Famous People Born In 1761

Discover the most famous people born in 1761. The list includes people like Marie Tussaud, John Rennie the Elder, William Carey, Selim III, Sybil Ludington and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include military leaders, political leaders, diplomats and artists born in 1761. This list includes people from England, United States, France and many more countries.
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Marie Tussaud
(French Wax Sculpture Artist and Founder of 'Madame Tussauds', the Wax Museum in London)
Marie Tussaud
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 1st December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: April 16, 1850

Marie Tussaud was a French artist and sculptor best remembered for her wax sculptures. She founded Madame Tussauds, a wax museum, in London in 1835. The museum is a major tourist attraction today. As a young girl, she learned wax modeling from doctor cum wax modeler Philippe Curtius. In the ensuing years, she became a prominent sculptor.

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Henry Shrapnel
(Inventor)
Henry Shrapnel
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Birthdate: 3rd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bradford-on-Avon, England
Died: March 13, 1842
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Albert Gallatin
(Politician, Diplomat)
Albert Gallatin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 29th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva
Died: August 12, 1849
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Selim III
(The Ottoman Empire's 28th Sultan)
Selim III
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 24th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Constantinople
Died: July 28, 1808

The 28th sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Selim III was a ruler who believed in modern reforms. A talented poet and composer of Ottoman music, he introduced the nizam-ı cedid, a set of new reforms. He redefined his kingdom’s military strategies and taxation system and launched embassies in Europe.

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William Carey
(Missionary)
William Carey
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Birthdate: 17th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paulerspury
Died: June 9, 1834
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John Moore
(General)
John Moore
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 13th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: January 16, 1809
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William Joseph Chaminade
(Catholic priest)
William Joseph Chaminade
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Listed In: Priests
Birthdate: 8th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingdom of France
Died: January 22, 1850
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John Opie
(Painter)
John Opie
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 16th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trevellas, England
Died: April 9, 1807
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Jedidiah Morse
(American Geographer Whose Textbooks Became Primary Study Materials for Students in the US)
Jedidiah Morse
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Listed In: Geographers
Birthdate: 23rd August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Woodstock, Connecticut, United States
Died: June 9, 1826

Jedidiah Morse was a geographer best remembered for his textbooks, which became primary study materials for students in the US. His textbooks earned him the nickname father of American geography. Jedidiah Morse also served as a teacher and pastor during his illustrious career.

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Matthew Baillie
(British Physician and Pathologist Who First Identified Transposition of the Great Vessels and Situs Inversus)
Matthew Baillie
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Listed In: Pathologists
Birthdate: 27th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shots Manse, Scotland
Died: September 23, 1823

The man who penned the first published study of pathology in English, Matthew Baillie was an Oxford-educated physician who was later also named a Fellow of The Royal Society. He also inherited the estates of his physician uncle William Hunter and taught at his medical school for a while.

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Pope Pius VIII
(Pope)
Pope Pius VIII
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 20th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cingoli, Italy
Died: November 30, 1830
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Louis-Léopold Boilly
(Painter)
Louis-Léopold Boilly
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 5th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: La Bassée, France
Died: January 4, 1845
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John Rennie the Elder
(Scottish Civil Engineer Who Designed Many Bridges, Canals, Docks and Warehouses)
John Rennie the Elder
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Listed In: Civil Engineers
Birthdate: 7th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Phantassie, Scotland
Died: October 4, 1821

John Rennie the Elder was a Scottish civil engineer considered a pioneer in the use of structural cast iron. He designed many bridges, canals, docks, and warehouses. As a young boy, he spent much time in the workshop of Andrew Meikle, a prominent mechanical engineer, and learned from him. He then went on to establish his own engineering practice.  

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Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck
(Jurist)
Rutger Jan Schimmelpenninck
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 31st October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Deventer, Netherlands
Died: February 15, 1825
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Helen Maria Williams
(Novelist)
Helen Maria Williams
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 15, 1827
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Sybil Ludington
(American Revolutionary War Heroine)
Sybil Ludington
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Listed In: Revolutionaries
Birthdate: 5th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ludingtonville, New York, United States
Died: February 26, 1839

Born to a militia officer, Sybil Ludington later made history with her fearless resistance to the British during the American Revolutionary War. Most of her statues today find her perched on a horse, in a tribute to her night-long horseback ride to inform American soldiers of an impending British attack.

