Famous People Born In 1808

Discover the most famous people born in 1808. The list includes people like Andrew Johnson, Jefferson Davis, Salmon P. Chase, Antonio Meucci, Caroline Chisholm and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, journalists, spiritual & religious leaders and lawyers born in 1808. This list includes people from United States, France, United Kingdom & Germany and many more countries.
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Napoleon III
(President of France from 1848 to 1852 and Emperor of the French from 1852 to 1870)
Napoleon III
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Birthdate: 20th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: January 9, 1873
Napoleon III, nephew of Napoleon Bonaparte, was the first president of France, from 1848 to 1852, and the French emperor from 1852 to 1870. He rebuilt Paris and other French cities, apart from reforming the French banks, railways, and marines. He lost the Franco-Prussian War and eventually died in exile.
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Andrew Johnson
(17th President of the United States)
Andrew Johnson
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Birthdate: 29th December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Died: July 31, 1875

The 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson assumed the presidency while serving as the vice president when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Born in poverty, Andrew Johnson did not attend school. However, he worked his way up to become a prominent politician—an inspiring story indeed!

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Jefferson Davis
(Former President of the Confederate States (1862 - 1865))
Jefferson Davis
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Birthdate: 3rd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fairview, Kentucky, United States
Died: December 6, 1889

Jefferson Davis was the president of the Confederate States of America from 1861 to 1865. He was also the U.S. secretary of war and had fought in the Mexican–American War earlier. He was against secession. He wrote an autobiography named The Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government.

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Antonio Meucci
(Inventor of voice-communication apparatus)
Antonio Meucci
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 13th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence
Died: October 18, 1889
Italian inventor Antonio Meucci was born into poverty and had to work part-time as a gate-keeper to support his studies. While working as a stage technician, he invented a pipe telephone. He later invented an electromagnetic telephone-like device, credited by many as the world’s first telephone. 
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Thomas Cook
(Businessman)
Thomas Cook
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Birthdate: 22nd November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne, Derbyshire, England
Died: July 18, 1892
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Salmon P. Chase
(Sixth Chief Justice of the United States)
Salmon P. Chase
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 13th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: sixth Chief Justice of the United States
Died: May 7, 1873
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Caroline Chisholm
(Immigrant Welfare Activist)
Caroline Chisholm
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 30th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wootton, Northampton, England
Died: March 25, 1877

Caroline Chisholm was an English humanitarian remembered for her work in British India where she established the Female School of Industry for the Daughters of European Soldiers which aimed at educating girls, who were taught reading, writing, nursing, cooking, and housekeeping. She also became a much-admired woman in Australia where she placed more than 11,000 people in jobs and homes.

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Princess Ludovika of Bavaria
(Aristocrat)
Princess Ludovika of Bavaria
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Birthdate: 30th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: January 25, 1892
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Caroline Norton
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 22nd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London
Died: June 15, 1877

Being the granddaughter of playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan, author Caroline Norton had her first experience at writing in her teens. Her beauty and charm, however, made her failed barrister husband jealous. The rift in their marriage caused her to successfully campaign for married women’s right to property and their children’s custody.

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Mindon Min
(King of Myanmar)
Mindon Min
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 8th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Amarapura, Myanmar
Died: October 1, 1878
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Washakie
(American Saints)
Washakie
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Listed In: Saints
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: United States
Died: February 20, 1900

Washakie was an influential leader of the Shoshone people, a Native American tribe. He was recognized as the head of the Eastern Shoshones for a major part of his life by the representatives of the US government. He was inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners in 1979.

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Maria Malibran
(Spanish Mezzo-Soprano Who Was the Daughter of Tenor Manuel García)
Maria Malibran
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 24th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 23, 1836

The daughter of actor and soprano Joaquina Sitches and tenor Manuel García, Spanish mezzo-soprano Maria Malibran was 8 when she debuted on stage with her father. She gained immense fame as Rosina in The Barber of Seville. She died after falling from a horse soon after marriage to violinist Charles de Bériot.

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David Strauss
(German Theologian)
David Strauss
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Listed In: Theologians
Birthdate: 27th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ludwigsburg, Germany
Died: February 8, 1874

Protestant theologian David Strauss was 12 when he joined a seminary to study theology. Known for his works such as Das Leben Jesu, or The Life of Jesus Critically Examined, he criticized the Gospels and the miracles associated with Christ, thus inspiring future studies on the historical Jesus.

