Famous People Born In 1787

Discover the most famous people born in 1787. The list includes people like Delphine LaLaurie, Sarah Baartman, Shaka, Louis Daguerre, François Guizot and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include historians, economists, political leaders and educators born in 1787. This list includes people from England, France, Germany & United States and many more countries.
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Shaka
(Zulu Emperor)
Shaka
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Died: September 22, 1828

Widely regarded as one of the most influential and important monarchs of the Zulu Kingdom, Shaka reigned as the king of the Zulu Kingdom from 1816 to 1828. Through a series of influential and wide-reaching reforms, Shaka was able to re-organize the Zulu military into a formidable force. His life and work inspired the 1986 South African TV series, Shaka Zulu.

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Louis Daguerre
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 18th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France
Died: July 10, 1851
Remembered for his invention of the daguerreotype, or the first process of photography, which could develop pictures in just 20 to 30 minutes, Louis Daguerre had humble beginnings as revenue officer and then an opera scene painter. He was also instrumental in setting up the first diorama theater.
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Sarah Baartman
(A Freak Show Attraction)
Sarah Baartman
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Gamtoos River, Kouga Local Municipality, South Africa
Died: 1815 AD
Sara Baartman, a popular subject of feminist criticism, was a South African Khoikhoi woman who was made a freak-show attraction, as the Hottentot Venus, in the 19th century, due to her large buttocks. She was a victim of the European men’s obsession with “exotic” Black women, whom they objectified.
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Vuk Stefanović Karadžić
(Philologist, Anthropologist and Linguist)
Vuk Stefanović Karadžić
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Birthdate: 6th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tršić, Serbia
Died: February 7, 1864
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Jan Evangelista Purkinje
(Physiologist)
Jan Evangelista Purkinje
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Listed In: Physiologists
Birthdate: 17th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Libochovice, Bohemia
Died: July 28, 1869
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Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
(Educator)
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
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Listed In: Educators
Birthdate: 10th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Died: September 10, 1851
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Emma Willard
(American Women's Rights Activist)
Emma Willard
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 23rd February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Berlin, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 15, 1870
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Joseph von Fraunhofer
(Physicist, Astronomer, Chemist)
Joseph von Fraunhofer
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 6th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Straubing
Died: June 7, 1826

Joseph von Fraunhofer was a Bavarian optical lens manufacturer and physicist. He is credited with developing diffraction grating and inventing the spectroscope. He is also credited with discovering the Fraunhofer lines, the dark absorption lines produced in the spectrum of the sun. The Fraunhofer Society, Europe's biggest Society for the Advancement of Applied Research, is named in his honor.

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Otto von Kotzebue
(Russian Explorer and Naval Officer Known for His Explorations in Oceania)
Otto von Kotzebue
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 30th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tallinn, Estonia
Died: February 15, 1846

Russian explorer and naval officer Otto von Kotzebue is remembered for his pioneering explorations in Oceania and his 3 circumnavigations of the Earth. The second son of German dramatist and diplomat August von Kotzebue, he also penned his travel accounts, which were later translated into English.

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Franz Xaver Gruber
(Organist)
Franz Xaver Gruber
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 25th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hochburg-Ach, Austria
Died: June 7, 1863
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Ninomiya Sontoku
(Philosopher)
Ninomiya Sontoku
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Birthdate: 4th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ashigarakami District, Kanagawa, Japan
Died: November 17, 1856
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Sir Harry Smith, 1st Baronet
(General)
Sir Harry Smith, 1st Baronet
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 28th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Whittlesey, England
Died: October 12, 1860
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Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este
(Queen)
Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 14th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Monza, Italy
Died: April 7, 1816

The third of the four wives of Austrian emperor Franz I, Maria Ludovika of Austria-Este was also the youngest child of Archduke Ferdinand. She received an elite education under strict supervision of her grandmother, Maria Theresa. Though Goethe admired her a lot, he had sworn to never make his admiration public.

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Alexander Sergeyevich Menshikov
(Statesman)
Alexander Sergeyevich Menshikov
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 26th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: May 2, 1869
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Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz
(Nobleman)
Alfred I, Prince of Windisch-Grätz
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 11th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: March 21, 1862
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Mary Russell Mitford
(Author)
Mary Russell Mitford
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 16th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Alresford, England
Died: January 10, 1855
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Ludwig Uhland
(Poet)
Ludwig Uhland
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Birthdate: 26th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tübingen, Germany
Died: November 13, 1862
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Richard Whately
(British Philosopher, Economist, Theologian and Former Archbishop of Dublin)
Richard Whately
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Birthdate: 1st February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cavendish Square, London, England
Died: October 8, 1863

Richard Whately was an English logician, academic, rhetorician, economist, theologian, and philosopher. His influential work Elements of Logic, which popularized the study of logic in the United States of America and in Britain, inspired several logicians including Charles Sanders Peirce, who read the book when he was 12 years old.

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William Becknell
(Soldier)
William Becknell
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Amherst County, Virginia, United States
Died: April 30, 1865
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Konstantin Batyushkov
(Poet)
Konstantin Batyushkov
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 29th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vologda, Russia
Died: July 19, 1855
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Rasmus Rask
(Danish Linguist and Philologist Known for His Contributions to Comparative Linguistics)
Rasmus Rask
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Birthdate: 22nd November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Denmark
Died: November 14, 1832

Danish philologist and linguist Rasmus Rask is known for pioneering Icelandic grammar. He also taught at the University of Copenhagen. His research later led to the basic law of comparative linguistics, also known as Grimm’s law. He traveled extensively, to places such as Persia, Ceylon, and India, and learned 25 languages and dialects.

