Famous 19th Century Priests

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Marie Laveau
(American Voodoo Priestess and Herbalist)
Marie Laveau
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Birthdate: September 10, 1801
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: June 15, 1881

Occultist and herbalist Marie Laveau was known as the Vodoo Queen of New Orleans. Though a hairdresser, she was chiefly known for her spiritual practices which she used to heal the sick and the poor. She has inspired several books, such as Robert Tallant's The Voodoo Queen.

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John Henry Newman
(Theologian and Philosopher)
John Henry Newman
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Birthdate: February 21, 1801
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom
Died: August 11, 1890

An important figure in the English religious history, John Henry Newman was a nineteenth century theologian, scholar and poet. Famed for leading the Oxford movement in the Church of England, he later switched to the Roman Catholic Church, eventually becoming the Cardinal Deacon of St. George in Velabro.  Also an influential educator and writer, he was canonized in October 2019.

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James Smith Bush
(Jurist, Writer, Lawyer, Priest, Politician)
James Smith Bush
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Birthdate: June 15, 1825
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rochester
Died: November 11, 1889

The progenitor of the Bush political family, James Smith Bush, was a jurist by training before he was drawn to divinity and ordained as a priest. He began his career as rector of the Grace Church in Orange, New Jersey. Later, he visited other parts of the country, writing several books on religion, most significant of them being Evidence of Religion.

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 4 
John Vianney
(French Catholic Priest)
John Vianney
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Birthdate: May 8, 1786
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dardilly, France
Died: August 4, 1859

Jean Vianney was a French Catholic priest active in the first half of the 19th century. Venerated in the Catholic Church as a saint and as the patron saint of parish priests, he is also referred to as the "Curé d'Ars."  He was devoted to St. Philomena, who he regarded as his guardian. His feast day is 4 August.

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Richard Allen
(American Clergyman Who was the First Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Church)
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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Aiden Wilson Tozer
Aiden Wilson Tozer
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Birthdate: April 21, 1897
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: La Jose (now Newburg), Pennsylvania, USA
Died: May 12, 1963
American Christian pastor, Aiden Wilson Toze,r was also an author, magazine editor, and spiritual mentor. He was a recipient of honorary doctorates from Wheaton and Houghton Colleges for his accomplishments. His popular books are The Knowledge of the Holy, Attributes of God, The Divine Conquest, How to Be Filled with the Holy...  and The Best of A. W. Tozer: 52...
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Samuel Ajayi Crowther
(The First Ever African-Anglican Bishop of West Africa)
Samuel Ajayi Crowther
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Birthdate: 1809 AD
Birthplace: Osogun, Nigeria
Died: December 31, 1891

Nigerian linguist and clergyman Samuel Ajayi Crowther was the first African Anglican bishop of West Africa. Sold into slavery during childhood, Crowther was eventually freed by West Africa Squadron of Royal Navy. He resettled in Sierra Leone, received his education in English, adopted Christianity and was ordained as a minister in England, being consecrated a bishop on St Peter's day

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Anne Catherine Emmerich
(German Catholic Nun Remembered for Her Mystical Visions)
Anne Catherine Emmerich
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Birthdate: September 8, 1774
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Coesfeld, Germany
Died: February 9, 1824

German Roman Catholic nun Anne Catherine Emmerich was born on a farm and initially failed to join any religious community due to her poor financial conditions. She later received the stigmata and experienced visions of the Virgin Mary and Passion of Jesus. Her visions apparently inspired the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ.

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Vasil Levski
(Bulgarian Revolutionary & Freedom Fighter Who was Executed by the Ottoman Authorities)
Vasil Levski
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Birthdate: July 18, 1837
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karlovo, Bulgaria
Died: February 18, 1873

Vasil Levski was a Bulgarian revolutionary who is considered a national hero in Bulgaria. Nicknamed the Apostle of Freedom, Vasil Levski strategized a revolutionary movement to free Bulgaria from the Ottoman rule. In a nationwide television poll conducted in 2007, Levski was voted as the greatest Bulgarian of all time.

