Famous 19th Century Priests

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 1 Marie Laveau

Marie Laveau
Famous As: Occultist, Priestess
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.

 2 Georges Lemaître

Georges Lemaître
Famous As: Scientist & Priest
Birthdate: July 17, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charleroi, Belgium
Died: June 20, 1966

Georges Lemaître was a mathematician, astronomer, and professor of physics. Lemaître was the first person to theorize that the expansion of the universe can be used to explain the recession of nearby galaxies. In 1927, Lemaître published the first estimation of the Hubble constant. He also came up with the Big Bang theory to explain the origin of the universe.

 3 James Smith Bush

James Smith Bush
Famous As: Jurist, Writer, Lawyer, Priest, Politician
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 Charles Coughlin

Charles Coughlin
Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: October 25, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamilton, Canada
Died: October 27, 1979

Charles Coughlin, or Father Coughlin, was a Roman Catholic “radio priest” and a pioneer of broadcasting sermons using radio as a medium. He established the Shrine of the Little Flower, and his magazine Social Justice was banned or violating the Espionage Act. He also penned several books.

 5 Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord

Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord
Famous As: Politician
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.

 6 Aiden Wilson Tozer

Aiden Wilson Tozer
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...

 7 Samuel Ajayi Crowther

Samuel Ajayi Crowther
Famous As: Linguist
Birthdate: 1809 AD
Birthplace: Nigeria
Died: December 31, 1891
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 8 Charles Freer Andrews

Charles Freer Andrews
Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: February 12, 1871
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Died: April 5, 1940

Charles Freer Andrews was a Christian missionary and Anglican priest. He was also an educator and social reformer. A close friend of Indian freedom fighters Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi, he supported the Indian struggle for independence. Gandhi fondly called him Deenabandhu, or "Friend of the Poor". Even today, Andrews is widely respected in India. 

 9 Franz Brentano

Franz Brentano
Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: January 16, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rhine Province
Died: March 17, 1917

 10 George Gapon

George Gapon
Famous As: Former priest and a popular working-class leader before the 1905 Russian Revolution
Birthdate: February 17, 1870
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bilyky, Ukraine
Died: April 10, 1906

 11 Theodore Parker

Theodore Parker
Famous As: Transcendentalist
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.

 12 Ion Creanga

Ion Creanga
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 1, 1837
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Târgu Neamț, Moldavia
Died: December 31, 1889

 13 Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla

Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla
Famous As: Priest
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.

 14 Pio of Pietrelcina

Pio of Pietrelcina
Birthdate: May 25, 1887
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pietrelcina
Died: September 23, 1968

Born Francesco Forgione, Pio of Pietrelcina changed his name after joining the Capuchin order at age 15. He later became famous for exhibiting stigmata, marks on his body symbolizing the wounds of Jesus. He is revered as the patron saint of adolescents and civil defense volunteers.

 15 Jozef Tiso

Jozef Tiso
Famous As: President of the Slovak Republic, a client state of Nazi Germany during World War II, from 1939 to 1945
Birthdate: October 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bytča, Slovakia
Died: April 18, 1947

 16 John Bosco

John Bosco
Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: August 16, 1815
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Castelnuovo Don Bosco, Italy
Died: January 31, 1888

The founder of the Salesian Order, John Bosco, also known as Don Bosco, started his life as a priest in Turin. He began teaching young boys who came to Turin for jobs and later branched out to form a similar institution for girls too, with St. Mary Mazzarello.

 17 Kobayashi Issa

Kobayashi Issa
Famous As: Poet
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.

 18 Father Damien

Father Damien
Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: January 3, 1840
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tremelo, Belgium
Died: April 15, 1889

Father Damien was a Roman Catholic priest best remembered for his ministry, which he led for people with leprosy. He is credited with building schools and hospitals to benefit those in need. After caring for those in the leper colony for 11 years, Damien contracted leprosy and succumbed to the disease. He is referred to as a martyr of charity.   

 19 Anne Catherine Emmerich

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

 20 Harold Davidson

Harold Davidson
Birthdate: July 14, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sholing
Died: July 30, 1937

 21 Phillips Brooks

Phillips Brooks
Famous As: Priest, Writer, Songwriter
Birthdate: December 13, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston
Died: January 23, 1893

 22 Joseph Mohr

Joseph Mohr
Famous As: Priest
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.

