Famous People Born In 1789

Discover the most famous people born in 1789. The list includes people like James Fenimore Cooper, Josiah Henson, Augustin-Louis Cauchy, Georg Ohm, William Christopher Zeise and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include artists, political leaders, social reformers and novelists born in 1789. This list includes people from United States, England, Germany and many more countries.
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James Fenimore Cooper
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Birthdate: 15th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Burlington, New Jersey
Died: September 14, 1851
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Georg Ohm
(Physicist & Mathematician)
Georg Ohm
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 16th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Erlangen, Germany
Died: July 6, 1854

Georg Ohm was a German mathematician and physicist. He is credited with discovering the proportionality between the voltage applied through a conductor and the subsequent electric current, which came to be known as Ohm's law. His work earned him the prestigious Copley Medal in 1841. A prolific writer, Georg Ohm published several papers and pamphlets throughout his career.

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Augustin-Louis Cauchy
(Mathematician)
Augustin-Louis Cauchy
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Listed In: Mathematicians
Birthdate: 21st August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris
Died: May 23, 1857

French mathematician Augustin-Louis Cauchy was initially a military engineer. In his early days, he and his family escaped the Reign of Terror and settled in Arcueil. He was one of the pioneers of mathematical analysis and made significant contributions to subjects such as error theory, calculus, and complex functions.

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Josiah Henson
(Abolitionist)
Josiah Henson
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Listed In: Social Reformers
Birthdate: 15th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Charles County, Maryland, United States
Died: May 5, 1883

Josiah Henson was an American abolitionist, author, and minister. Henson escaped to Upper Canada after being born into slavery and founded a settlement for other fugitive slaves in Kent County. Josiah Henson's autobiography about his escape from slavery is said to have inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe's title character in her novel Uncle Tom's Cabin.

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Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt
(Viceroy of Egypt)
Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 4th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Drama, Greece
Died: November 10, 1848

Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt was an Egyptian army general who served as the regent of his father's Muhammad Ali dynasty in 1848 due to his father's ill health. Ibrahim Pasha is best remembered for his military victories, including his impressive success against the Ottoman Empire, for which he is counted among the greatest members of the Muhammad Ali dynasty.

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Abbas Mirza
(Crown prince of Iran)
Abbas Mirza
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Birthdate: 20th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nava, Iran
Died: October 25, 1833

Abbas Mirza was the son of Fath Ali Shah, the second Shah of Qajar Iran, and his wife Asiyeh Khanum. As the crown prince, he developed a reputation as a military commander during the Russo-Persian War. He made many attempts to modernize the Persian army but without any success. He predeceased his father and died in 1833. 

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Friedrich List
(German-American Economist and Political Theorist)
Friedrich List
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Birthdate: 6th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reutlingen, Germany
Died: November 30, 1846

German-American economist Friedrich List is remembered as one of the pioneers of the historical school of economics. He supported tariffs on imported goods to help the domestic market. He is also known for his pamphlet Outlines of American Political Economy and his book The National System of Political Economy.

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John Martin
(engraver, painter)
John Martin
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 19th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Haydon Bridge
Died: February 17, 1854
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Stéphanie de Beauharnais
(Grand Duchess consort)
Stéphanie de Beauharnais
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Birthdate: 28th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Versailles, France
Died: January 29, 1860
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Hiram Bingham I
(Leader of the First Group of American Protestant Missionaries to Introduce Christianity to the Hawaiian Islands)
Hiram Bingham I
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Listed In: Priests
Birthdate: 30th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bennington, Vermont, United States
Died: November 11, 1869

Hiram Bingham I was an American missionary who led the first group of American missionaries in an attempt to spread Christianity in the Hawaiian islands. An important figure in the history of Hawaii, Bingham continues to be revered in the US state. Punahou School, which is located in Honolulu, has a math building named in his honor.

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Carl Gustav Carus
(German Painter and Physiologist Who Created the Concept of the Vertebrate Archetype.)
Carl Gustav Carus
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Listed In: Physiologists
Birthdate: 3rd January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: July 28, 1869

Carl Gustav Carus was a German painter and physiologist. He is best remembered for creating the concept of the vertebrate archetype. A man of many talents, Carl Gustav Carus was a renowned naturalist, psychologist, scientist, and doctor.