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Leonidas Polk
(Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana)
Leonidas Polk
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Birthdate: April 10, 1806
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Died: June 14, 1864

Leonidas Polk was an American Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana. He is credited with establishing an Anglican Christian denomination called the Protestant Episcopal Church in the Confederate States of America. A political general of the Civil War, Leonidas Polk is remembered for commanding troops in the Battle of Perryville and the Battle of Shiloh among many other battles.

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Franz Brentano
(German Philosopher, Priest, and Professor Who Founded Intentionalism)
Franz Brentano
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Birthdate: January 16, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marienberg, Germany
Died: March 17, 1917

Widely regarded as the founder of Intentionalism, or act psychology, German philosopher Franz Brentano was also a Roman Catholic priest. He also taught philosophy at the University of Würzburg and the University of Vienna and penned the iconic works Psychology from an Empirical Standpoint and Inquiry into Sense Psychology.

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Charles de Foucauld
(French Soldier, Explorer, Catholic Priest and Hermit)
Charles de Foucauld
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Birthdate: September 15, 1858
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: December 1, 1916

Charles de Foucauld was a cavalry officer in the French Army in the late 19th century. He later became an explorer and geographer, eventually adopting the life of a hermit and a Catholic priest. He was assassinated in 1916 and is listed as a martyr in the liturgy of the Catholic Church. 

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George Gapon
(Former priest and a popular working-class leader before the 1905 Russian Revolution)
George Gapon
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Birthdate: February 17, 1870
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bilyky, Ukraine
Died: April 10, 1906
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Pope Benedict XV
(Head of the Catholic Church (1914 -1922) Known for His Efforts to Establish Peace During ‘First World War’)
Pope Benedict XV
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Birthdate: November 21, 1854
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pegli, Italy
Died: January 22, 1922

Benedict XV became Bishop of Rome at the outbreak of the First World War and his pontificate was mostly occupied with several issues of the war. He declared neutrality of the Holy See and made unsuccessful efforts to mediate peace between both sides. He later succeeded in re-establishing relation between France and the Vatican and promulgated Code of Canon Law.

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Vartapet Komitas
(Armenian Priest, Musicologist and Composer)
Vartapet Komitas
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Birthdate: September 26, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kütahya, Türkiye
Died: October 22, 1935
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Ion Creanga
(Romanian Author Who Was a Prominent Member of the Junimea Literary Society)
Ion Creanga
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Birthdate: March 1, 1837
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Târgu Neamț, Moldavia
Died: December 31, 1889

Romanian author Ion Creanga is best remembered for his pioneering contribution to children’s literature, Childhood Memories. He was associated with the Romanian literary society Junimea and the realist art movement. He also enriched the folklore of Romania, drawing on the fairy tales of his land.

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Theodore Parker
(American Transcendentalist and Reforming Minister of the Unitarian Church)
Theodore Parker
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Birthdate: August 24, 1810
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lexington, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 10, 1860

Theodore Parker was an American transcendentalist minister whose words and quotations would later help inspire popular speeches of the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln. A reformer and abolitionist, Parker played a key role in fighting against such laws as the Fugitive Slave Act.

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Joseph Mohr
(Austrian Roman Catholic Priest and Writer)
Joseph Mohr
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Birthdate: December 11, 1792
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
Died: December 4, 1848

Austrian Roman Catholic priest and writer Josephus Mohr is best-known for writing lyrics of the popular Christmas carol Stille Nacht (Silent Night), which was composed by Austrian primary school teacher, church organist, and composer Franz Xaver Gruber. A manuscript in Mohr's handwriting discovered in 1995 states that Mohr penned the poem in 1816 and Gruber composed its music in 1818.

