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
100
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 Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein
35
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Theoretical Physicist
Birthdate: March 14, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ulm, Germany
Died: April 18, 1955

 3 Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria
51
Famous As: Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1837-1901)
Birthdate: May 24, 1819
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kensington Palace, London, England
Died: January 22, 1901
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 4 Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
32
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 16th President of the United States (1861-1865)
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Larue County, Kentucky, United States
Died: April 15, 1865
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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 5 Joseph Stalin

Joseph Stalin
40
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: December 18, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gori, Georgia
Died: March 5, 1953

 6 Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte
36
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)

 7 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
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 8 F D Roosevelt

F D Roosevelt
19
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

 9 George V

George V
33
Famous As: Former King of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: June 3, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Marlborough House, London, England
Died: January 20, 1936

 10 B. R. Ambedkar

B. R. Ambedkar
65
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Indian Jurist
Birthdate: April 14, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dr. Ambedkar Nagar, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: December 6, 1956
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 11 Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla
20
Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Inventor, Electrical engineer
Birthdate: July 10, 1856
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Smiljan, Croatia
Died: January 7, 1943

 12 Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh
31
Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: March 30, 1853
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zundert, Netherlands
Died: July 29, 1890
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 13 Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton
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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

 14 Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 26th president of the United States (1901-1909)
Birthdate: October 27, 1858
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: January 6, 1919
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 15 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

 16 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)

 17 Pablo Picasso

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

 18 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
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 19 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)

 20 Edward VII

Edward VII
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Famous As: King of the United Kingdom (1901-1910)
Birthdate: November 9, 1841
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 6, 1910
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 21 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

 22 Marie Curie

Marie Curie
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: November 7, 1867
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: July 4, 1934
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 23 Claude Cahun

Claude Cahun
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Listed In: Photographers
Famous As: Artist, Photographer, Writer
Birthdate: October 25, 1894
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nantes
Died: December 8, 1954

 24 Benito Mussolini

Benito Mussolini
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Dictator, Prime Minister of Italy (1922-1943)
Birthdate: July 29, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Predappio, Italy
Died: April 28, 1945
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 25 Louis Wain

Louis Wain
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Artist, Painter
Birthdate: August 5, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London
Died: July 4, 1939

 26 Ludwig van Beethoven

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

 27 Nicholas II

Nicholas II
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Famous As: Emperor of Russia (1894-1917)
Birthdate: May 18, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: July 17, 1918

 28 Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson
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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

 29 Helen Keller

Helen Keller
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 27, 1880
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tuscumbia, Alabama, United States
Died: June 1, 1968

 30 Vladimir Lenin

Vladimir Lenin
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Famous As: Former Premier of the Soviet Union
Birthdate: April 22, 1870
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ulyanovsk, Russia
Died: January 21, 1924

 31 Reginald Dyer

Reginald Dyer
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military Leader
Birthdate: October 9, 1864
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Murree, Punjab, British India (present-day Pakistan)
Died: July 24, 1927

 32 Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: December 10, 1830
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amherst
Died: May 15, 1886

 33 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

 34 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

 35 Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud
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Famous As: Neurologist
Birthdate: May 6, 1856
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Příbor, Czechia
Died: September 23, 1939

 36 Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison
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Famous As: Inventor of Phonograph & Motion Picture Camera
Birthdate: February 11, 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Milan, Ohio, United States
Died: October 18, 1931

 37 Jack the Ripper

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

 38 Rabindranath Tagore

Rabindranath Tagore
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: May 7, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: August 7, 1941

 39 Subhas Chandra Bose

Subhas Chandra Bose
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: January 23, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cuttack, Bengal Presidency, British India (present-day Odisha, India)
Died: August 18, 1945
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 40 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

 41 Oscar Wilde

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

 42 John D. Rockefeller

John D. Rockefeller
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 8, 1839
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richford, New York, United States
Died: May 23, 1937

 43 Swami Vivekananda

Swami Vivekananda
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Famous As: Indian Monk
Birthdate: January 12, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: July 4, 1902
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 44 Ulysses S. Grant

Ulysses S. Grant
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 18th President of the United States
Birthdate: April 27, 1822
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Point Pleasant, Ohio, United States
Died: July 23, 1885

 45 Wilhelm II

Wilhelm II
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Famous As: German Emperor and King of Prussia (1888-1918)
Birthdate: January 27, 1859
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: June 4, 1941

 46 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Iron Man of India
Birthdate: October 31, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nadiad
Died: December 15, 1950

 47 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)

 48 Nikita Khrushchev

Nikita Khrushchev
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Premier of the Soviet Union
Birthdate: April 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kalinovka, Dmitriyevsky Uyezd, Kursk Governorate, Russian Empire
Died: September 11, 1971

 49 Harriet Tubman

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

 50 John Adams

John Adams
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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