Famous 18th Century Priests

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John Newton
(British Sailor and Anglican Clergyman)

John Newton
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Birthdate: July 24, 1725
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wapping, London
Died: December 21, 1807

John Newton was an English Anglican cleric. As a young man, he was forcefully recruited into the navy and worked on slave ships in the slave trade for several years. He later converted to Christianity, following which he denounced slavery and became an abolitionist. He was then ordained as a Church of England cleric. 

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Junípero Serra
(Spanish Roman Catholic Priest and Missionary of the Franciscan Order)

Junípero Serra
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Birthdate: November 24, 1713
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Petra, Spain
Died: August 28, 1784

Junípero Serra was a Roman Catholic priest who is credited with founding the Franciscan Missions of the Sierra Gorda. He is also credited with founding nine of the 21 Spanish missions in California. On 25 September 1988, Junípero Serra was beatified in the Vatican City by Pope John Paul II. On 23 September 2015, he was canonized by Pope Francis.

Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
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Birthdate: February 2, 1754
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 17, 1838

French diplomat and bishop Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord is counted among the most pragmatic and prominent diplomats in European history. He served King Louis XVI and thereafter changed sides several times, serving at highest levels of successive French governments of Napoleon I, Louis XVIII and Louis Philippe I. He served as the first Prime Minister of France under Louis XVIII.

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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.

Saint Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort
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Birthdate: January 31, 1673
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Montfort-sur-Meu, France
Died: April 28, 1716
Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort is known as a preacher and was made a missionary apostolic by Pope Clement XI. The French Roman Catholic priest also authored several books which later became classic Catholic titles and influenced several popes. An early writer in the field of Mariology, he published Secret of the Rosary and True Devotion to Mary about Marian devotions.

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Titus Oates
(English priest)

Titus Oates
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Birthdate: September 15, 1649
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakham, England
Died: July 13, 1705

Anglican priest Titus Oates is infamous for making up the 1678 Popish Plot, suggesting that Roman Catholics were plotting to kill King Charles II and seize power. His fake plot created mayhem in London and strengthened the Whig Party. He was later arrested and imprisoned for sedition.

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Lazzaro Spallanzani
(Priest, Biologist)

Lazzaro Spallanzani
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Birthdate: January 12, 1729
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Scandiano, Italy
Died: February 11, 1799
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Okomfo Anokye
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Jomoro, Ghana
Died: 1719 AD

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
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Birthdate: May 8, 1753
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pénjamo, Mexico
Died: July 30, 1811

Spanish priest Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla is remembered as the father of Mexican independence. During the 1808 French invasion of Spain, the Mexicans demanded independence from Spanish rule. Hidalgo’s subsequent call for revolt against the Spanish is remembered as the Cry of Dolores. He was executed by a firing squad.

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François Fénelon
(Catholic Archbishop and the Author of 'The Adventures of Telemachus')

François Fénelon
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Birthdate: August 6, 1651
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sainte-Mondane, France
Died: January 7, 1715

François Fénelon was a French writer, poet, theologian, and Catholic archbishop. He is best remembered for his book The Adventures of Telemachus, which was published in 1699. François Fénelon also served as a tutor of Louis, Duke of Burgundy, guiding the character formation of Louis, Grand Dauphin's eldest son.

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Jean Meslier
(Priest)

Jean Meslier
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Birthdate: June 15, 1664
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mazerny, France
Died: June 17, 1729

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Eusebio Kino
(Missionary)

Eusebio Kino
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Birthdate: August 10, 1645
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Predaia, Italy
Died: March 15, 1711

Eusebio Kino was a Tyrolean missionary, explorer, geographer, astronomer, and cartographer. Nicknamed Father Kino for his missionary work, Eusebio worked closely with the indigenous Native American people, including the Sobaipuri, Tohono O'Odham, and other Upper Piman populations, as part of his exploration. He also led an overland expedition in the Baja California Peninsula, proving that it is not an island.

