Famous 18th Century Journalists

Right IconThis ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

Vote for Your Favourite 18th Century Journalists
 1 
John Peter Zenger
(German Printer and Journalist)
John Peter Zenger
3
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
(Romantic Poet)
William Cullen Bryant
3
Birthdate: November 3, 1794
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cummington, Massachusetts
Died: June 12, 1878
 3 
Friedrich List
(Economist, University teacher, Journalist)
Friedrich List
2
Birthdate: August 6, 1789
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reutlingen
Died: November 30, 1846

German-American economist Friedrich List is remembered as one of the pioneers of the historical school of economics. He supported tariffs on imported goods to help the domestic market. He is also known for his pamphlet Outlines of American Political Economy and his book The National System of Political Economy.

Recommended Lists:
 4 
Manuel Belgrano
(Lawyer, Journalist, Economist, Politician, Soldier, Jurist)
Manuel Belgrano
2
Birthdate: June 3, 1770
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buenos Aires
Died: June 20, 1820

Manuel Belgrano was an Argentine lawyer, politician, economist, journalist, and military leader. Widely regarded as one of the most important Libertadores of Argentina, Belgrano played a prominent role in the Argentine Wars of Independence and is credited with creating the Flag of Argentina. Manuel Belgrano is regarded as one of the greatest heroes in the history of Argentina.

 5 
Francis P. Blair
(Journalist)
Francis P. Blair
3
Birthdate: April 12, 1791
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Abingdon, Virginia, United States
Died: October 18, 1876
 6 
David Walker
(Writer)
David Walker
3
Birthdate: September 28, 1796
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cape Fear, United States
Died: August 6, 1830
 7 
Camille Desmoulins
(Journalist, Politician, Lawyer)
Camille Desmoulins
3
Birthdate: March 2, 1760
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guise
Died: April 5, 1794
 8 
François-Noël Babeuf
(Journalist, Writer, Archivist, Politician)
François-Noël Babeuf
2
Birthdate: November 23, 1760
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Quentin
Died: May 27, 1797
 9 
William Cobbett
(Journalist)
William Cobbett
2
Birthdate: March 9, 1763
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Farnham, Surrey, England
Died: June 18, 1835
 10 
Jacques Hébert
(Journalist and The founder and editor of the extreme radical newspaper Le Père Duchesne during the French Revolution)
Jacques Hébert
2
Birthdate: November 15, 1757
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Alençon, France
Died: March 24, 1794
 11 
Mary Lamb
(Author)
Mary Lamb
2
Birthdate: December 3, 1764
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 20, 1847
 12 
Georg Forster
(German Explorer Who Established Travel Literature as a Genre in Germany)
Georg Forster
2
Birthdate: November 27, 1754
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mokry Dwór, Poland
Died: January 10, 1794
German ethnologist, explorer, and travel writer Georg Forster established travel literature as a prominent genre in the German literary circle. Both he and his naturalist father, Johann Reinhold Forster, accompanied Capt. James Cook on his second voyage around the world. He also taught at several universities, before becoming a librarian.
 13 
Philip Freneau
2
Birthdate: January 2, 1752
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: December 18, 1832
 14 
Sydney Smith
(Cleric, Journalist)
Sydney Smith
2
Birthdate: June 3, 1771
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Woodford, London, United Kingdom
Died: February 22, 1845
 15 
Jacques Mallet du Pan
2
Birthdate: November 5, 1749
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Céligny, Switzerland
Died: May 10, 1800
 16 
Adolf Brand
(Writer)
Adolf Brand
2
Birthdate: November 14, 1874
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 2, 1945
 17 
Bertrand Barère
(Politician)
Bertrand Barère
2
Birthdate: September 10, 1755
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tarbes, France
Died: January 13, 1841
Friedrich Melchior, baron von Grimm
1
Birthdate: December 26, 1723
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Regensburg, Germany
Died: December 19, 1807
 19 
Mariano Moreno
2
Birthdate: September 23, 1778
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: March 4, 1811
 20 
Nicolas Chamfort
2
Birthdate: April 6, 1741
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clermont-Ferrand, France
Died: April 13, 1794
Guillaume Thomas François Raynal
1
Birthdate: April 12, 1713
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lapanouse, France
Died: March 6, 1796
Louis-Marie Stanislas Fréron
1
Birthdate: August 17, 1754
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 15, 1802
 23 
Sir Roger L'Estrange
1
Birthdate: December 17, 1616
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hunstanton, England
Died: December 11, 1704
 24 
Matthias Claudius
1
Birthdate: August 15, 1740
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reinfeld, Germany
Died: January 21, 1815
 25 
William Hone
(Writer)
William Hone
1
Birthdate: June 3, 1780
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bath, England
Died: November 8, 1842
 26 
Alexander Gordon Laing
1
Birthdate: December 27, 1794
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: September 26, 1826
 27 
Richard Carlile
(Journalist)
Richard Carlile
1
Birthdate: December 8, 1790
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ashburton, England
Died: February 10, 1843
 28 
Joseph von Görres
1
Birthdate: January 25, 1776
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Koblenz, Germany
Died: January 29, 1848
Christian Friedrich Daniel Schubart
1
Birthdate: March 24, 1739
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Obersontheim, Germany
Died: October 10, 1791
 30 
Alexander Chalmers
1
Birthdate: March 29, 1759
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland
Died: December 29, 1834
 31 
Nikolay Novikov
1
Birthdate: May 8, 1744
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bronnitsky, Russia
Died: July 31, 1818
 32 
Benjamin Harris
(Publisher)
Benjamin Harris
1
Birthdate: 1673 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: 1716 AD
William Francis Patrick Napier
1
Birthdate: December 7, 1785
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Celbridge, Ireland
Died: February 12, 1860
 34 
William Nicholson
(Chemist and inventor)
William Nicholson
1
Birthdate: December 13, 1753
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 21, 1815

