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 Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton
57
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Founding Father of the United States
Birthdate: January 11, 1755
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Charlestown, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Died: July 12, 1804

 2 George Washington

George Washington
80
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: First president of the United States
Birthdate: February 22, 1732
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Westmoreland County, Virginia, United States
Died: December 14, 1799

 3 Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton
68
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Formulated the Laws of Motion & Universal Gravitation
Birthdate: January 4, 1643
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincolnshire, England
Died: March 31, 1727
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 4 Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin
39
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

 5 Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
42
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 3rd President of the United States
Birthdate: April 13, 1743
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shadwell, Virginia, United States
Died: July 4, 1826

 6 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
45
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 Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte
72
Famous As: Emperor of the French (1804-1814)
Birthdate: August 15, 1769
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
Died: May 5, 1821
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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 8 Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven
20
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: November 30, 1770
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
Died: March 26, 1827
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 9 Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette
27
Famous As: Queen of France (1774-1792)
Birthdate: November 2, 1755
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: The Hofburg, Vienna, Austria
Died: October 16, 1793

 10 John Adams

John Adams
21
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 2nd President of United States (1797-1801)
Birthdate: October 30, 1735
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 4, 1826

 11 Catherine the Great

Catherine the Great
47
Famous As: Empress of Russia
Birthdate: May 2, 1729
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pomeranian Dukes' Castle in Szczecin, Szczecin, Poland
Died: November 17, 1796

 12 Jane Austen

Jane Austen
22
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: December 16, 1775
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hampshire, England
Died: July 18, 1817
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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 13 Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton

Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Alexander Hamilton's Wife
Birthdate: August 9, 1757
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Died: November 9, 1854

 14 Blackbeard

Blackbeard
13
Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: 1680 AD
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: November 22, 1718
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
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 15 James Madison

James Madison
13
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 4th President of The United States
Birthdate: March 16, 1751
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Port Conway, Virginia, United States
Died: June 28, 1836

 16 Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach
10
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 31, 1685
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Eisenach, Germany
Died: July 28, 1750
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 17 John Locke

John Locke
22
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: August 29, 1632
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wrington, Somerset, England
Died: October 28, 1704

 18 James Cook

James Cook
28
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: November 7, 1728
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marton, England
Died: February 14, 1779

 19 Aaron Burr

Aaron Burr
16
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 3rd Vice President of United States
Birthdate: February 6, 1756
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: September 14, 1836
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 20 Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson
11
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of the United States (1829 – 1837)
Birthdate: March 15, 1767
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Waxhaws
Died: June 8, 1845

 21 William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth
20
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: April 7, 1770
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingdom of Great Britain
Died: April 23, 1850

 22 Voltaire

Voltaire
8
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 20, 1694
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 30, 1778

 23 Davy Crockett

Davy Crockett
14
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: U.S. House of Representatives from Tennessee (1827-31, 1833-35)
Birthdate: August 17, 1786
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Limestone, Tennessee, United States
Died: March 6, 1836

 24 Simon Bolivar

Simon Bolivar
15
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary & Military Leader
Birthdate: July 24, 1783
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Died: December 17, 1830

 25 Marquis de Lafayette

Marquis de Lafayette
11
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Aristocrat and Military Leader
Birthdate: September 6, 1757
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chavaniac-Lafayette, France
Died: May 20, 1834

 26 Adam Smith

Adam Smith
13
Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: June 5, 1723
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Fife, Scotland
Died: July 17, 1790

 27 Immanuel Kant

Immanuel Kant
6
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: April 22, 1724
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Königsberg, Germany
Died: February 12, 1804

 28 Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Jean-Jacques Rousseau
15
Famous As: Philosopher, Writer, & Composer
Birthdate: June 28, 1712
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: July 2, 1778

 29 William Blake

William Blake
12
Famous As: Poet and Visual Artist of the Romantic Age
Birthdate: November 28, 1757
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Soho, London, England
Died: August 12, 1827

 30 Carl Linnaeus

Carl Linnaeus
35
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: May 23, 1707
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Linnés Råshults Stiftelse, Älmhult Municipality, Sweden
Died: January 10, 1778

 31 Paul Revere

Paul Revere
26
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Silversmith, Revolutionary
Birthdate: January 1, 1735
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 10, 1818

 32 Sacagawea

Sacagawea
16
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Interpreter
Birthdate: 1788 AD
Birthplace: Salmon
Died: 1812 AD

 33 James Monroe

James Monroe
16
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 5th President of the United States
Birthdate: April 28, 1758
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Monroe Hall, Virginia, United States
Died: July 4, 1831

 34 Angelica Schuyler Church

Angelica Schuyler Church
11
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Socialite, Daughter of Continental Army General Philip Schuyler
Birthdate: February 20, 1756
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Died: March 6, 1814

 35 George II of Great Britain

George II of Great Britain
8
Famous As: King of Great Britain & Ireland (1727-1760)
Birthdate: November 10, 1683
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: October 25, 1760

 36 Carl F. Gauss

Carl F. Gauss
10
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist
Birthdate: April 30, 1777
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brunswick, Germany
Died: February 23, 1855

 37 Benedict Arnold

Benedict Arnold
26
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: American Revolutionary War General
Birthdate: January 14, 1741
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norwich, Connecticut, United States
Died: June 14, 1801

 38 Daniel Boone

Daniel Boone
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: November 2, 1734
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 26, 1820

 39 Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor
23
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 12th President of United States
Birthdate: November 24, 1784
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barboursville, Virginia, United States
Died: June 30, 1850

 40 Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine
6
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Founding Father of the United States
Birthdate: January 29, 1737
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Thetford, England
Died: June 8, 1809

 41 Leonhard Euler

Leonhard Euler
13
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist
Birthdate: April 15, 1707
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Basel
Died: September 18, 1783

 42 Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
10
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist Best Known for 'The Sorrows of Young Werther', the First Novel of The Sturm Und Drang Movement
Birthdate: August 28, 1749
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Goethe House, Frankfurt, Germany
Died: March 22, 1832

 43 Antonio Lucio Vivaldi

Antonio Lucio Vivaldi
6
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 4, 1678
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: July 28, 1741

 44 Charles Babbage

Charles Babbage
5
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Father of the computer
Birthdate: December 26, 1791
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 18, 1871

 45 William Henry Harrison

William Henry Harrison
15
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 9th President of the United States (1841)
Birthdate: February 9, 1773
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berkeley Plantation, Virginia, United States
Died: April 4, 1841

 46 Philip Hamilton

Philip Hamilton
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Alexander Hamilton's son
Birthdate: January 22, 1782
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Died: November 24, 1801

 47 Maximilien de Robespierre

Maximilien de Robespierre
11
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: May 6, 1758
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Arras, France
Died: July 28, 1794
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 48 Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams
8
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Founding Father of the United States
Birthdate: September 27, 1722
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 2, 1803

 49 Anne Bonny

Anne Bonny
10
Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Pirate
Birthdate: March 8, 1697
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Died: March 31, 1721

 50 Sally Hemings

Sally Hemings
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Thomas Jefferson’s Slave
Birthdate: August 5, 1773
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Charles City County, Virginia, United States
Died: August 28, 1835