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Richard Bright
(Physician)
Richard Bright
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Birthdate: 28th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: December 16, 1858
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Horace Vernet
(Painter)
Horace Vernet
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 30th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 17, 1863
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Richard Oastler
(British Industrial Reformer)
Richard Oastler
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Listed In: Social Reformers
Birthdate: 20th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Died: August 22, 1861

Nicknamed the Factory King, Richard Oastler was a prominent English social reformer who is known for his relentless campaign for shortening work hours, eventually leading to the 1847 Ten Hours Act. While in prison for opposing the Poor Law Amendment Act, he penned Fleet Papers, a collection of his social theories.

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William Turner of Oxford
(Painter who specialised in watercolour landscapes)
William Turner of Oxford
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Birthdate: 29th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oxfordshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 7, 1862

British landscape painter William Turner of Oxford is often mistaken for the famous painter J. M. W. Turner, who was also from England. Turner was a lifelong member of the Watercolor Society, founded by his mentor John Varley. Oxford from Hinksey Hill remains one of his best-known works.

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John Ramsay McCulloch
(Economist)
John Ramsay McCulloch
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Birthdate: 1st March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Whithorn, Scotland
Died: November 11, 1864

Scottish economist and statistician John Ramsay McCulloch was one of the main promoters of the principles of British economist David Ricardo. He also wrote for The Edinburgh Review and co-established and edited The Scotsman. Once a University College, London professor, he was also known for his works on economic history.

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William Cranch Bond
(American Astronomer)
William Cranch Bond
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Listed In: Astronomers
Birthdate: 9th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Falmouth, Maine, United States
Died: January 29, 1859

Born to a clockmaker father, William Cranch Bond made his first clock at 15 and then took over his father’s William Bond Clock Shop. Watching a solar eclipse pushed him into astronomy, and he ended up discovering Hyperion, the eighth moon of Saturn. He was also the Harvard Observatory’s first director.

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William Christopher Zeise
(Danish Organic Chemist Known for Synthesising 'Zeise's Salt' and Discovering 'Xanthates')
William Christopher Zeise
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 15th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Slagelse, Denmark
Died: November 12, 1847

Danish organic chemist William Christopher Zeise initially aspired to study medicine but later switched to chemistry. He prepared one of the world’s first organometallic compounds, Zeise’s salt, and conducted pathbreaking research in the field of organosulfur chemistry. His achievements got him knighted by the Danish monarch.

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Benjamin Lundy
(American Quaker Abolitionist)
Benjamin Lundy
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Listed In: Publishers
Birthdate: 4th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hardwick Township, New Jersey, United States
Died: August 22, 1839

Born into a Quaker household, Benjamin Lundy had developed anti-slavery sentiments quite early in life. He grew up to become one of the leading abolitionists of the 19th century. He also launched papers such as The National Enquirer and the anti-slavery association Union Humane Society.

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Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel
(Princess)
Princess Louise Caroline of Hesse-Kassel
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Birthdate: 28th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gottorp, Schleswig, Duchy of Schleswig
Died: March 13, 1867
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Thomas Pringle
(First Successful English Language Poet and Author to Describe South Africa’s Scenery, Native Peoples, and Living Conditions)
Thomas Pringle
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 5th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: December 5, 1834

Thomas Pringle was a Scottish poet, writer, and abolitionist. He became the first English language author and poet to describe South Africa's living conditions, native peoples, and scenery for which he is often referred to as the father of South African poetry. Thomas Pringle is also remembered for his association with the Anti-Slavery Society where he served as the secretary.

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Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
(Poet, Writer)
Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
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Birthdate: 1st September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clonmel
Died: June 4, 1849
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Cesare Balbo
(Writer)
Cesare Balbo
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 21st November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: June 3, 1853
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Elijah Johnson
(Colonial agent)
Elijah Johnson
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Liberia
Died: April 3, 1849
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Wolf Heinrich Graf von Baudissin
(German Writer, Diplomat, and Translator)
Wolf Heinrich Graf von Baudissin
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Listed In: Diplomats
Birthdate: 30th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: April 4, 1878
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James Bowie
(Botanist)
James Bowie
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Listed In: Botanists
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: London, England
Died: 1869 AD

English botanist James Bowie was not just associated with the Kew Gardens but also traveled as far to Brazil and the Cape Province for collecting botanical specimens. Most of his preserved specimens now find a place at the British Museum. The genera Bowiea and Bowiesia were named in his honor.