William Nicholson is best remembered for discovering the electrolysis of water, which revolutionized the chemical industry. His inventions also include his own hydrometer and launched the first independent science journal. Inspired by his writer friend Thomas Holcroft, he also penned An Introduction to Natural Philosophy, his best-known written work.

 35 
José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi
(Mexican Writer and Political Journalist, Best Known as the Author of 'El Periquillo Sarniento' (1816))
José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi
1
Birthdate: November 15, 1776
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: June 21, 1827

José Joaquín Fernández de Lizardi was a Mexican political journalist and writer best remembered for his 1816 novel El Periquillo Sarniento. Translated in English as The Mangy Parrot, this work is widely regarded as the first novel to be written by a Mexican and the first novel published in Latin America.

 36 
Anne Newport Royall
(Travel writer)
Anne Newport Royall
1
Birthdate: June 11, 1769
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: October 1, 1854
Pierce Egan, the Elder
1
Birthdate: 1772 AD
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 3, 1849
Hugues-Bernard Maret, duc de Bassano
1
Birthdate: May 1, 1763
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dijon, France
Died: May 13, 1839
 39 
Friedrich Gentz
(Political journalist)
Friedrich Gentz
1
Birthdate: May 2, 1764
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: June 9, 1832
 40 
John Hawkesworth
1
Birthdate: 1715 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: November 16, 1773
 41 
Benjamin Edes
(Journalist)
Benjamin Edes
1
Birthdate: October 14, 1732
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Charlestown, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 11, 1803
 42 
Duff Green
(Teacher)
Duff Green
1
Birthdate: August 15, 1791
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Woodford County, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 10, 1875
 43 
Hezekiah Niles
1
Birthdate: October 10, 1777
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 2, 1839
 44 
Thomas Barnes
(Journalist)
Thomas Barnes
1
Birthdate: September 11, 1785
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 7, 1841
 45 
Charles Maclaren
(Journalist)
Charles Maclaren
1
Birthdate: October 7, 1782
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ormiston, Scotland
Died: September 10, 1866
 46 
Johann Jakob Bodmer
1
Birthdate: July 19, 1698
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Greifensee, Switzerland
Died: January 2, 1783
 47 
Joseph Dennie
1
Birthdate: August 30, 1768
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 7, 1812
 48 
Simon-Nicolas-Henri Linguet
1
Birthdate: July 14, 1736
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Reims, France
Died: June 27, 1794
Manuela de la Santa Cruz y Espejo
1
Birthdate: December 20, 1753
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Quito, Viceroyalty of New Granada
Died: 1829 AD
 50 
John Almon
(Journalist)
John Almon
0
Birthdate: December 17, 1737
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: December 12, 1805