Famous People Born In 1791

Discover the most famous people born in 1791. The list includes people like James Buchanan, Charles Babbage, Michael Faraday, Samuel Morse, Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include composers, artists, political leaders and physicists born in 1791. This list includes people from England, United States, Austria and many more countries.
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Michael Faraday
(English Scientist Who Contributed to the Study of Electromagnetism and Electrochemistry)
Michael Faraday
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 22nd September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newington Butts, London, United Kingdom
Died: August 5, 1867

Michael Faraday was an English scientist known for his contribution to the study of electrochemistry and electromagnetism. Considered one of the most influential scientists ever, Faraday's inventions of electromagnetic rotary devices established the basis for electric motor technology. His research also helped understand the concept of the electromagnetic field. Ernest Rutherford called him one of the greatest scientific discoverers ever.

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Charles Babbage
(Father of the computer)
Charles Babbage
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 26th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 18, 1871
Charles Babbage, or the “father of the computer,” invented the prototype of the world’s first mechanical calculator, the Difference Engine. With the help of mathematician Ada Lovelace, he also created the Analytical Engine, the first general-purpose computer and a precursor of the modern computer, with its looping and sequential mechanism.
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James Buchanan
(15th President of the United States)
James Buchanan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 23rd April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cove Gap, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 1, 1868

James Buchanan was a prominent American lawyer who served as the 15th president of the United States. He is often criticized for failing to address the issue of slavery and is consistently ranked among America's worst presidents. His life and work inspired the 2019 film Raising Buchanan in which he was played by René Auberjonois.

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Samuel Morse
(Inventor of Morse Code, Painter)
Samuel Morse
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Birthdate: 27th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Charlestown, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 2, 1872
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Anne Lister
(English Diarist)
Anne Lister
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 3rd April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
Died: September 22, 1840

Apart from being a traveler and a mountaineer, Anne Lister was also known as the world’s "first modern lesbian". Nicknamed Gentleman Jack for her androgynous fashion, which almost always included the color black, she penned diaries that contained many secret codes that were deciphered much after her death.

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Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma
(Former Duchess of Parma, Piacenza and Guastalla (1814 - 1847))
Marie Louise, Duchess of Parma
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Birthdate: 12th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 17, 1847

Marie Louise was an Austrian archduchess who reigned as Duchess of Parma from 1814 until her death. The eldest child of Emperor Francis II of Austria and his second wife, Maria Theresa, she grew up during a tumultuous period in the history of Austria. She was married to Napoleon I from 1810 to 1821. She died of pleurisy in 1847.  

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Peter Cooper
(Industrialist & Inventors)
Peter Cooper
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Birthdate: 12th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: April 4, 1883
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Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart
(Pianist, Composer, Conductor, and the Youngest Son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart)
Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 26th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: July 29, 1844

Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart was the youngest son of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Constanze. He followed in the footsteps of his father and went on to become a pianist, composer, conductor, and teacher. However, unlike his father, Franz Xaver Wolfgang Mozart was introverted and often underrated his talent. He also had a constant fear of being compared to his father.

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Carl Czerny
(Austrian Pianist and Composer Known for His Pedagogical Works for the Piano)
Carl Czerny
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 21st February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: July 15, 1857

Carl Czerny was an Austrian composer, pianist, and teacher of Czech origin.  Born into a musical family, he started playing the piano as a toddler and began composing at the age of seven. He was prolific in his music production and composed over a thousand works, with his music spanning the late Classical and early Romantic eras.  

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Hari Singh Nalwa
(Commander-in-Chief of the 'Sikh Khalsa Fauj', The Army of the Sikh Empire)
Hari Singh Nalwa
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Gujranwala, Pakistan
Died: April 30, 1837

Sikh warrior Hari Singh Nalwa was one of the most feared army commanders of India and is remembered for his multiple battles against the Afghans. Part of Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s army, he had also been the governor of Kashmir, Hazara, and Peshawar. He died during the Battle of Jamrud.

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Minh Mang
(Emperor)
Minh Mang
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 25th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gia Định, Việt Nam
Died: January 20, 1841
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Robert Knox
(Military physician)
Robert Knox
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Birthdate: 4th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: December 20, 1862
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Francesco Hayez
(Painter)
Francesco Hayez
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 10th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Venice, Italy
Died: February 12, 1882
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Franz Grillparzer
(Austrian Dramatist and Poet Known for Plays Such as 'Der Traum', 'ein Leben' and 'Spartacus')
Franz Grillparzer
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 15th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 21, 1872

Franz Grillparzer had a tough life, with his father dying in debt and his mother having committed suicide. He studied law and then worked as a government clerk before discovering his passion for writing. Known for his tragedies such as Sappho, he became one of the finest Austrian dramatists ever.

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Alexandros Mavrokordatos
(Statesman)
Alexandros Mavrokordatos
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Birthdate: 11th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Constantinople, Turkey
Died: August 18, 1865

Alexandros Mavrokordatos was a Greek statesman, politician, diplomat, and member of the famous Mavrocordatos family of Phanariotes. He served as the President of the Provisional Administration of Greece from 1822 to 1823. An influential politician, who played a key role during the Greek Revolution, Mavrokordatos also served as the Prime Minister of Greece on four occasions between 1833 and 1855.

