Famous People Born In 1802

Discover the most famous people born in 1802. The list includes people like Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Dorothea Dix, Niels Henrik Abel, Gideon Welles and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, mathematicians, educators and journalists born in 1802. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France and many more countries.
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Victor Hugo
(French Writer of the Romantic Movement Best Known for His Novel 'Les Misérables' and Play 'Ruy Blas')
Victor Hugo
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 26th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Besançon, Doubs, France
Died: May 22, 1885

Victor Hugo was a French poet, dramatist, and novelist of the Romantic movement. Regarded as one of the best-known and greatest French writers of all time, Victor Hugo wrote abundantly during his career that spanned over six decades. Thanks to his works, such as Hernani and Cromwell, Victor Hugo was one of the leading figures of the Romantic literary movement.

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Alexandre Dumas
(One of the Most Popular and Widely Read French Authors of the 19th Century)
Alexandre Dumas
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 24th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Villers-Cotterêts, France
Died: December 5, 1870

One of the most widely read French authors of all time, Alexandre Dumas was prolific in several genres. He joined the army as a young man and later became a full-time writer. Starting his writing career as a playwright, he moved on to writing novels. His novels have been adapted into nearly 200 films in the past century.

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Dorothea Dix
(Social Reformer)
Dorothea Dix
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Listed In: Social Reformers
Birthdate: 4th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Maine, US
Died: July 17, 1887

Dorothea Dix was an American advocate who fought for the welfare of the mentally ill. She helped create the first generation of mental asylums in the United States. Dix also played a key role during the Civil War, serving as a Superintendent of Army Nurses. In 1979, Dorothea Dix was made an inductee of the National Women's Hall of Fame.

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Niels Henrik Abel
(Mathematician)
Niels Henrik Abel
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Listed In: Mathematicians
Birthdate: 5th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Finnøy
Died: April 6, 1829

Born to a pastor, Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel first showcased his mathematical skills in his cathedral school and later became a pioneer of various mathematical concepts. He died of tuberculosis, amid poverty, before he could learn that he had been appointed to teach at the University of Berlin.

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Lajos Kossuth
(Governor-President of the Kingdom of Hungary (April 1849 - August 1849))
Lajos Kossuth
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 19th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Monok, Hungary
Died: March 20, 1894

Born into a noble family, Lajos Kossuth grew up to be one of his country’s greatest political reformers. He initially followed in his father’s footsteps to become a lawyer and later entered national politics to become the governor-president of Hungary. He is remembered for his role in the Hungarian Revolution.

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Harriet Martineau
(First Female Sociologist)
Harriet Martineau
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Listed In: Sociologists
Birthdate: 12th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Died: June 27, 1876

Regarded by many as the first female sociologist, Harriet Martineau was a prominent 19th-century social theorist, classical economist, and intellectual who penned the iconic work The Positive Philosophy of Auguste Comte. She was partially deaf and had lost her sense of taste and smell in childhood.

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Elijah Parish Lovejoy
(Journalist)
Elijah Parish Lovejoy
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Birthdate: 9th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Albion, Maine, United States
Died: November 7, 1837
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Charles Wheatstone
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 6th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barnwood, Gloucestershire, England, United Kingdom
Died: October 19, 1875
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Gideon Welles
(24th United States Secretary of the Navy)
Gideon Welles
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Birthdate: 1st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Glastonbury, Connecticut, United States
Died: February 11, 1878
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Miguel of Portugal
(King of Portugal between 1828 and 1834)
Miguel of Portugal
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 26th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: November 14, 1866
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Napoleon Charles Bonaparte
(Son of Louis Bonaparte)
Napoleon Charles Bonaparte
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Listed In: Family Members
Birthdate: 10th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 5, 1807
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Elias Lönnrot
(Physician)
Elias Lönnrot
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Listed In: Philologists
Birthdate: 9th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sammatti, Finland
Died: March 19, 1884
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David Hunter
(Military officer)
David Hunter
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 21st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: February 2, 1886
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Edwin Landseer
(English Painter and Sculptor Known for His Paintings of Animals Particularly Horses, Dogs, and Stags)
Edwin Landseer
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Birthdate: 7th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 1, 1873

Edwin Landseer was an English sculptor and painter best remembered for incorporating animals as subjects in his works. Landseer is credited with sculpting the famous lion sculptures that form a part of the base of Nelson's Column in the City of Westminster, Central London.

