Famous People Of The 19th Century

The 19th century was a period marked by major political upheavals in several parts of the world. The era also witnessed increased industrialization and fast development of science and technology. The century is however best remembered as the era which witnessed the birth of some of the greatest—and most notorious—political figures to have ever emerged in human history. On one hand, the much revered pacifist Mahatma Gandhi was born in India during this century, while continents away, the would-be dictator and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler took birth in Europe. The 19th century also saw rampant war, widespread violence, and systematic abuse of certain sections of the society. This in turn gave birth to social rights activists, civil rights activists, and feminists like Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and Margaret Fuller who fought for the betterment of the society. Great scientists like Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, Thomas Edison, and Louis Pasteur were also born in this century as were the famous writers Charles Dickens, Walt Whitman, Oscar Wilde, and Emily Bronte. Read on to learn more about the life and works of famous people of the 19th century.

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 1 Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi.
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Famous As: Leader of Indian Independence Movement
Birthdate: October 2, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porbandar, Kathiawar Agency, British Indian Empire
Died: January 30, 1948

 2 Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin.
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Famous As: Communist Revolutionary & Ruler of former USSR
Birthdate: December 18, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gori, Georgia
Died: March 5, 1953
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 3 Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln.
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: American President.
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States
Died: April 15, 1865
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 4 Edward VIII

Edward VIII.
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Famous As: King of United Kingdom
Birthdate: June 23, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richmond Park, Surrey, England
Died: May 28, 1972
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 5 F D Roosevelt

F D Roosevelt.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 32nd President of the United States
Birthdate: January 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hyde Park, New York, United States
Died: April 12, 1945

 6 Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh.
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 30, 1853
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zundert, Netherlands
Died: July 29, 1890

 7 Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 26th U.S. President
Birthdate: October 27, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: January 6, 1919
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 8 Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin.
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Famous As: Comic Actor
Birthdate: April 16, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Walworth, London, England
Died: December 25, 1977

 9 Mao Zedong

Mao Zedong.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Communist Leader of China
Birthdate: December 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Shaoshan, Xiangtan, China
Died: September 9, 1976

 10 Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini.
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Famous As: Former Duce
Birthdate: July 29, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Predappio, Italy
Died: April 28, 1945
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 11 Grigori Rasputin

Grigori Rasputin.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Peasant
Birthdate: January 21, 1869
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pokrovskoye, Russia
Died: December 30, 1916
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 12 Karl Marx

Karl Marx.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: May 5, 1818
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trier, Germany
Died: March 14, 1883
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 13 Ludwig Guttmann

Ludwig Guttmann
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Listed In: Physicians
Famous As: Neurologist
Birthdate: July 3, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toszek
Died: March 18, 1980

 14 Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 3rd U.S. President
Birthdate: April 13, 1743
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Shadwell, Virginia, United States
Died: July 4, 1826
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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 15 Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth.
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 6, 1895
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baltimore
Died: August 16, 1948

 16 Jawaharlal Nehru

Jawaharlal Nehru.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: First PM of India & Freedom Fighter
Birthdate: November 14, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Allahabad
Died: May 27, 1964

 17 Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: October 25, 1881
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Málaga, Spain
Died: April 8, 1973

 18 Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper.
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: 1865 AD
Birthplace: England
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 19 Nicholas II

Nicholas II.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 18, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tsarskoye Selo, Saint Petersburg, Russian Empire, Alexander Palace
Died: July 17, 1918

 20 George III of the United Kingdom

George III of the United Kingdom.
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: June 4, 1738
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Norfolk House, St James's Square, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: January 29, 1820
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 21 Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 19, 1848
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Monmouth
Died: January 13, 1929

 22 Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche.
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 15, 1844
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Röcken, Lützen, Germany
Died: August 25, 1900
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
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 23 Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Playwright, Poet & Novelist
Birthdate: October 16, 1854
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 30, 1900

 24 Ludwig van Beethoven

Ludwig van Beethoven.
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer, Pianist
Birthdate: December 16, 1770
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
Died: March 26, 1827

 25 Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison.
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Famous As: Inventor, Businessman
Birthdate: February 11, 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Milan, Ohio, United States
Died: October 18, 1931

 26 Doc Holliday

Doc Holliday.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Gambler, Gunfighter
Birthdate: August 14, 1851
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Griffin, Georgia
Died: November 8, 1887

 27 John Adams

John Adams.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 2nd U.S. President
Birthdate: October 30, 1735
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 4, 1826
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 28 Wilhelm II

Wilhelm II.
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Famous As: Emperor of Germany
Birthdate: January 27, 1859
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kronprinzenpalais
Died: June 4, 1941

 29 Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 18th U.S. President
Birthdate: April 27, 1822
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Point Pleasant, Ohio, United States
Died: July 23, 1885
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 30 Joseph Goebbels

Joseph Goebbels.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: German Nazi politician
Birthdate: October 29, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rheydt, Mönchengladbach, Germany
Died: May 1, 1945
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 31 Mark Twain

Mark Twain.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 30, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Florida, Missouri, United States
Died: April 21, 1910
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 32 Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Confederate General in the American Civil War
Birthdate: January 19, 1807
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stratford Hall, Stratford, Virginia, United States
Died: October 12, 1870

 33 Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 7th President of the United States
Birthdate: March 15, 1767
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Waxhaws
Died: June 8, 1845

 34 Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 7, 1812
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Landport, Hampshire, England
Died: June 9, 1870
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 35 Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: July 3, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Prague, Austria-Hungary
Died: June 3, 1924

 36 Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 19, 1809
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 7, 1849
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 37 Billy the Kid

Billy the Kid.
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Gunman
Birthdate: November 17, 1859
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan
Died: July 14, 1881
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 38 Hermann Goring

Hermann Goring.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: German Military Leader
Birthdate: January 12, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rosenheim, Kingdom of Bavaria, German Empire
Died: October 15, 1946

 39 Woodrow Wilson

Woodrow Wilson.
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: 28th U.S. President
Birthdate: December 28, 1856
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Staunton, Virginia, United States
Died: February 3, 1924
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 40 Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: February 29, 1822
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dorchester County, Maryland, United States
Died: March 10, 1913

 41 J. Edgar Hoover

J. Edgar Hoover.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: First Director of FBI
Birthdate: January 1, 1895
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
Died: May 2, 1972

 42 Leo Tolstoy

Leo Tolstoy.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 9, 1828
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yasnaya Polyana, Russia
Died: November 20, 1910

 43 Douglas MacArthur

Douglas MacArthur.
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Little Rock
Died: April 5, 1964

 44 Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Naturalist
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Mount House, Shrewsbury, England
Died: April 19, 1882

 45 George IV of the United Kingdom

George IV of the United Kingdom.
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Famous As: King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland
Birthdate: August 12, 1762
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 26, 1830

 46 Chiang Kai-shek

Chiang Kai-shek.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of the Republic of China
Birthdate: October 31, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Xikou
Died: April 5, 1975

 47 Aaron Burr

Aaron Burr.
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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

 48 Rani Lakshmibai

Rani Lakshmibai.
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Famous As: Queen of Jhansi State
Birthdate: November 19, 1828
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Varanasi
Died: June 18, 1858

 49 Albert, Prince Consort

Albert, Prince Consort.
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Famous As: Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Husband of Queen Victoria
Birthdate: August 26, 1819
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Schloss Rosenau, Coburg, Rödental, Germany
Died: December 14, 1861

 50 Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace.
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Countess of Lovelace
Birthdate: December 10, 1815
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: London
Died: November 27, 1852