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Harold Davidson
Harold Davidson
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Birthdate: July 14, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sholing
Died: July 30, 1937
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Juan Severino Mallari
(Serial killer, Catholic priest)
Juan Severino Mallari
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Birthplace: Philippines
Died: 1840 AD
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Edwin Abbott Abbott
(English Schoolmaster, Theologian and Anglican Priest)
Edwin Abbott Abbott
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Birthdate: December 20, 1838
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, England
Died: October 12, 1926

Edwin Abbott Abbott was a theologian, schoolmaster, and Anglican priest. He is remembered for writing the 1884 novella Flatland. He served as the principal of the City of London School where he supervised the education of H.H. Asquith, who would go on to serve as the prime minister of the UK. Abbott is also credited with writing educational text books.

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Kobayashi Issa
(Japanese Poet and Buddhist Priest of the Jōdo Shinshū Known for His Haiku Poems and Journals)
Kobayashi Issa
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Birthdate: June 15, 1763
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Near Shinano-machi, Shinano Province, Japan
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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H. Richard Niebuhr
(Theologian)
H. Richard Niebuhr
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Birthdate: September 3, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wright City, Missouri, United States
Died: July 5, 1962
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Sergei Bulgakov
(Russian Orthodox Theologian, Priest, Philosopher, and Economist)
Sergei Bulgakov
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Birthdate: July 28, 1871
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Livny, Russia
Died: July 12, 1944

Born into a family of Russian Orthodox priests, Sergei Bulgakov, had grown distant from theology in his youth and studied law and political economy instead. Though he experimented with Marxism, he later moved back to the Church and formed what is now known as sophiology.

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Johan Ludvig Runeberg
(Considered as the National Poet of Finland)
Johan Ludvig Runeberg
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Birthdate: February 5, 1804
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jakobstad, Finland
Died: May 6, 1877

Johan Ludvig Runeberg was a Finnish priest and poet. He is credited with writing Vårt land, the unofficial national anthem of Finland, and is regarded as a national poet of the country. As a priest, Runeberg was involved in the modernization of Virsikirja and produced numerous texts for the new edition. Johan Ludvig Runeberg is an aconic figure in Finland. 

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Francis Asbury
(American Bishop)
Francis Asbury
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Birthdate: August 20, 1745
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hamstead Bridge, Staffordshire, England
Died: March 31, 1816

Francis Asbury was a bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He played an important role during the Second Great Awakening, popularizing Methodism in British colonial America. He is credited with establishing many schools and his journal is deemed important by scholars due to its account of frontier society; his journal has descriptions of the functioning of towns in Colonial America.

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Andrew Kim Taegon
(Saint)
Andrew Kim Taegon
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Birthdate: August 21, 1821
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dangjin-si, South Korea
Died: September 16, 1846
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Miguel Pro
(Priest)
Miguel Pro
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Birthdate: January 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guadalupe, Mexico
Died: November 23, 1927
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Petar II Petrović-Njegoš
(Prince-Bishop of Montenegro)
Petar II Petrović-Njegoš
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Birthdate: November 13, 1813
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Njeguši, Montenegro
Died: October 31, 1851
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Anthony Mary Claret
(Spanish Archbishop)
Anthony Mary Claret
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Birthdate: December 23, 1807
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sallent, Barcelona, Spain
Died: October 24, 1870
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Ronald Knox
(Author)
Ronald Knox
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Birthdate: February 17, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kibworth, Leicestershire, England
Died: August 24, 1957
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Peter Chanel
(Priest)
Peter Chanel
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Birthdate: July 12, 1803
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montrevel-en-Bresse, France
Died: April 28, 1841
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Henry Liddell
(Author)
Henry Liddell
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Birthdate: February 6, 1811
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bishop Auckland, County Durham, United Kingdom
Died: January 18, 1898
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Herman of Alaska
(Russian Orthodox Monk Who Was a Missionary to Alaska)
Herman of Alaska
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Birthdate: 1750 AD
Birthplace: Serpukhov, Russia
Died: November 15, 1836

Starting his monastic life at 16, Russian Orthodox monk Saint Herman of Alaska later became a missionary to Alaska. He gained immense respect of the local people in Alaska and also ran a local school, where he taught church subjects and agriculture. He later moved to Spruce Island, where he eventually died.

