Famous People Born In 1774

Discover the most famous people born in 1774. The list includes people like Johnny Appleseed, Meriwether Lewis, Caspar David Friedrich, Matthew Flinders, Daniel D. Tompkins and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include explorers, political leaders, military leaders and astronomers born in 1774. This list includes people from United States, England and many more countries.
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Meriwether Lewis
(Explorer, Politician)
Meriwether Lewis
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 18th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ivy, Colony of Virginia
Died: October 11, 1809

Best known for his exploration of the Pacific Northwest and Oregon, Meriwether Lewis led the legendary Lewis and Clark Expedition. He had also been the governor of Louisiana. His mysterious death at age 35, due to gunshot wounds, sparked a huge debate on whether it was a murder or a suicide.

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Matthew Flinders
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Listed In: Explorers
Birthdate: 16th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Donington
Died: July 19, 1814
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Caspar David Friedrich
(Romantic landscape painter)
Caspar David Friedrich
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Birthdate: 5th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greifswald, Germany
Died: May 7, 1840

Caspar David Friedrich was a German painter best remembered for painting mid-period allegorical landscapes. Widely regarded as the most important German painter of his era, Friedrich is celebrated as an important figure of the German Romantic movement. His works have influenced several painters, including Johan Christian Dahl, Arnold Böcklin, and Christiane Pooley.

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Elizabeth Ann Seton
(American Catholic Religious Sister)
Elizabeth Ann Seton
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Listed In: Saints
Birthdate: 28th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: January 4, 1821
Born to a physician, Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American to be canonized by the Catholic Church, helped establish the first charity in New York. Part of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph, she pioneered the Catholic schooling system, establishing the first Catholic girls’ school in the U.S. 
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Johnny Appleseed
(American Nurseryman Who is Known for Supplying Apple-Tree Nursery Stock Throughout the Midwest)
Johnny Appleseed
38
Listed In: Naturalists
Birthdate: 26th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Leominster, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 18, 1845
Nurseryman John Chapman, better known to people as Johnny Appleseed, is remembered for introducing apple trees in areas across the American states of Pennsylvania, Indiana, Ohio, and Illinois, and West Virginia. His aim as a missionary of The New Church was to help local settlers make cider.
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Anne Catherine Emmerich
(German Catholic Nun Remembered for Her Mystical Visions)
Anne Catherine Emmerich
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Listed In: Priests
Birthdate: 8th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Coesfeld, Germany
Died: February 9, 1824

German Roman Catholic nun Anne Catherine Emmerich was born on a farm and initially failed to join any religious community due to her poor financial conditions. She later received the stigmata and experienced visions of the Virgin Mary and Passion of Jesus. Her visions apparently inspired the 2004 film The Passion of the Christ.

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Charles Bell
(Scottish Surgeon Known for Discovering the Difference Between Sensory Nerves and Motor Nerves in the Spinal Cord)
Charles Bell
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 12th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: April 28, 1842

Charles Bell was a Scottish surgeon, physiologist, anatomist, and neurologist. He was also an artist and philosophical theologian. He discovered the difference between sensory nerves and motor nerves in the spinal cord. He is also known for describing Bell's palsy. He played a key role in the creation of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. 

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Robert Southey
(Former poet of the Romantic school, and Poet laureate from 1813 until his death)
Robert Southey
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 12th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bristol, England, United Kingdom
Died: March 21, 1843
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Lalon
(Prominent Bengali Philosopher Regarded as an Icon of  Bengali Culture)
Lalon
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 17th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jhenaidah District, Bangladesh
Died: October 17, 1890

Lalon, also known as Lalon Fakir, or Lalon Shah, was an iconic Baul saint, considered a symbol of Bengali culture. Since his poems and songs belonged to the oral tradition, they weren’t published during his lifetime. Eventually, Rabindranath Tagore published about 200 songs from one of Lalon’s manuscripts.

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Francis Beaufort
(Irish Hydrographer Who was the Creator of the Beaufort Scale for Indicating Wind Force)
Francis Beaufort
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Listed In: Explorers
Birthdate: 27th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Navan, County Meath, Ireland
Died: December 17, 1857

Irish-born Francis Beaufort grew up to be a British Royal Navy admiral. He also went down in history as the inventor of the Beaufort wind force scale, which was meant for observing wind force at sea. His personal diaries, written in Beaufort cipher, reveal an incestuous relationship with his sister.

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John Colter
(American Explorer and the First White Man to Have Seen and Described 'Yellowstone National Park')
John Colter
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Listed In: Explorers
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Stuarts Draft, Virginia, United States
Died: November 22, 1813

Trapper-explorer John Colter, who was part of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, is remembered as the first white man to visit and describe the Yellowstone National Park. He had a brush with death on three occasions, when he came face-to-face with Indian tribes. He later settled in a Missouri farm.