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Anne Catherine Emmerich
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Birthdate: September 8, 1774
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Coesfeld, Germany
Died: February 9, 1824

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Jeanne Guyon
(Mystic)

Jeanne Guyon
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Birthdate: April 13, 1648
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montargis, France
Died: June 9, 1717

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Gerard Majella
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Birthdate: April 9, 1726
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Muro Lucano, Italy
Died: October 16, 1755

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Kobayashi Issa
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Birthdate: June 15, 1763
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kashiwabara
Died: January 5, 1828

Nineteenth-century Japanese haiku poet Kobayashi Issa, or Issa, who had penned more than 20,000 haiku, remains one of the Great Four haiku masters of his country. Known for his simple and lucid language, he mostly wrote about the common man. He is also said to have originated the Japanese I novel.

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Constanzo Beschi
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Birthdate: November 8, 1680
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Castiglione delle Stiviere, Italy
Died: February 4, 1747

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Gilbert White
(Naturalist)

Gilbert White
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Birthdate: July 18, 1720
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Selborne, Hampshire, England
Died: June 26, 1793

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John Needham
(Biologist)

John Needham
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Birthdate: September 10, 1713
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 30, 1781

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Abbe Faria
(Monk, Physician)

Abbe Faria
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Birthdate: May 31, 1756
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Candolim, Bardez, Goa
Died: September 20, 1819

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Herman of Alaska
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Birthdate: 1750 AD
Birthplace: Serpukhov, Russia
Died: November 15, 1836

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Sheikh Galip
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Birthdate: 1757 AD
Birthplace: İstanbul, Turkey
Died: January 3, 1798

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Robert Moffat
(British missionary)

Robert Moffat
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Birthdate: December 21, 1795
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ormiston, Scotland
Died: August 9, 1883

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George Crabbe
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Birthdate: December 24, 1754
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aldeburgh, England
Died: February 3, 1834

George Crabbe was an English surgeon, poet, and clergyman. He began his career as a doctor's apprentice in the 1770s and later become a surgeon. After a few years, he pursued a living as a poet and also served as a clergyman in various capacities. He wrote poetry mainly in the form of heroic couplets. He was also a coleopterist. 

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Antonio Soler
(Composer)

Antonio Soler
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Birthdate: December 3, 1729
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Olot, Spain
Died: December 20, 1783

Eighteenth-century Catalan Spanish composer Antonio Soler is remembered for his church music. Educated at a choir school, he later became a teacher of the organ and the harpsichord for the royal family. A master of Baroque music, he also invented the keyboard instrument afinador and penned works on music theory.

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Increase Mather
(Clergyman)

Increase Mather
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Birthdate: June 21, 1639
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Massachusetts Bay Colony, United States
Died: August 23, 1723

Puritan clergyman Increase Mather was educated at Harvard and Trinity and preached his first sermon the day he turned 18. The son of Puritan minister Richard Mather, he penned An Essay for the Recording of Illustrious Providences, which is said to have influenced the Salem witch trials.

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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William Stukeley
(Physician)

William Stukeley
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Birthdate: November 7, 1687
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Holbeach, England
Died: March 3, 1765

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James Bradley
(Astronomer)

James Bradley
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Birthdate: November 7, 1687, 1693
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sherborne, Gloucestershire, England
Died: July 13, 1762

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Richard Allen
(Minister)

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.

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Pope Pius VI
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Birthdate: December 25, 1717
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cesena, Italy
Died: August 29, 1799

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Pope Pius VII
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Birthdate: August 14, 1742
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cesena, Italy
Died: August 20, 1823

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Charles Maturin
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Birthdate: September 25, 1780
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: October 30, 1824

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Ignacy Krasicki
(Former Enlightenment poet, author, translator, and cleric known for a 1779 work entitled Fables and Parables, Satires (1779))

Ignacy Krasicki
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Birthdate: February 3, 1735
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dubiecko, Poland
Died: March 14, 1801

Ignacy Krasicki was a Primate of Poland, playwright, journalist, encyclopedist, translator, critic of the clergy and a prominent Enlightenment poet of Poland. The most notable works of Krasicki are his Fables and Parables and Satires. The first Polish novel, The Adventures of Mr. Nicholas Wisdom, written in the form of a diary by Krasicki is a milestone in Polish literature.

