Famous People Of The 18th Century

There were many people born in the 18th century who went ahead to change the world in radical ways. The 18th century was a politically tumultuous period in several parts of the world, especially in Europe, Asia, and America. Marked by major revolutions across the globe including the French and the American revolutions, the period witnessed the birth of some truly great men and women from all over the world. Maximilien Robespierre was one of the most influential figures of the French Revolution. The century also saw the birth of George Washington who later became the first President of the United States. The world of music and arts was also revolutionized by the likes of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig van Beethoven, Johann Wolfgang (von) Goethe, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, François Boucher, and the likes. The great mathematician Leonhard Euler and the innovator James Watt also made major contributions to the world in this era. Adam Smith, the father of modern economics, is another major 18th century figure. Read on to learn more about the life and works of famous people of the 18th century.

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 1 Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte.
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Famous As: Emperor of the French
Birthdate: August 15, 1769
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ajaccio
Died: May 5, 1821

 2 George Washington

George Washington.
13
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: First president of the United States (1789-1797)
Birthdate: February 2, 1732
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States
Died: December 14, 1799
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 3 Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton.
9
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Founding Father of the USA, Political Philosopher
Birthdate: January 11, 1755
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nevis, British West Indies
Died: July 12, 1804

 4 Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette.
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Famous As: Queen of France
Birthdate: November 2, 1755
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Hofburg, Vienna, Austria
Died: October 16, 1793

 5 Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Founding Father of the United States
Birthdate: January 17, 1706
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Milk Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 17, 1790

 6 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: January 27, 1756
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
Died: December 5, 1791
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 7 Louis XIV of France

Louis XIV of France.
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Famous As: King of France
Birthdate: September 5, 1638
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France
Died: September 1, 1715
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 8 Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great.
11
Famous As: Empress of Russia
Birthdate: May 2, 1729
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pomeranian Dukes' Castle in Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland
Died: November 17, 1796
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 9 William IV of the United Kingdom

William IV of the United Kingdom.
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Famous As: King of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: August 21, 1765
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buckingham House, London, England
Died: June 20, 1837

 10 Jane Austen

Jane Austen.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 16, 1775
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Steventon Rectory, Hampshire, England
Died: July 18, 1817
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 11 Benedict Arnold

Benedict Arnold.
4
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: American Revolutionary War General
Birthdate: January 14, 1741
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norwich
Died: June 14, 1801

 12 Louis XVI of France

Louis XVI of France.
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Famous As: King of France
Birthdate: August 23, 1754
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
Died: January 21, 1793
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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 13 William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 7, 1770
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingdom of Great Britain
Died: April 23, 1850

 14 Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 31, 1685
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Eisenach, Germany
Died: July 28, 1750
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 15 John Quincy Adams

John Quincy Adams.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 6th U.S. President
Birthdate: July 11, 1767
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 23, 1848

 16 James Madison

James Madison.
3
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 4th President of the United States
Birthdate: March 16, 1751
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Port Conway
Died: June 28, 1836
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 17 Maximilien de Robespierre

Maximilien de Robespierre.
3
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Influential Figure of the French Revolution
Birthdate: May 6, 1758
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Arras, France
Died: July 28, 1794

 18 William Henry Harrison

William Henry Harrison.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 9, 1773
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Charles City County
Died: April 4, 1841

 19 James Buchanan

James Buchanan.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 15th U.S. President
Birthdate: April 23, 1791
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cove Gap
Died: June 1, 1868

 20 James Cook

James Cook.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer & Navigator
Birthdate: October 27, 1728
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marton, England
Died: February 14, 1779

 21 Marquis de Lafayette

Marquis de Lafayette.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: French Aristocrat and Military Leader
Birthdate: September 6, 1757
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chavaniac, France
Died: May 20, 1834

 22 Voltaire

Voltaire.
1
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 21, 1694
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 30, 1778

 23 Tipu Sultan

Tipu Sultan.
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Famous As: Ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore
Birthdate: November 20, 1750
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Devanahalli
Died: May 4, 1799