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Eston Hemings
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Birthdate: 21st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Monticello, Virginia, United States
Died: January 3, 1856
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Princess Marie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
(Princess)
Princess Marie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
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Birthdate: 3rd February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Weimar, Germany
Died: January 18, 1877
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Emir Abdelkader
(Military Leader)
Emir Abdelkader
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 6th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: El Guettana, Algeria
Died: May 26, 1883
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Princess Louise of Prussia
(Princess)
Princess Louise of Prussia
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Birthdate: 1st February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Königsberg, Prussian
Died: December 6, 1870
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James Nasmyth
(Astronomer, Engineer)
James Nasmyth
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Listed In: Astronomers
Birthdate: 19th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: May 7, 1890
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Henry Edward Manning
(British cardinal)
Henry Edward Manning
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Listed In: Priests
Birthdate: 15th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Totteridge, England
Died: January 14, 1892
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José de Espronceda y Delgado
(Poet)
José de Espronceda y Delgado
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Birthdate: 25th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Almendralejo, Spain
Died: May 23, 1842

Remembered as the "Spanish Lord Byron," Romantic poet José de Espronceda y Delgado became famous for his affair with Teresa Mancha. Initially imprisoned in a monastery for his revolutionary activities, he fled Spain and later lived in England and France. El estudiante de Salamanca remains one of his notable works.

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Horatius Bonar
(Scottish Poet and Priest)
Horatius Bonar
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 19th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: July 31, 1889

Horatius Bonar was a Scottish poet and churchman. In addition to being a highly popular and voluminous author, Bonar also played a major role in the development of the Church of Scotland. Also a prodigious hymnodist, Horatius Bonar wrote several hymns that became popular throughout the English-speaking world. 

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William Lindley
(English Engineer Who Together with His Sons Designed Water and Sewerage Systems)
William Lindley
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Listed In: Civil Engineers
Birthdate: 7th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: May 22, 1900

British engineer William Lindley is remembered for his contribution toward the renovation of the city of Hanover in Germany, rebuilding everything from gas works to public baths, after a devastating fire that destroyed the city for 3 days. He also designed the sewerage systems of several European cities, such as Frankfurt.

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John Scott Russell
(Scottish Civil Engineer, Naval Architect and Shipbuilder Best Known for Researches in Ship Design)
John Scott Russell
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Listed In: Civil Engineers
Birthdate: 9th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Parkhead, Glasgow, Scotland
Died: June 8, 1882

Glasgow-born civil engineer John Scott Russell is best remembered for his contribution to naval architecture. He was the first to build a naval battleship entirely made of iron, the HMS Warrior. His written works include the 3-volume The Modern System of Naval Architecture. He also discovered Russell's solitary wave.

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Frances Dana Barker Gage
(American Reformer, Feminist and Abolitionist)
Frances Dana Barker Gage
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 12th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marietta, Ohio, United States
Died: November 10, 1884

Known for her involvement in various anti-slavery and women’s empowerment campaigns, Frances Dana Barker Gage was a prominent American social reformer. She was also associated with the farmers’ papers Ohio Cultivator and Field Notes. She also worked toward achieving women’s voting rights and property rights.

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Henrik Wergeland
(Norwegian Writer and Journalist Known as a Pioneer of Norwegian Literature)
Henrik Wergeland
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 17th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kristiansand, Norway
Died: July 12, 1845

Known for redefining Norwegian poetry, Henrik Wergeland is known for his iconic works such as Creation, Humanity, and Messiah and Jan van Huysum’s Flowerpiece. He fought for the constitutional rights of Jews and became a symbol of Norwegian independence, in spite of his early death at 37.

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Elias Parish Alvars
(Composer)
Elias Parish Alvars
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 28th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Devon, England
Died: January 25, 1849
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Michael William Balfe
(Irish Composer)
Michael William Balfe
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 15th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: October 20, 1870
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James Frederick Ferrier
(Scottish Metaphysical Writer and Philosopher)
James Frederick Ferrier
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Listed In: Philosophers
Birthdate: 16th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: June 11, 1864

James Frederick Ferrier was a Scottish metaphysical philosopher, writer, and professor. He is best remembered for authoring a series of articles titled An Introduction to the Philosophy of Consciousness, which were published in Blackwood's Magazine. As an educator, James Frederick Ferrier taught at several prestigious institutions like Edinburgh University and the University of St Andrews.

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Johann Gustav Droysen
(German Historian)
Johann Gustav Droysen
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Listed In: Historians
Birthdate: 6th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Trzebiatów, Poland
Died: June 19, 1884

Johann Gustav Droysen was a German historian. His work pertaining to Alexander the Great was the first work that represented a new school of German thought that introduced the great man theory. Johann Gustav Droysen's book, History of Alexander the Great, remained the best work on the king of Macedonia for a long time.

