Famous People Born In 1742

Discover the most famous people born in 1742. The list includes people like Nathanael Greene, Yemelyan Pugachev, James Wilson, William Hooper, Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, revolutionaries, chemists and poets born in 1742. This list includes people from United States, England, Germany and many more countries.
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Nathanael Greene
(Major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War)
Nathanael Greene
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 7th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Potowomut, Rhode Island, United States
Died: June 19, 1786
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Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher
(Prussian field marshal)
Gebhard Leberecht von Blücher
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 16th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toitenwinkel, Rostock, Germany
Died: September 12, 1819
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James Wilson
(One of the Founding Fathers of the United States & a Signatory of the Declaration of Independence)
James Wilson
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 14th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fife, Scotland
Died: August 21, 1798

James Wilson was an American statesman, legal scholar, politician, and founding father of the United States of America. He served as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court from 1789 to 1798.  A leading legal theorist, he played a key role in drafting the United States Constitution. He was also a professor of law. 

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Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville
(British Advocate, Independent Whig Politician and Former Secretary of State for War (1794 - 1801))
Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 28th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: May 28, 1811

His mastery of Scottish politics earned Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville the nickname King Harry the Ninth. Apart from serving as the First Lord of the Admiralty and the Secretary of State for War, he also played a significant role in the British expansion in India. He was also a successful lawyer initially.

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Elizabeth Freeman
(The First Enslaved African American Person to Win a Freedom Suit in Massachusetts)
Elizabeth Freeman
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Listed In: Nurses
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Claverack
Died: December 28, 1829

Elizabeth Freeman was an African American midwife and herbalist. She is best remembered as the first enslaved African American person to win a freedom suit in Massachusetts. After gaining her freedom, Elizabeth Freeman became widely known for her skills as a midwife, nurse, and healer.

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William Hooper
(Former Delegate to the Continental Congress)
William Hooper
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Birthdate: 17th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Boston
Died: October 14, 1790
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James Rennell
(British Geographer, Historian and a Pioneer of Oceanography)
James Rennell
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Birthdate: 3rd December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chudleigh, Devon, England
Died: March 29, 1830

James Rennell was an English historian and geographer. A pioneer of oceanography, Rennell is often referred to as the Father of Oceanography. Rennell, who served as a Surveyor General of Bengal, India, is credited with producing some of the earliest accurate maps of Bengal. James Rennell is also credited with co-founding the Royal Geographical Society in London in 1830.

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Yemelyan Pugachev
(Leader of a Major Cossack and Peasant Rebellion in Russia)
Yemelyan Pugachev
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Listed In: Revolutionaries
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Volgograd Oblast, Russia
Died: January 21, 1775

Yemelyan Pugachev, a Cossack leader, was a significant figure of the peasant rebellion in Russia. Impersonating Emperor Peter III, who had been deposed by Queen Catherine and killed, Pugachev gathered a group of peasants and besieged several major Russian cities, but was eventually sent to Moscow, where he was executed.

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Ann Bailey
(American Revolutionary Who Served in the Fights of the 'American Revolutionary War' and the 'Northwest Indian War')
Ann Bailey
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Listed In: Revolutionaries
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: November 22, 1825

A legend during the American Revolutionary War, Ann Bailey was a British-born American woman, who took up arms to become a frontier scout, messenger and spy. She became a heroine when during the seize of Fort Lee, she made a hundred miles single-person ride through host of besiegers and forestland to get powder supply and thus saved the Clendenin's Settlement.

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Nicolas Leblanc
(French Chemist Who Discovered the Process for Making Soda Ash From Common Salt)
Nicolas Leblanc
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Listed In: Chemists
Birthdate: 6th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ivoy-le-Pré, France
Died: January 16, 1806

Known as the inventor of the now-obsolete Leblanc process, Nicolas Leblanc was employed as a physician when the French Academy of Sciences offered a prize for developing a process, which would turn common salt into soda ash. Using sea salt and sulfuric acid as the raw materials, Nicolas Leblanc soon developed a technique that was widely followed during the 19th century.