 23 José María Morelos

José María Morelos
Famous As: Mexican Roman Catholic priest and revolutionary rebel leader who led the Mexican War of Independence movement
Birthdate: September 30, 1765
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Morelia, Mexico
Died: December 22, 1815

 24 H. Richard Niebuhr

H. Richard Niebuhr
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: September 3, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wright City, Missouri, United States
Died: July 5, 1962

 25 Sergei Bulgakov

Sergei Bulgakov
Famous As: Theologian
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.

 26 Pavel Florensky

Pavel Florensky
Famous As: Theologian
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.

 27 Johan Ludvig Runeberg

Johan Ludvig Runeberg
Famous As: Priest, Poet
Birthdate: February 5, 1804
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jakobstad, Finland
Died: May 6, 1877

 28 Miguel Pro

Miguel Pro
Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: January 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guadalupe, Mexico
Died: November 23, 1927

 29 Petar II Petrović-Njegoš

Petar II Petrović-Njegoš
Famous As: Prince-Bishop of Montenegro
Birthdate: November 13, 1813
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Njeguši, Montenegro
Died: October 31, 1851

 30 Augustus Tolton

Augustus Tolton
Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: April 1, 1854
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ralls County, Missouri, United States
Died: July 9, 1897

 31 E.B. Pusey

E.B. Pusey
Famous As: Theologian
Birthdate: August 22, 1800
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pusey, England
Died: September 16, 1882

 32 Peter Chanel

Peter Chanel
Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: July 12, 1803
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montrevel-en-Bresse, France
Died: April 28, 1841

 33 Henry Edward Manning

Henry Edward Manning
Famous As: British cardinal
Birthdate: July 15, 1808
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Totteridge, England
Died: January 14, 1892

 34 Abbe Faria

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

 35 Ronald Knox

Ronald Knox
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 17, 1888
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kibworth, Leicestershire, England
Died: August 24, 1957

 36 Andrew Kim Taegon

Andrew Kim Taegon
Famous As: Saint
Birthdate: August 21, 1821
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dangjin-si, South Korea
Died: September 16, 1846

 37 Herman of Alaska

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

 38 Robert Moffat

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

 39 Thomas Byles

Thomas Byles
Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: February 26, 1870
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Died: April 15, 1912

 40 George Crabbe

George Crabbe
Famous As: Poet
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. 

 41 Henry Liddell

Henry Liddell
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 6, 1811
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bishop Auckland, County Durham, United Kingdom
Died: January 18, 1898

 42 Prince Georg of Bavaria

Prince Georg of Bavaria
Famous As: Catholic priest
Birthdate: April 2, 1880
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: May 31, 1943

 43 Alfred Delp

Alfred Delp
Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: September 15, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mannheim, Germany
Died: February 2, 1945

 44 Frederick William Faber

Frederick William Faber
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: June 28, 1814
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Calverley, England
Died: November 26, 1863

 45 Frederick T. Gates

Frederick T. Gates
Famous As: Clergyman
Birthdate: July 22, 1853
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Maine, New York, United States
Died: February 6, 1929

 46 Henri Grégoire

Henri Grégoire
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: December 4, 1750
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vého, France
Died: May 28, 1831

Henri Grégoire, or Abbé Grégoire, was not just a Catholic priest but also a revolutionary. He first gained prominence with his Essay on the Regeneration of the Jews. A radical Jacobin, he was the first priest of the Civil Constitution of the Clergy and also presided over the National Convention.

 47 Romano Guardini

Romano Guardini
Famous As: Catholic priest was one of the most important figures in Catholic intellectual life in the 20th century
Birthdate: February 17, 1885
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: October 1, 1968

Though he initially studied both chemistry and economics, Romano Guardini later became a priest. He later also served the University of Berlin as its chair of philosophy in religion but was forced to resign by the Nazis. He later also taught at the University of Munich.

 48 Georg, Crown Prince of Saxony

Georg, Crown Prince of Saxony
Famous As: Catholic priest
Birthdate: January 15, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: May 14, 1943

 49 Pierre-Jean de Smet

Pierre-Jean de Smet
Famous As: Priest
Birthdate: January 30, 1801
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Termonde, Belgium
Died: May 23, 1873

 50 Andrej Hlinka

Andrej Hlinka
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 27, 1864
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stará Cernová, Slovakia
Died: August 16, 1938