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Hugh McCulloch
(Fianancier)
Hugh McCulloch
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 7th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kennebunk, Maine, United States
Died: May 24, 1895
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Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly
(French Novelist and Short Story Writer)
Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 2nd November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Sauveur-le-Vicomte, Normandy, France
Died: April 23, 1889

Known for his masterpieces such as Le Chevalier des Touches and Les Diaboliques, French author Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly was also famous for his outrageous dress sense in spite of his poverty. He specialized in writing dark mystery tales. He had also been a critic at Le Constitutionnel.

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Raja Ali Haji
(Historian)
Raja Ali Haji
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Selangor, Malaysia
Died: 1873 AD
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Frederick VII of Denmark
(King)
Frederick VII of Denmark
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 6th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: November 15, 1863
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Everhardus Johannes Potgieter
(Dutch Prose Writer and Poet)
Everhardus Johannes Potgieter
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 27th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zwolle, Netherlands
Died: February 3, 1875

Everhardus Johannes Potgieter was a Dutch poet and prose writer. Along with Bakhuizen van den Brink and Heije, Potgieter is credited with founding a literary review called De Muzen, which soon became a leading monthly magazine called De Gids. Potgieter went on to become a role model of the golden age of the Netherlanders during the 16th and 17th centuries. 

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Placide Cappeau
(Poet)
Placide Cappeau
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 25th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Roquemaure, France
Died: August 8, 1877
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Elisha K. Root
(Machinist)
Elisha K. Root
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Listed In: Inventors
Birthdate: 5th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ludlow, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 1, 1865
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Urbano Rattazzi
(Former Prime Minister of Italy)
Urbano Rattazzi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 29th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alessandria, Italy
Died: June 5, 1873

Urbano Rattazzi was an Italian statesman and one of Italy's founding fathers. Rattazzi held several prominent cabinet positions including that of prime minister in the early years of the Italian Republic. Urbano Rattazzi's ambiguous policies were opposed by Giuseppe Garibaldi which brought about his eventual downfall.

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John Edgar Thomson
(American Civil Engineer and Industrialist)
John Edgar Thomson
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Listed In: Civil Engineers
Birthdate: 10th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Springfield Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 27, 1874

John Edgar Thomson was an American industrialist and civil engineer best remembered for his headship of the Pennsylvania Railroad from 1852 to 1874. Thomson is credited with making the railroad the world's largest business enterprise and a fine model for managerial and technological innovation. In 1975, he was made an inductee of the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame.

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Lysander Spooner
(American Lawyer, Journalist, Essayist and Philosopher)
Lysander Spooner
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 19th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Athol, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 14, 1887
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William Strong
(Jurist)
William Strong
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 6th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Somers, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 19, 1895
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Honoré Daumier
(French Painter and Sculptor Known for His Cartoons and Drawings Satirizing 19th-Century French Politics and Society)
Honoré Daumier
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Birthdate: 26th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marseille, France
Died: February 10, 1879

Honoré Daumier is best remembered for his satirical cartoons on the French society and politics. Born to a glazier father in Marseille, he later began studying art under Alexandre Lenoir and developed a love for sculptures, too. He later made a fortune, working on commissions of lithographs.

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Johann Kaspar Bluntschli
(Swiss Politician and Jurist)
Johann Kaspar Bluntschli
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Birthdate: 7th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: October 21, 1881
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Somdet Chaophraya Sri Suriwongse
(Ruler)
Somdet Chaophraya Sri Suriwongse
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 23rd December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Siam
Died: January 19, 1883
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Abraham Mapu
(Novelist)
Abraham Mapu
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Listed In: Novelists
Birthdate: 28th December
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: 1867 AD
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Patrice de MacMahon
(Former President of France)
Patrice de MacMahon
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 13th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Château de Sully, Sully, France
Died: October 17, 1893

Son of Irish immigrants in France, Patrice de Mac-Mahon was a distinguished military general before he became the president of France. His military victory at Magenta earned him the title of the Duke of Magenta. His presidency witnessed the formation of the 1875 constitutional laws and the Third Republic.

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Frederik Stang
(Lawyer)
Frederik Stang
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 4th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Stokke, Norway
Died: June 8, 1884
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Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
(Critic)
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
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Birthdate: 24th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 29, 1890
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Macgregor Laird
(Explorer)
Macgregor Laird
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Listed In: Explorers
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Greenock, Scotland
Died: January 9, 1861
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Hamilton Fish
(Politician)
Hamilton Fish
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Birthdate: 3rd August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: September 7, 1893
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Carl Spitzweg
(Painter)
Carl Spitzweg
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Birthdate: 5th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Germering, Germany
Died: September 23, 1885