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Suzanne Simone Baptiste Louverture
(Politician)
Suzanne Simone Baptiste Louverture
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Hait
Died: May 19, 1816
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Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
(Physicist, satirist, and Anglophile)
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
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Listed In: Physicists
Birthdate: 1st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ober-Ramstadt, Germany
Died: February 24, 1799
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Isabella Graham
(Philanthropist)
Isabella Graham
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 29th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lanarkshire, Scotland
Died: July 27, 1814
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Pope Pius VII
(Pope)
Pope Pius VII
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 14th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cesena, Italy
Died: August 20, 1823
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Arthur Middleton
(Politician)
Arthur Middleton
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Birthdate: 26th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charleston
Died: January 1, 1787
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Edward Buncombe
(Plantation owner from the Province of North Carolina who served as a colonel in the North Carolina militia and Continental Army)
Edward Buncombe
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Saint Kitts
Died: 1778 AD
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Carl Wilhelm Scheele
(Swedish German Chemist Who Discovered Oxygen)
Carl Wilhelm Scheele
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Listed In: Chemists
Birthdate: 9th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stralsund, Germany
Died: May 21, 1786

Born to a German merchant, Carl Wilhelm Scheele was initially trained as a pharmacist but later switched to chemistry. He began his academic career in Sweden. He is best known for discovering oxygen, apart from countless chemical elements such as barium and chlorine and many organic acids.

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Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz
(Czech Harpist and Composer Who Composed Sonatas and Concertos For Harp)
Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 8th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Town, Prague, Czechia
Died: February 19, 1790

Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz was a Czech harpist and composer. He is best remembered for composing sonatas and concertos for harp and chamber music. Apart from working as a composer, Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz also worked alongside Jean Henri Naderman, one of Paris' leading harp-makers, towards revamping the construction of the harp. 

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Bon-Joseph Dacier
(Historian, Philologist)
Bon-Joseph Dacier
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Birthdate: 1st April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Valognes, France
Died: February 4, 1833
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Manasseh Cutler
(Clergyman)
Manasseh Cutler
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Birthdate: 13th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Killingly, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 28, 1823
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Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar
(Shah of Iran)
Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 14th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gorgān, Iran
Died: June 17, 1797

Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar was 6 when Adil Shah got him castrated to prevent him from challenging him as a political rival in the future. However, Agha Moḥammad grew up to lead the Qavanlu clan of the Qajars and later founded the Qajar dynasty of Iran.

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Jean Senebier
(Pastor)
Jean Senebier
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 6th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: July 22, 1809
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William Combe
(Author)
William Combe
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 25th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: June 19, 1823
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Johan Herman Wessel
(Norwegian Poet and Playwright)
Johan Herman Wessel
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 6th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Akershus, Norway
Died: December 29, 1785

Johan Herman Wessel was a Danish-Norwegian poet, playwright, and satirist whose works are characterized by the use of satiric wit and parody. One of his satirical plays titled Kierlighed uden Strømper is performed even today! Johan Herman Wessel is also credited with writing Anno 7603, which is widely regarded as one of the first fictional works that discuss time travel.

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Roch-Ambroise Cucurron Sicard
(Abbot)
Roch-Ambroise Cucurron Sicard
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 20th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Le Fousseret, France
Died: May 10, 1822
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Jean Dauberval
(French Dancer and Ballet Master Known for Creating the Ballet, ‘La Fille Mal Gardée')
Jean Dauberval
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: 19th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montpellier, France
Died: February 14, 1806

Jean Dauberval is remembered for his iconic ballet La fille mal gardée, one of the world’s first comic ballets. The Académie Royale de Musique ballet master has trained numerous ballet legends, such as Charles Didelot, who is also known as the father of the Russian ballet.

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Lionel Lukin
(Inventor)
Lionel Lukin
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 18th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Great Dunmow, England
Died: February 16, 1834
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Samuel Provoost
(Clergyman)
Samuel Provoost
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 11th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 6, 1815
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Philip Astley
(British Equestrian)
Philip Astley
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Listed In: Equestrians
Birthdate: 8th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newcastle-under-Lyme, England
Died: January 27, 1814
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Richard Cosway
(Painter)
Richard Cosway
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 5th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tiverton, England
Died: July 4, 1821
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Charlotte von Stein
(Writer)
Charlotte von Stein
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 25th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Eisenach, Germany
Died: January 6, 1827