An Exemplary Figure in the History of Spanish American Culture Noted for His Work as a Naturalist)
Andrés Bello
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Birthdate: November 29, 1781
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Caracas
Died: October 15, 1865

Regarded as the intellectual father of South America, Venezuelan-Chilean poet Andrés Bello one taught revolutionary leader Simón Bolívar and also inspired the struggle for Venezuelan independence. He established the University of Chile and also penned masterpieces such as Las Silvas Americanas. As a legislator, he inspired the Chilean Civil Code.

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Nicola Porpora
(Composer)
Nicola Porpora
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Birthdate: August 17, 1686
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: March 3, 1768
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Rowland Hill
(Teacher)
Rowland Hill
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Birthdate: December 3, 1795
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kidderminster, England
Died: August 27, 1879

Born to a schoolmaster, Rowland Hill followed in his father’s footsteps to become a teacher and explored subjects such as astronomy and math. He is, however, best remembered for his reform of the postal system, including increasing the speed of letter transfer and introducing the prototype of the postage stamp.  

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Adamantios Korais
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Birthdate: April 27, 1748
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Smyrna, Greece
Died: April 6, 1833
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Fromental Halévy
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Birthdate: May 27, 1799
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 17, 1862
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Anton Reicha
(Educator)
Anton Reicha
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Birthdate: February 26, 1770
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: May 28, 1836
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Francis Daniel Pastorius
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Birthdate: September 26, 1651
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sommerhausen, Germany
Died: 1720 AD
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Friedrich Rückert
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Birthdate: May 16, 1788
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Schweinfurt, Germany
Died: January 31, 1866
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Eleazar Wheelock
(American Congregational Minister, Orator, and Educator)
Eleazar Wheelock
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Birthdate: April 22, 1711
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Windham, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 24, 1779

Eleazar Wheelock was an 18th-century Congregational minister, orator, and educator in Lebanon. He was the founder of the Moor's Charity School, which he started to educate Native Americans. Later on, he founded Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, with the primary motive of educating the sons of American colonists. He was a long-term slave owner.

August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben
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Birthdate: April 2, 1798
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fallersleben, Wolfsburg, Germany
Died: January 19, 1874
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Giovanni Bononcini
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Birthdate: July 18, 1670
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: July 9, 1747
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William George Horner
(Mathematician)
William George Horner
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Birthdate: June 9, 1786
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: September 22, 1837
Johann Georg Albrechtsberger
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Birthdate: February 3, 1736
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Klosterneuburg, Austria
Died: March 7, 1809
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Timothy Dwight IV
(Theologian)
Timothy Dwight IV
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Birthdate: May 14, 1752
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Northampton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 11, 1817
Françoise-Louise de Warens
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Birthdate: March 31, 1699
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vevey, Switzerland
Died: November 29, 1762
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Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll
(Former Lord Keeper of the Great Seal of Scotland)
Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll
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Birthdate: June 1, 1682
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ham House, Petersham, Surrey, England
Died: April 15, 1761

Part of the famous Campbell family of Scottish noblemen, Archibald Campbell, 3rd Duke of Argyll was one of the most prominent politicians of his day. He had initially served the army and had also been the treasurer of Scotland. He was also one of the co-founders of the Royal Bank of Scotland.

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Goldsworthy Gurney
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Birthdate: February 14, 1793
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Treator, Padstow, England
Died: February 28, 1875
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Sarah Kemble Knight
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Birthdate: April 19, 1666
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 25, 1727
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Valentin Haüy
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Birthdate: November 13, 1745
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Just-en-Chaussee, France
Died: March 19, 1822
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Anthony Benezet
(Educator)
Anthony Benezet
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Birthdate: January 31, 1713
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint-Quentin, France
Died: May 3, 1784
Stéphanie Félicité, comtesse de Genlis
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Birthdate: January 25, 1746
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Issy-l'Évêque, Saône-et-Loire
Died: December 31, 1830
Giovanni Battista Martini
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Birthdate: April 24, 1706
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: August 3, 1784