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Dorothea Jordan
(Actress)
Dorothea Jordan
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 22nd November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Waterford, Ireland
Died: July 5, 1816
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Sir James Hall, 4th Baronet
(Geologist)
Sir James Hall, 4th Baronet
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Listed In: Geologists
Birthdate: 17th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dunglass, Scotland
Died: June 23, 1832
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Friedrich von Matthisson
(Poet)
Friedrich von Matthisson
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 13th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hohendodeleben, Wanzleben-Börde, Germany
Died: March 12, 1831
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José Agostinho de Macedo
(Poet)
José Agostinho de Macedo
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 11th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beja, Portugal
Died: October 2, 1831
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Eliza de Feuillide
(Novelist)
Eliza de Feuillide
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 22nd December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Died: April 25, 1813
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Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly
(General)
Michael Andreas Barclay de Tolly
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 27th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pamūšis, Lithuania
Died: May 26, 1818
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Antoine Barnave
(Politician)
Antoine Barnave
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Birthdate: 22nd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Grenoble, France
Died: November 29, 1793
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George Tierney
(Former Irish Whig politician)
George Tierney
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Birthdate: 20th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gibraltar
Died: January 25, 1830
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August von Kotzebue
(Playwright)
August von Kotzebue
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 3rd May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Weimar, Germany
Died: March 23, 1819
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Edward Preble
(Naval commander)
Edward Preble
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 15th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States
Died: August 25, 1807
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Charles Pichegru
(General)
Charles Pichegru
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 16th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: near Arbois, France
Died: April 5, 1804
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Sakai Hōitsu
(Japanese Painter)
Sakai Hōitsu
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Birthdate: 1st August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edo, Japan
Died: January 4, 1829

Japanese Rinpa artist Sakai Hōitsu of the late Tokugawa-period is noted for reviving the style and popularity of Ogata Kōrin. Hōitsu replicated several paintings of Kōrin and made Kōrin’s work popular, organizing first exhibition of the latter’s paintings at his hundredth death anniversary. Noted works of Hōitsu include Flowering Plants of Summer and Autumn and Wind God and Thunder God.

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Karl Alois, Prince Lichnowsky
(Composer)
Karl Alois, Prince Lichnowsky
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 21st June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 15, 1814
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Nikolay Novosiltsev
(Statesman)
Nikolay Novosiltsev
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Russia
Died: April 20, 1838
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Nicolas-Louis Robert
(French inventor)
Nicolas-Louis Robert
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Birthdate: 2nd December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: France
Died: August 8, 1828
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William Radcliffe
(British Inventor Who Known for His Innovations to 'Power Looms')
William Radcliffe
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Mellor, Derbyshire, England
Died: May 20, 1842

William Radcliffe had his own powerloom weaving factory and invented a machine for improving the quality of cloth, though his mill was later destroyed by the Luddites. His iconic essay on the new technology of weaving was later published as a significant treatise of the Industrial Revolution.

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Elizabeth Whitlock
(Actress)
Elizabeth Whitlock
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 2nd April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Warrington, England
Died: February 27, 1836
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Pierre-Claude-François Daunou
(French statesman)
Pierre-Claude-François Daunou
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 18th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boulogne, France
Died: June 20, 1840
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Nicolas Anselme Baptiste
(Actor)
Nicolas Anselme Baptiste
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 18th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: November 1, 1835
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Dirk van Hogendorp
(Officer)
Dirk van Hogendorp
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 3rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Heenvliet, Netherlands
Died: October 29, 1822
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Michel-Louis-Étienne Regnaud de Saint-Jean d'Angély
(Politician)
Michel-Louis-Étienne Regnaud de Saint-Jean d'Angély
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 3rd December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Fargeau, France
Died: March 11, 1819
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François Just Marie Raynouard
(French Linguist and Dramatist)
François Just Marie Raynouard
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 18th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brignoles, France
Died: October 27, 1836