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William Conybeare
(Geologist)
William Conybeare
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Listed In: Geologists
Birthdate: 7th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 12, 1857
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Charles Armitage Brown
(Known for friend of Keats)
Charles Armitage Brown
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Birthdate: 17th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, United Kingdom
Died: June 5, 1842
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Muhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi
(Theologian)
Muhammad ibn Ali as-Senussi
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Mostaganem, Algeria
Died: 1859 AD
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Karl Ferdinand von Gräfe
(Surgeon)
Karl Ferdinand von Gräfe
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Listed In: Surgeons
Birthdate: 8th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: July 4, 1840
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Robert L. Stevens
(Inventor)
Robert L. Stevens
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 18th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 20, 1856
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Edmund Kean
(Actor)
Edmund Kean
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 4th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: City of Westminster, London
Died: May 15, 1833
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William Etty
(English Artist Best Known for His History Paintings Containing Nude Figures)
William Etty
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 10th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: York, England
Died: November 13, 1849
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James Weddell
(Navigator)
James Weddell
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 24th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ostend, Belgium
Died: September 9, 1834
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Thomas Say
(Entomologist)
Thomas Say
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 27th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 10, 1834
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Christian Friedrich, Baron Stockmar
(Physician)
Christian Friedrich, Baron Stockmar
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Birthdate: 22nd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Coburg, Germany
Died: July 9, 1863

Christian Friedrich was a German physician and statesman. He served as the physician and secretary to Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg and eventually became influential in Belgian and British politics. Queen Victoria approved of him, and with her support, he played a major role in British politics. He was raised to the rank of baron by the king of Saxony.

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Anna Colas Pépin
(Businesswoman)
Anna Colas Pépin
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Listed In: Business Women
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Senegal
Died: 1872 AD

Anna Colas Pépin was a Euro-African businesswoman best remembered for her contribution to the Signare community. An influential member of the community, Pépin invested in buildings and on the land of Gorée. She is also remembered for receiving François d'Orléans, Prince of Joinville during his visit to Gorée. The scene, which happened in 1842, is portrayed by Édouard Auguste Nousveaux.

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John J. Crittenden
(Politician)
John J. Crittenden
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 10th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Versailles, Kentucky, United States
Died: July 26, 1863
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John Richardson
(Surgeon and Explorer)
John Richardson
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Birthdate: 5th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dumfries, Scotland
Died: June 5, 1865

Apart from being a naval surgeon, John Richardson also made a named for himself as an explorer of the Canadian Arctic coast. He was also a talented author of natural history. His accurate surveys eventually got him knighted. Various species of reptiles and mammals have been named in his honor.

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Francisco de Paula Martínez de la Rosa y Berdejo
(Spanish Dramatist and Statesman)
Francisco de Paula Martínez de la Rosa y Berdejo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 10th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Granada, Spain
Died: February 7, 1862
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Charles Cowden Clarke
(Author)
Charles Cowden Clarke
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 15th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Enfield, England
Died: March 13, 1877
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François Guizot
(Politician, Diplomat, Historian, Translator, Writer, Literary critic, Carpenter)
François Guizot
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 4th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Nîmes
Died: September 12, 1874

François Guizot was a French historian and statesman. He was a key figure in French politics in the years leading to the Revolution of 1848. After serving under the "citizen king" Louis Philippe in several roles, he was made the Prime Minister of France in 1847. He played a critical role in expanding public education. 

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Jan Zygmunt Skrzynecki
(General)
Jan Zygmunt Skrzynecki
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 8th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Zebrak, Poland
Died: December 1, 1860
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Alexey Fyodorovich Orlov
(Diplomat)
Alexey Fyodorovich Orlov
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 19th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: May 21, 1862
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Tharrawaddy Min
(King)
Tharrawaddy Min
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 14th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Amarapura, Myanmar (Burma)
Died: November 17, 1846
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André Coindre
(Father)
André Coindre
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 26th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: May 30, 1826
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Samuel Cunard
(Magnate)
Samuel Cunard
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Birthdate: 21st November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Halifax Regional Municipality, Canada
Died: April 28, 1865
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Guillaume Henri Dufour
(Swiss Military Officer, Topographer, and Structural Engineer)
Guillaume Henri Dufour
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 15th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Konstanz, Germany
Died: July 14, 1875
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Keying
(Former Minister of Finance of Imperial China)
Keying
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Birthdate: 21st March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: June 29, 1858

Keying, or Qiying, was a Manchu statesman of the Qing dynasty. He had been the viceroy of Liangguang and the minister of personnel, revenue, and other departments. After leaving the negotiations regarding the Arrow War with the British midway, he was forced to commit suicide by the imperial court.

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Johann Nicolaus von Dreyse
(Inventor)
Johann Nicolaus von Dreyse
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 20th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sommerda, Germany
Died: December 9, 1867
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Claudius Rich
(Businessman)
Claudius Rich
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: 28th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dijon, France
Died: October 5, 1821