Famous 18th Century Journalists

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 1 John Peter Zenger

John Peter Zenger.
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 26, 1697
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Impflingen, Germany
Died: July 28, 1746

German-born John Peter Zenger moved to New York at 13 and joined the printing business immediately. He later gained fame with the New York Weekly Journal, which often attacked governor William Cosby, resulting in Zenger’s arrest. His acquittal in the libel suit is regarded as a landmark case in press freedom.

 2 William Cullen Bryant

William Cullen Bryant.
Famous As: Romantic Poet
Birthdate: November 3, 1794
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cummington, Massachusetts
Died: June 12, 1878
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 3 Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau

Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau.
Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Diplomat, Writer, Economist
Birthdate: March 9, 1749
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Le Bignon-Mirabeau
Died: April 2, 1791

Honoré Gabriel Riqueti, comte de Mirabeau was the son of renowned economist Victor Riqueti. A bout of small pox disfigured his face permanently but that didn’t stop him from rising as a leader of the French Revolution. However, posthumously, he was proved to be a royalist.

 4 Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing.
Famous As: Writer, Philosopher, Playwright, Poet, Librarian, Theologian, Dramaturge, Literary critic, Journalist
Birthdate: January 22, 1729
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kamenz
Died: February 15, 1781

Gotthold Ephraim Lessing was a noted German dramatist, critic, and author, remembered especially for his contribution towards liberating German theatre from the influence of its classical and French counterpart. Known for such literary masterpieces like Miss Sara Sampson; Emilia Galotti; Minna von Barnhelm; Nathan the Wise; Laocoön; Hamburg Dramaturgy, he is now considered an outstanding representative of the Enlightenment era.

 5 Camille Desmoulins

Camille Desmoulins.
Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: March 2, 1760
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guise
Died: April 5, 1794

 6 James Gordon Bennett, Sr.

James Gordon Bennett, Sr..
Famous As: Founder of New York Herald
Birthdate: September 1, 1795
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Keith
Died: June 1, 1872

 7 Manuel Belgrano

Manuel Belgrano
Famous As: Lawyer, Journalist, Economist, Politician, Soldier, Jurist
Birthdate: June 3, 1770
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires
Died: June 20, 1820
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 8 Friedrich List

Friedrich List
Famous As: Economist, University teacher, Journalist
Birthdate: August 6, 1789
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reutlingen
Died: November 30, 1846

 9 François-Noël Babeuf

François-Noël Babeuf
Famous As: Journalist, Writer, Archivist, Politician
Birthdate: November 23, 1760
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Quentin
Died: May 27, 1797

 10 Jacques Pierre Brissot

Jacques Pierre Brissot
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 15, 1754
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chartres, Orléanais, France
Died: October 31, 1793

Jacques Pierre Brissot was a French journalist and publisher. He was one of the most important members of the Girondins, who played a prominent role during the French Revolution. Brissot is also credited with founding the Society of the Friends of the Blacks, an abolitionist society, which aimed at abolishing the institution of slavery.

 11 John Woolman

John Woolman
Famous As: Religious leader
Birthdate: October 19, 1720
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ancocas, New Jersey, United States
Died: October 7, 1772

John Woolman was an American tailor, merchant, abolitionist, journalist, and Quaker preacher. He is best remembered for preaching Quaker beliefs after traveling through the American frontier. He condemned slavery, cruelty to animals, conscription, and economic injustices. He also published several essays against slavery. His journal, which he carried throughout his life, was published posthumously as The Journal of John Woolman.

 12 Georg Forster

Georg Forster
Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: November 27, 1754
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mokry Dwór, Poland
Died: January 10, 1794

 13 Sydney Smith

Sydney Smith
Famous As: Cleric, Journalist
Birthdate: June 3, 1771
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Woodford, London, United Kingdom
Died: February 22, 1845

 14 Nicolas Chamfort

Nicolas Chamfort
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 6, 1741
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clermont-Ferrand, France
Died: April 13, 1794

 15 Jacques Mallet du Pan

Jacques Mallet du Pan
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 5, 1749
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Céligny, Switzerland
Died: May 10, 1800

 16 Guillaume Thomas François Raynal

Guillaume Thomas François Raynal
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 12, 1713
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lapanouse, France
Died: March 6, 1796

 17 Louis-Marie Stanislas Fréron

Louis-Marie Stanislas Fréron
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: August 17, 1754
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 15, 1802

 18 Sir Roger L'Estrange

Sir Roger L'Estrange
Famous As: Pamphleteer
Birthdate: December 17, 1616
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hunstanton, England
Died: December 11, 1704

 19 Jean-François Marmontel

Jean-François Marmontel
Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: July 11, 1723
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bort-les-Orgues, France
Died: December 31, 1799

Jean-François Marmontel was a French historian and writer. He was a prominent member of the Encyclopédistes movement. He studied with the Jesuits at Mauriac and taught in their colleges. He began a literary career at the advice of Voltaire and wrote a series of tragedies, including Cleopâtre and Heraclides. He was a member of Les Neuf Sœurs, a masonic lodge. 

 20 Benjamin Harris

Benjamin Harris
Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: 1673 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: 1716 AD

 21 Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart

Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 24, 1739
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Obersontheim, Germany
Died: October 10, 1791

 22 John Hawkesworth

John Hawkesworth
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1715 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: November 16, 1773

 23 Charles Maclaren

Charles Maclaren
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 7, 1782
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ormiston, Scotland
Died: September 10, 1866

 24 Johann Jakob Bodmer

Johann Jakob Bodmer
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 19, 1698
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Greifensee, Switzerland
Died: January 2, 1783

 25 Simon-Nicolas-Henri Linguet

Simon-Nicolas-Henri Linguet
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 14, 1736
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Reims, France
Died: June 27, 1794

 26 Françoise Prévost

Françoise Prévost
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: 1680 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1741 AD

 27 Heinrich Christian Boie

Heinrich Christian Boie
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 19, 1744
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Meldorf, Germany
Died: February 25, 1806

 28 Justus van Effen

Justus van Effen
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 21, 1684
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Utrecht, Netherlands
Died: September 18, 1735

 29 Nicolas Jean Hugou de Basseville

Nicolas Jean Hugou de Basseville
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: February 7, 1743
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Abbeville, France
Died: January 13, 1793

 30 Jean-Baptiste Louvet

Jean-Baptiste Louvet
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: June 12, 1760
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 25, 1797