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Jemima Wilkinson
(Religious leader)

Jemima Wilkinson
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Birthdate: November 29, 1752
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cumberland, Rhode Island, United States
Died: July 1, 1819

Jemima Wilkinson was an American preacher who later became known as the Public Universal Friend after becoming a genderless evangelist. The Public Universal Friend preached throughout the northeastern US. The Friend's teachings attracted several followers who became part of the Society of Universal Friends.

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Cardinal de Rohan
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Birthdate: September 25, 1734
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 16, 1803

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William Joseph Chaminade
(Catholic priest)

William Joseph Chaminade
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Birthdate: April 8, 1761
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingdom of France
Died: January 22, 1850

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Augustin Barruel
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Birthdate: October 2, 1741
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Villeneuve-de-Berg, Ardèche, France
Died: October 5, 1820

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Bernard de Montfaucon
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Birthdate: January 13, 1655
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Soulage, France
Died: December 21, 1741

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Henry Sacheverell
(Political figure)

Henry Sacheverell
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Birthdate: February 8, 1674
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Marlborough, England
Died: June 15, 1724

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John W. Beschter
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Birthdate: May 20, 1763
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Duchy of Luxembourg
Died: January 6, 1842

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Richard Challoner
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Birthdate: September 29, 1691
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lewes, England
Died: January 12, 1781

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John Murphy
(Priest)

John Murphy
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Birthdate: 1753 AD
Birthplace: Ferns, Ireland
Died: June 26, 1798

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Hugo Kołłątaj
(Politician)

Hugo Kołłątaj
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Birthdate: April 1, 1750
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Volhynian Voivodeship, Dutchy of Lithuania
Died: February 28, 1812

Hugo Kołłątaj was a Polish educationalist and constitutional reformer who played a major role during the Polish Enlightenment. An influential social and political activist, Kołłątaj was one of the authors of the Constitution of 3 May 1791, which aimed at implementing a constitutional monarchy. Hugo Kołłątaj's work also influenced many subsequent reformers.

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Ignaz von Döllinger
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Birthdate: February 28, 1799
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bamberg, Germany
Died: January 10, 1890

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Hosea Ballou
(Former Universalist clergyman, theological writer)

Hosea Ballou
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Birthdate: April 30, 1771
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Richmond, New Hampshire, United States
Died: June 6, 1852

Hugues Felicité Robert de Lamennais
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Birthdate: June 9, 1782
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint-Malo, France
Died: February 27, 1854

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Stanisław Staszic
(Philosopher)

Stanisław Staszic
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Birthdate: November 6, 1755
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pila, Poland
Died: January 20, 1826

Stanisław Staszic was a Polish philosopher who played a leading role in the Polish Enlightenment. He was also a Catholic priest, geologist, writer, and translator. He supported many reforms in Poland and was the co-founder of the Warsaw Society of Friends of Learning. He later served as the minister of trade and industry in Congress Poland. 

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John Stevens Henslow
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Birthdate: February 6, 1796
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rochester, England
Died: May 16, 1861

John Stevens Henslow was not just a priest but also revolutionized the teaching methods of botany at Cambridge University. One of his students was legendary naturalist Charles Darwin. He also co-founded the Cambridge Philosophical Society and explored various regions, such as the Isle of Man, as a geologist.

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Samuel Seabury
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Birthdate: November 30, 1729
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ledyard, Connecticut, United States
Died: February 25, 1796

Samuel Seabury was an Episcopal bishop who became the second Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in the United States of America. A leading Loyalist in New York City during the American Revolution, he was known for his rivalry with Alexander Hamilton. After the revolution, he played a key role in the evolution of Anglican liturgy.