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Charles Auguste de Bériot
(Belgian Violinist and Composer Known for Establishing a Particular Performance Style That Combined Classical Elegance with Technical Virtuosity)
Charles Auguste de Bériot
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 20th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Leuven, Belgium
Died: April 8, 1870

Charles Auguste de Bériot was a Belgian artist, violinist, and composer. De Bériot composed a significant volume of violin music which includes 10 concertos. His Romantic style of composition and pioneering violin technique make him an ideal teacher for any violin student. His pedagogical compositions are still being taught to violin students all over the world. 

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Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
(Clockmaker)
Phineas Parkhurst Quimby
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Birthdate: 16th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lebanon, New Hampshire, United States
Died: January 16, 1866
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Ignacy Domeyko
(Geologist)
Ignacy Domeyko
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 31st July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nesvizh
Died: January 23, 1889

Ignacy Domeyko was a Polish geologist, educator, and mineralogist. He is credited with founding one of Chile's oldest public universities, the University of Santiago, Chile (Usach). After the Polish–Russian War 1830–31, he settled in Chile where he made significant contributions to the study of Chile's geology, geography, and mineralogy. Ignacy Domeyko’s observations helped shape Chile's labor movement.

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Sara Coleridge
(Author)
Sara Coleridge
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 23rd December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cumberland, England
Died: May 3, 1852
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Calvin Ellis Stowe
(Biblical scholar)
Calvin Ellis Stowe
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 6th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Natick, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 22, 1886
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Hugh Miller
(Geologist)
Hugh Miller
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Listed In: Geologists
Birthdate: 10th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cromarty, Scotland
Died: December 24, 1856
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Catharine Parr Traill
(Canadian Author and Naturalist)
Catharine Parr Traill
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 9th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Southwark, England
Died: August 29, 1899

Catharine Parr Traill moved from England to Canada after her marriage and soon became one of the greatest authors of children’s and settlers’ literature of her time. Her writings reflected the charm of the Canadian countryside. Her letters to her mother in England were collated in The Backwoods of Canada.

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Sir Alexander Cockburn, 12th Baronet
(Jurist)
Sir Alexander Cockburn, 12th Baronet
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 24th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Transylvania, Romania
Died: November 28, 1880
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Alcide d'Orbigny
(French Paleontologist Known for His Pathbreaking Exploration of South American Natural History)
Alcide d'Orbigny
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Birthdate: 6th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Coueron, France
Died: June 30, 1857

Alcide d'Orbigny is regarded as the founder of micropaleontology. The French paleontologist traveled for 8 years throughout South America, exploring its natural history and geology. His study of marine fossils, sedimentary rocks, and pollen was accompanied by his iconic written work Paléontologie française. He supported the theory of catastrophism.

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Louis-Eugène Cavaignac
(General)
Louis-Eugène Cavaignac
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 15th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 28, 1857
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Paul-Émile Botta
(Italian-Born French Archaeologist Who Discovered the Ruins of the Assyrian Capital of 'Dur-Sharrukin')
Paul-Émile Botta
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Birthdate: 6th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: March 29, 1870

The son of a renowned Italian historian, Italian-born French archaeologist Paul-Émile Botta was chosen as a consul at Mosul, modern-day Iraq. While he initially excavated relics of Assyrian king Sargon II's palace, he later mistakenly believed he had discovered Nineveh. One shipment of the antiquities he unearthed was sunk in transit.

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Mary Frances Clarke
(Irish Nun Who Founded the Catholic Order of the 'Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary')
Mary Frances Clarke
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 15th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: December 4, 1887

Best remembered for establishing the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Irish nun Mary Frances Clarke made significant contributions to the spread of education in America. While she initially worked for her father’s leather business, she changed her mind after nursing people during a cholera epidemic.

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Dominic Corrigan
(Physician)
Dominic Corrigan
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Birthdate: 2nd December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: February 1, 1880
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Marcus Whitman
(Physician)
Marcus Whitman
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Birthdate: 4th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rushville, New York, United States
Died: November 29, 1847
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Prince Franz de Paula of Liechtenstein
(Prince of Liechtenstein)
Prince Franz de Paula of Liechtenstein
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Birthdate: 25th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: March 31, 1887
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John Ella
(Violinist)
John Ella
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Birthdate: 19th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Thirsk
Died: October 2, 1888
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Archduke Franz Karl of Austria
(Archduke of Austria)
Archduke Franz Karl of Austria
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Birthdate: 17th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: March 8, 1878

Archduke Franz Karl of Austria is best remembered as the father of Maximilian I of Mexico and Franz Joseph I of Austria who served as the emperors of the Second Mexican Empire and Austria respectively. Karl is also remembered as the grandfather of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria whose murder is considered the most immediate cause of World War I.