 24 Simon Bolivar

Simon Bolivar.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary & Military Leader
Birthdate: July 24, 1783
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Died: December 17, 1830

 25 P B Shelley

P B Shelley.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: August 4, 1792
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: England
Died: July 8, 1822

 26 Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington

Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former First Lord of the Treasury of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: May 1, 1769
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: September 14, 1852

 27 Marquis de Sade

Marquis de Sade.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Erotic Novelist
Birthdate: June 2, 1740
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris
Died: December 2, 1814

 28 Adam Smith

Adam Smith.
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Famous As: Economist and Philosopher
Birthdate: June 16, 1723
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Died: July 17, 1790

 29 Davy Crockett

Davy Crockett.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 17, 1786
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Greene County
Died: March 6, 1836

 30 Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau.
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Famous As: Philosopher, Writer, & Composer
Birthdate: June 28, 1712
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: July 2, 1778

 31 Carl Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: May 23, 1707
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Linnés Råshults Stiftelse, Älmhult Municipality, Sweden
Died: January 10, 1778

 32 Tarrare

Tarrare
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Showman
Birthdate: 1772 AD
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: 1798 AD

 33 Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Alexander Hamilton's Wife
Birthdate: August 9, 1757
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Albany, New York
Died: November 9, 1854

 34 John Tyler

John Tyler.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 10th U.S. President
Birthdate: March 29, 1790
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charles City County
Died: January 18, 1862

 35 Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military Leader and the 12th President of United States
Birthdate: November 24, 1784
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barboursville, Virginia, U.S.
Died: July 9, 1850

 36 Philip V of Spain

Philip V of Spain.
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Famous As: King of Spain
Birthdate: December 19, 1683
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, France
Died: July 9, 1746

 37 John Keats

John Keats.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Romantic poet
Birthdate: October 31, 1795
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moorgate
Died: February 23, 1821

 38 Maharaja Ranjit Singh

Maharaja Ranjit Singh.
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Famous As: Founder of the Sikh Empire
Birthdate: November 13, 1780
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gujranwala
Died: June 27, 1839

 39 Arthur Schopenhauer

Arthur Schopenhauer.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: February 22, 1788
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gdańsk
Died: September 21, 1860

 40 Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz

Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.
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Famous As: Queen Consort of Great Britain and Ireland
Birthdate: May 19, 1744
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mirow, Germany
Died: November 17, 1818

 41 Sally Hemings

Sally Hemings.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Thomas Jefferson’s Slave
Birthdate: 1773 AD
Birthplace: Charles City County, Virginia
Died: 1835 AD

 42 Delphine LaLaurie

Delphine LaLaurie.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: March 19, 1787
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana
Died: December 7, 1849

 43 Cornelius Vanderbilt

Cornelius Vanderbilt.
1
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Business Tycoon & Philanthropist
Birthdate: May 27, 1794
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Staten Island
Died: January 4, 1877

 44 Peter III of Russia

Peter III of Russia.
1
Famous As: Emperor of Russia
Birthdate: February 21, 1728
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kiel
Died: July 17, 1762

 45 Louis XV of France

Louis XV of France.
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Famous As: King of France
Birthdate: February 15, 1710
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palace of Versailles, Versailles, France
Died: May 10, 1774

 46 Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel

Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.
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Famous As: Philosopher, Philosophy Historian
Birthdate: August 27, 1770
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Duchy of Württemberg, Germany
Died: November 14, 1831

 47 Horatio Nelson

Horatio Nelson.
2
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Admiral
Birthdate: September 29, 1758
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Burnham Thorpe
Died: October 21, 1805

 48 Ahmad Shah Durrani

Ahmad Shah Durrani
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: King
Birthdate: 1722 AD
Birthplace: Herat, Afghanistan
Died: October 16, 1772

 49 Frederick The Great

Frederick The Great.
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Famous As: King of Prussia (1740-1786)
Birthdate: January 24, 1712
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: August 17, 1786

 50 Charles Edward Stuart

Charles Edward Stuart.
1
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: December 31, 1720
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Palazzo Muti, Rome
Died: January 31, 1788