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Thomas Ignatius Maria Forster
(Astronomer, Naturalist, Physician)
Thomas Ignatius Maria Forster
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Birthdate: 9th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 2, 1860
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Nicolas-Charles Bochsa
(Harpist)
Nicolas-Charles Bochsa
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 9th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montmédy, France
Died: January 6, 1856
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Silvio Pellico
(Italian author)
Silvio Pellico
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 24th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saluzzo, Italy
Died: January 31, 1854
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Levi Woodbury
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court)
Levi Woodbury
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 22nd December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Francestown, New Hampshire, United States
Died: September 4, 1851
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Jared Sparks
(Historian)
Jared Sparks
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Birthdate: 10th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Willington, Connecticut
Died: March 14, 1866
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Maria Isabella of Spain
Maria Isabella of Spain
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Birthdate: 6th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died: September 13, 1848
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Pierre Chouteau, Jr.
(Merchant)
Pierre Chouteau, Jr.
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Birthdate: 19th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: September 6, 1865
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Bernhard Severin Ingemann
(Novelist)
Bernhard Severin Ingemann
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 28th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Falster, Denmark
Died: February 24, 1862
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Johann Friedrich Overbeck
(Painter)
Johann Friedrich Overbeck
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Birthdate: 3rd July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lübeck, Germany
Died: November 12, 1869
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William Scoresby
(Explorer)
William Scoresby
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Listed In: Explorers
Birthdate: 5th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cropton, Yorkshire, England
Died: March 21, 1857
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William Fairbairn
(Scottish Civil Engineer, Structural Engineer and Shipbuilder)
William Fairbairn
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: 19th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kelso, Scotland
Died: August 18, 1874

William Fairbairn is remembered for his pioneering use of wrought iron for building bridges, ship hulls, and beams. Apart from inventing the Lancashire boiler, he also served as the president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. He also introduced proper and systematic investigations of the collapse of structures.

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Eaton Hodgkinson
(Engineer)
Eaton Hodgkinson
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: 26th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: England
Died: June 18, 1861
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Manuel de Mier y Terán
(Mexican Military and Political Figure Who Played an Important Role in the 'Mexican War of Independence')
Manuel de Mier y Terán
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 18th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mexico City
Died: July 3, 1832

Manuel de Mier y Terán was a Mexican military and political figure who played an important role during the famous Mexican War of Independence. He is also remembered for his service as the sixth Minister of War and Marine in 1824. He committed suicide at the age of 43 due to despair over the country's political situation and health problems.

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Heinrich Schwabe
(German Astronomer Who Discovered That Sunspots Vary in Number in a Cycle of About 10 Years)
Heinrich Schwabe
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Listed In: Astronomers
Birthdate: 25th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dessau, Germany
Died: April 11, 1875

Initially an apothecary, Heinrich Schwabe later gained fame as an astronomer and studied sunspots. He was also the first to draw Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. He was made a Foreign Member of the Royal Society and also won the Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society.

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Catharine Maria Sedgwick
(Writer)
Catharine Maria Sedgwick
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 28th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stockbridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 31, 1867
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József Hild
(Hungarian-German Architect Who Built Many Iconic Structures in Pest)
József Hild
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Birthdate: 8th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pest, Budapest, Hungary
Died: March 6, 1867

Hungarian-German architect József Hild was a major figure of neoclassical architecture of his time. Born to a Bohemian architect, he studied architecture under Charles Moreau and then went to Italy for further training. He later worked as the city architect of Pest, building structures such as the Lloyd Palace.

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Nikolay Turgenev
(Economist)
Nikolay Turgenev
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Birthdate: 23rd October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ulyanovsk, Russia
Died: November 10, 1871

Best remembered as a co-founder of the Northern Society of the Decembrist revolution, Russian economist and revolutionary Nikolay Turgenev was inspired by the French Revolution in his youth. He opposed serfdom and penned various books such as Experience of the Theory of Taxation and Russia and the Russians.

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Henry Stephen Kemble
(Actor)
Henry Stephen Kemble
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Listed In: Actors
Birthdate: 15th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 22, 1836
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Agustín Durán
(Scholar)
Agustín Durán
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Birthdate: 14th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain
Died: December 1, 1862
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Francis Rawdon Chesney
(Explorer)
Francis Rawdon Chesney
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 16th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Annalong, Northern Ireland
Died: January 30, 1872