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Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands
(Queen)
Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands
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Birthdate: 18th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
Died: October 12, 1837
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Christian Leopold von Buch
(German Geologist and Paleontologist Who Defined the 'Jurassic System')
Christian Leopold von Buch
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 26th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Germany
Died: March 4, 1853

German geologist and paleontologist Christian Leopold von Buch initially worked as an inspector of mines, before his geological expedition in the Alps. He studied volcanoes in Italy and the Canary Islands and rocks in Scandinavia, too. He is, however, best remembered for defining the Jurassic System.

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Egor Frantsevich, Count Kankrin
(Politician)
Egor Frantsevich, Count Kankrin
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 7th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hanau, Germany
Died: October 3, 1845
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William Bainbridge
(Naval Commander)
William Bainbridge
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 7th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Princeton, New Jersey, United States
Died: July 27, 1833
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Gaspare Spontini
(Italian Opera Composer And Conductor)
Gaspare Spontini
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 14th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maiolati Spontini, Italy
Died: January 24, 1851
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Edward Charles Howard
(Chemist)
Edward Charles Howard
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Listed In: Chemists
Birthdate: 28th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: September 28, 1816
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Colin Halkett
(British Army officer who became Lieutenant Governor of Jersey)
Colin Halkett
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 7th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Venlo, Netherlands
Died: September 24, 1856
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Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge
(Marshal)
Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 24th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buckingham Palace, London, England
Died: July 8, 1850
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Daniel D. Tompkins
(Sixth Vice President of the U.S.A)
Daniel D. Tompkins
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 21st June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Scarsdale
Died: June 11, 1825
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Lord William Bentinck
(Former Governor-General of India)
Lord William Bentinck
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Birthdate: 14th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Died: June 17, 1839
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Pierre-Narcisse Guérin
(Painter)
Pierre-Narcisse Guérin
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 13th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 6, 1833
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William Henry
(Chemist)
William Henry
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Listed In: Chemists
Birthdate: 12th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: September 2, 1836
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Francis Baily
(Astronomer)
Francis Baily
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Listed In: Astronomers
Birthdate: 28th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newbury, England
Died: August 30, 1844
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Anne Jean Marie René Savary
(General)
Anne Jean Marie René Savary
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 26th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Marcq, France
Died: June 2, 1833
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Auguste de Marmont
(Military general)
Auguste de Marmont
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 20th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Châtillon-sur-Seine, France
Died: March 22, 1852
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Thomas Tooke
(English Economist Known for Writing on Money and Economic Statistics)
Thomas Tooke
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Listed In: Economists
Birthdate: 28th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kronstadt, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: February 26, 1858

British financier and economist Thomas Tooke had begun his business career at the tender age of 15. He eventually ended up being the Royal Exchange Assurance Corporation governor. Known for his support of free trade, he advocated for the gold standard initially but opposed the 1844 Bank Charter Act.

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Jean Marc Gaspard Itard
(Physician)
Jean Marc Gaspard Itard
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Birthdate: 24th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oraison, France
Died: July 5, 1838
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Francisco de Paula Marín
(Nobleman)
Francisco de Paula Marín
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 25th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jerez de la Frontera, Spain
Died: October 30, 1837
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Jean-Baptiste Biot
(Mathematician, Physicist, Astronomer, Civil engineer, Engineer, Professor)
Jean-Baptiste Biot
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 21st April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris
Died: February 3, 1862

Jean-Baptiste Biot was a French physicist, mathematician, and astronomer. He was a co-discoverer of what became known as the Biot-Savart law of magnetostatics. He is also credited with establishing the reality of meteorites. He made major contributions to the fields of optics and magnetism as well. Cape Biot in eastern Greenland is named in his honor. 

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Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti
(Philologist)
Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti
1
Listed In: Philologists
Birthdate: 19th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: March 15, 1849
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Adolf Müllner
(Critic)
Adolf Müllner
0
Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 18th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Langendorf, Weißenfels, Germany
Died: June 11, 1829
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Hans Järta
(Swedish Politician, Administrator and Revolutionary)
Hans Järta
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 11th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sweden
Died: April 6, 1847

Hans Järta was a Swedish revolutionary and administrator. He played a major role in the Coup of 1809 which dethroned Gustavus IV Adolphus. Hans Järta was also one of the most important drafters of Sweden's 1809 constitution. He also served as the Governor of Kopparberg County from 1812 to 1822.

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Friedrich Gottlob Koenig
(Best Known for His High-Speed Steam-Powered Printing Press)
Friedrich Gottlob Koenig
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 17th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Eisleben, Germany
Died: January 17, 1833
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George Dollond
(Optician)
George Dollond
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Birthdate: 10th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 30, 1852
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Arthur Thistlewood
(Revolutionary)
Arthur Thistlewood
1
Listed In: Revolutionaries
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Tupholme, England
Died: May 1, 1820
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Archibald Constable
(Publisher)
Archibald Constable
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Listed In: Publishers
Birthdate: 24th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Carnbee, Scotland
Died: July 21, 1827
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Maria Theresa Kemble
(Actress)
Maria Theresa Kemble
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Birthdate: 17th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 3, 1838