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Wilhelm Hauff
(Poet, Novelist)
Wilhelm Hauff
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 29th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
Died: November 18, 1827
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Magnus Brostrup Landstad
(Norwegian Priest and Poet)
Magnus Brostrup Landstad
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 7th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Norway
Died: October 8, 1880

Magnus Brostrup Landstad was a Norwegian poet, parish priest, and hymn writer. He is credited with publishing the first collection of Norwegian traditional ballads in 1853. He is remembered for incorporating contemporary Norwegian language into his hymns, which contributed greatly to Norwegian romantic nationalism. His most prominent hymnal Landstads kirkesalmebog was used by the Church of Norway for many years.

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Mark Hopkins
(Theologian, Educator)
Mark Hopkins
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Listed In: Educators
Birthdate: 4th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: June 17, 1887
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Letitia Elizabeth Landon
(Poet)
Letitia Elizabeth Landon
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 14th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, England
Died: October 15, 1838
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Alexander Kasimovich Kazembek
(Orientalist)
Alexander Kasimovich Kazembek
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Birthdate: 22nd June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rasht, Iran
Died: November 27, 1870
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Alessandro Poerio
(Poet)
Alessandro Poerio
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 27th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: November 3, 1848
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Mercy Ruggles Bisbe Jackson
(Physician)
Mercy Ruggles Bisbe Jackson
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Birthdate: 17th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hardwick, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 13, 1877
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Nicholas Wiseman
(British Cardinal and the First Archbishop of Westminster)
Nicholas Wiseman
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Listed In: Priests
Birthdate: 3rd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seville, Spain
Died: February 15, 1865

Remembered as one of the most significant figures behind the revival of Catholicism in the 19th century, Nicholas Wiseman was the first archbishop of Westminster. He was born to Irish immigrants in Spain and initially worked as a language professor. He also penned the iconic works Horae Syriacae and Fabiola.

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Richard Upjohn
(Architect)
Richard Upjohn
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Birthdate: 22nd January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Shaftsbury, England
Died: August 16, 1878
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Lord George Bentinck
(Politician)
Lord George Bentinck
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Birthdate: 27th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Welbeck Abbey, England
Died: September 21, 1848
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Nikolaus Lenau
(Austrian Poet)
Nikolaus Lenau
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 13th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lenauheim, Romania
Died: August 22, 1850

Nikolaus Lenau’s works depicted the pessimism and gloom that surrounded him throughout his life. He had started but not completed studies in medicine, law, and philosophy. He is remembered for his signature melancholy lyrical verse found in works such as Gedichte. His final years were plagued by mental illnesses.

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Germain Henri Hess
(Swiss-Russian Chemist Who Formulated Hess’s Law)
Germain Henri Hess
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Listed In: Chemists
Birthdate: 7th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: December 30, 1850

Initially a physician, Germain Henri Hess later focused on chemistry and eventually came up with the Hess's law of thermochemistry. The Swiss-born scientist had grown up and conducted his research in Russia, where his artist father worked. His book Fundamentals of Pure Chemistry was a staple text in Russia for years.

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Jean-Baptiste Henri-Dominique Lacordaire
(Journalist)
Jean-Baptiste Henri-Dominique Lacordaire
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 12th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: France
Died: November 21, 1861
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Thomas Davenport
(American inventor)
Thomas Davenport
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 9th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Williamstown, Vermont, United States
Died: July 6, 1851
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Constantin Guys
(Painter)
Constantin Guys
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Birthdate: 3rd December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vlissingen, Netherlands
Died: March 13, 1892
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Charles Pelham Villiers
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Birthdate: 3rd January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
Died: January 16, 1898
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William Le Lacheur
(Guernsey sea captain who played an important role in the economic and spiritual development of Costa Rica.)
William Le Lacheur
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Listed In: Sailors
Birthdate: 15th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guernsey
Died: June 27, 1863
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Friedrich Adolf Trendelenburg
(Philosopher)
Friedrich Adolf Trendelenburg
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Birthdate: 30th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Eutin, Germany
Died: January 24, 1872
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Lydia Maria Child
(Novelist, Poet, Journalist, Writer)
Lydia Maria Child
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Birthdate: 11th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Medford
Died: October 20, 1880