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Michael von Faulhaber
(German Catholic Prelate Who Served as Archbishop of Munich)
Michael von Faulhaber
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Birthdate: March 5, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Röthlein, Germany
Died: June 12, 1952

Michael von Faulhaber was a senior Catholic prelate and Archbishop of Munich from 1917 to 1952. He was a co-founder of the Amici Israel, a priestly association that strove for Jewish-Christian reconciliation. During the Nazi era, he was involved in drafting the encyclical Mit brennender Sorge. He recognized the Nazi government as legitimate and preached against communism.

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Thomas Byles
(Priest)
Thomas Byles
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Birthdate: February 26, 1870
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Died: April 15, 1912
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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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Leo Baeck
(German Rabbi, Scholar and Theologian)
Leo Baeck
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Birthdate: May 23, 1873
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Leszno, Poland
Died: November 2, 1956

German rabbi and spiritual leader Leo Baeck remains a symbol of liberal Jewish thinking of the Nazi era. He is best remembered for The Essence of Judaism and This People Israel, the latter of which was penned by him while in a Nazi concentration camp.

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Stephen Samuel Wise
(American Rabbi)
Stephen Samuel Wise
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Birthdate: March 17, 1874
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: April 19, 1949

Stephen Samuel Wise was an American Zionist leader and Reform rabbi during the Progressive Era. He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather to become a rabbi. Later on, he became a founding member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He is also credited with establishing the Jewish Institute of Religion in 1922.

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Henry Edward Manning
(British cardinal)
Henry Edward Manning
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Birthdate: July 15, 1808
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Totteridge, England
Died: January 14, 1892
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Phillips Brooks
(Priest, Writer, Songwriter)
Phillips Brooks
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Birthdate: December 13, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston
Died: January 23, 1893
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E.B. Pusey
(Theologian)
E.B. Pusey
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Birthdate: August 22, 1800
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pusey, England
Died: September 16, 1882
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Frederick T. Gates
(Clergyman)
Frederick T. Gates
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Birthdate: July 22, 1853
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maine, New York, United States
Died: February 6, 1929
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Pavel Florensky
(Theologian)
Pavel Florensky
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Birthdate: January 22, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yevlakh, Azerbaijan
Died: December 8, 1943

Russian theologian Pavel Florensky is best remembered for his essay The Pillar and the Ground of Truth. During Stalin’s regime and amid a phase of national atheism, he was sent to jail and also banished to Siberia for his religious beliefs, which he refused to renounce.

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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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Hiram Bingham I
(Leader of the First Group of American Protestant Missionaries to Introduce Christianity to the Hawaiian Islands)
Hiram Bingham I
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Birthdate: October 30, 1789
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bennington, Vermont, United States
Died: November 11, 1869

Hiram Bingham I was an American missionary who led the first group of American missionaries in an attempt to spread Christianity in the Hawaiian islands. An important figure in the history of Hawaii, Bingham continues to be revered in the US state. Punahou School, which is located in Honolulu, has a math building named in his honor.

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George Crabbe
(British Poet, Surgeon and Clergyman Best Known for His Early Use of the Realistic Narrative Form)
George Crabbe
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Birthdate: December 24, 1754
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England
Died: February 3, 1832

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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Berenger Sauniere
(Priest)
Berenger Sauniere
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Birthdate: April 11, 1852
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montazels, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
Died: January 22, 1917
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Alfred Delp
(Priest)
Alfred Delp
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Birthdate: September 15, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany
Died: February 2, 1945
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Augustus Tolton
(Priest)
Augustus Tolton
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Birthdate: April 1, 1854
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ralls County, Missouri, United States
Died: July 9, 1897