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John Elliotson
(Physician, University teacher)
John Elliotson
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Birthdate: 29th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Southwark
Died: July 29, 1868
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Franz Bopp
(Linguist)
Franz Bopp
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Listed In: Linguists
Birthdate: 14th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany
Died: October 23, 1867
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Thomas Edward Bowdich
(Traveler)
Thomas Edward Bowdich
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Listed In: Historians
Birthdate: 20th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: January 10, 1824
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Ferdinand Hérold
(Composer)
Ferdinand Hérold
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 28th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 19, 1833
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Robert Young Hayne
(Politician)
Robert Young Hayne
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 10th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Colleton, South Carolina, United States
Died: September 24, 1839
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Giacomo Meyerbeer
(Opera composer)
Giacomo Meyerbeer
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 5th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 2, 1864
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George Pollard, Jr.
(Sailor)
George Pollard, Jr.
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Listed In: Sailors
Birthdate: 18th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nantucket, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 7, 1870
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Lydia Sigourney
(Author)
Lydia Sigourney
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 1st September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Norwich, Connecticut, United States
Died: June 10, 1865
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Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli
(Poet)
Giuseppe Gioacchino Belli
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 7th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: December 21, 1863
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Felix Savart
Felix Savart
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Listed In: Physicists
Birthdate: 30th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charleville-Mézières
Died: March 16, 1841
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Charles Wolfe
(Poet)
Charles Wolfe
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 14th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kildare, Ireland
Died: February 21, 1823
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Francis P. Blair
(Journalist)
Francis P. Blair
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Birthdate: 12th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Abingdon, Virginia, United States
Died: October 18, 1876
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Christian Charles Josias von Bunsen
(German Scholar and Diplomat)
Christian Charles Josias von Bunsen
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Listed In: Diplomats
Birthdate: 25th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Korbach, Germany
Died: November 28, 1860
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Johan Ludvig Heiberg
(Poet)
Johan Ludvig Heiberg
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Birthdate: 14th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: August 25, 1860

Danish author Johan Ludvig Heiberg was one of the most prominent figures of the Danish Romantic school. He was also a pioneer of Hegelianism and vaudeville in Denmark. Om Vaudevillen remains one of his best-known works. He also taught Danish at the University of Kiel. His satirical works, however, made him unpopular.

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Émile Deschamps
(Poet)
Émile Deschamps
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 20th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bourges, France
Died: April 23, 1871
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Louis Visconti
(French Architect and Designer)
Louis Visconti
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Listed In: Designers
Birthdate: 11th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rome, Italy
Died: December 29, 1853

Born to famous Italian architect Ennio Quirino Visconti, Louis Visconti studied architecture in Paris. He later became one of the chief architects of the Louvre. However, his best-known creation was Napoleon’s tomb at Les Invalides. He was one of the proponents of the Second Empire style.

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Ang Chan II
(King of Cambodia (1806 - 1834))
Ang Chan II
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand
Died: November 30, 1834

The son of Cambodian king Ang Eng, Ang Chan II, also known as Udaraja III, was recognized as a king by the Thais. He maintained good relations with both Vietnam and Siam, so that peace could be maintained in Cambodia. Following his death, both Vietnam and Siam took over control of Cambodia.

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Duff Green
(Teacher)
Duff Green
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 15th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Woodford County, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 10, 1875
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József Katona
(Hungarian Playwright and Poet)
József Katona
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 11th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kecskemét, Hungary
Died: April 16, 1830

Though a qualified lawyer, József Katona later gained fame as one of Hungary’s most renowned playwrights. His historical tragedy Bánk bán, which was his entry for a contest, was chiefly ignored, and this made him turn to law and work as an attorney general. The tragedy eventually gained popularity after his death.  

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Anna Claypoole Peale
(Painter)
Anna Claypoole Peale
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 6th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: December 25, 1878
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Thomas Goff Lupton
(Engraver)
Thomas Goff Lupton
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 3rd September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 18, 1873
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Francisco Acuña de Figueroa
(Poet)
Francisco Acuña de Figueroa
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 3rd September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: October 6, 1862

Uruguayan poet Francisco Acuña de Figueroa is remembered for his iconic poems such as Salve Multiforme. He also penned the national anthems of both Uruguay and Paraguay. He had succeeded his father as the state treasurer and had headed the Public Library and Museum as its director.

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Marie Collings
(Dame of Sark (1852–1853))
Marie Collings
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Guernsey
Died: 1853 AD
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Charles Fitzgerald
(Governor of Western Australia)
Charles Fitzgerald
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Kilkee, County Clare, Ireland
Died: December 29, 1887
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John Howard Payne
(Actor)
John Howard Payne
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Birthdate: 9th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: April 10, 1852
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Théodore Géricault
(Painter)
Théodore Géricault
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 26th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: January 26, 1824
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William Reid
(Governor of the Bermudas (1839–1846))
William Reid
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 25th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kinglassie, Fife, Scotland
Died: October 31, 1858
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Élisa Garnerin
(Skydiver)
Élisa Garnerin
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: 1853 AD
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Eugène Scribe
(French dramatist)
Eugène Scribe
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Listed In: Playwrights
Birthdate: 24th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 20, 1861
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Sergey Aksakov
(Autobiographer)
Sergey Aksakov
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1st October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ufa, Russia
Died: May 12, 1859
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George Ticknor
(Literary scholar)
George Ticknor
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Birthdate: 1st August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 26, 1871
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Archibald McLean
(Lawyer, Judge)
Archibald McLean
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 5th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: South Stormont, Canada
Died: October 24, 1865
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Henryk Dembiński
(Engineer)
Henryk Dembiński
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: 16th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Strzałków, Poland
Died: July 13, 1864
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Jean Cruveilhier
(Anatomist)
Jean Cruveilhier
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Listed In: Pathologists
Birthdate: 9th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Limoges, France
Died: March 10, 1874
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Master Betty
(Child actor)
Master Betty
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Listed In: Child Actors
Birthdate: 13th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Shrewsbury, England
Died: August 24, 1874