Famous People Born In 1816

Discover the most famous people born in 1816. The list includes people like Alexander Hamilton Jr., Werner von Siemens, Jung Bahadur Rana, Edward Hargraves, Charlotte Bronte and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include military leaders, political leaders, lawyers and novelists born in 1816. This list includes people from United States, Germany, England and many more countries.
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Charlotte Bronte
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 21st April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Thornton, Yorkshire, England
Died: March 31, 1855
Charlotte Bronte, remembered for her iconic novel Jane Eyre, was one of the most significant literary figures of the 19th century. She was the eldest of the Bronte sisters who survived into adulthood. She and her sisters Emily and Anne wrote under the pseudonyms Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell.
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Werner von Siemens
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Birthdate: 13th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gehrden
Died: December 6, 1892

German electrical engineer Werner von Siemens is remembered as a pioneer of the telegraph industry. The founder of Siemens also inspired the name to the SI unit of electrical conductance. He was part of the Prussian army and had begun his chemistry experiments while in prison for a minor crime.

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Carl Zeiss
(Scientific instrument maker)
Carl Zeiss
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Birthdate: 11th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Weimar
Died: December 3, 1888
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Jubal Early
(Lawyer)
Jubal Early
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 3rd November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Franklin County, Virginia, United States
Died: March 2, 1894
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George H. Thomas
(Army Officer)
George H. Thomas
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 31st July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Newsoms, Virginia, United States
Died: March 28, 1870
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Montgomery C. Meigs
(United States Army Officer and Civil Engineer)
Montgomery C. Meigs
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: 3rd May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Augusta, Georgia, United States
Died: January 2, 1892

Montgomery C. Meigs was an American civil engineer and US Army officer who played an important role during and after the Civil War, serving as Quartermaster General of the US Army. His work as Quartermaster General is widely regarded as an important factor in the Union victory in the Civil War. Meigs is also credited with masterminding Arlington National Cemetery.    

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Nathaniel P. Banks
(Politician)
Nathaniel P. Banks
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 30th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 1, 1894
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Maria Theresa of Austria
(Queen)
Maria Theresa of Austria
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 31st July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: August 8, 1867

Maria Theresa of Austria was the Queen of the Two Sicilies by virtue of her marriage to King Ferdinand II. The daughter of Archduke Charles and Princess Henrietta, she wasn’t liked by the Sicilian court and spent most of her time inside her room with her children, absorbed in needlework.

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William Sterndale Bennett
(Composer)
William Sterndale Bennett
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 13th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Died: February 1, 1875
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Ferdinand II of Portugal
(Prince)
Ferdinand II of Portugal
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 29th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Palais Coburg, Vienna, Austria
Died: December 15, 1885
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Stephen Johnson Field
(Judge)
Stephen Johnson Field
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Listed In: Judges
Birthdate: 4th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Haddam, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 9, 1899
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Stephen Allen Benson
(Politician)
Stephen Allen Benson
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Birthdate: 21st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, Maryland, United States
Died: January 24, 1865
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Charles Frédéric Gerhardt
(French chemist)
Charles Frédéric Gerhardt
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Listed In: Chemists
Birthdate: 21st August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: August 19, 1856

Charles Frédéric Gerhardt was a French chemist. He developed an early interest in chemistry and studied the subject under German chemist Otto Linné Erdmann. He later went to Paris and attended Jean Baptiste Dumas’ lectures before embarking on an academic career. He is best known for his work on reforming the notation for chemical formulas. 

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Alfred Rethel
(Painter)
Alfred Rethel
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Birthdate: 15th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Aachen, Germany
Died: December 1, 1859
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Gustav Freytag
(German Novelist and Playwright)
Gustav Freytag
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 13th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kluczbork, Poland
Died: April 30, 1895

Gustav Freytag was a German playwright and novelist best remembered for his 1852 comedy The Journalists which is regarded as one of the 19th century's best German comedies. It is still counted among the most successful German comedies of all time. A respected playwright, Freytag is credited with developing a dramatic structure called Freytag's pyramid which is widely used today.

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Emanuel Leutze
(Painter best known for his 1851 painting Washington Crossing the Delaware)
Emanuel Leutze
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 24th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany
Died: July 18, 1868
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Paul Reuter
(Entrepreneur)
Paul Reuter
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Birthdate: 21st July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kassel, Germany
Died: February 25, 1899
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John Frederick Kensett
(Painter)
John Frederick Kensett
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Birthdate: 22nd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cheshire, Connecticut, United States
Died: December 14, 1872
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Edward Hargraves
(Gold Prospector)
Edward Hargraves
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Birthdate: 7th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gosport, Hampshire
Died: October 29, 1891
Edward Hargraves was the first person to claim he found a huge resource of gold in Australia in 1851, starting the Australian gold rush. He was rewarded by the government for discovering Ophir, the goldfield in New South Wales. Later investigations proved he wasn’t the first to find the field.
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Ion Ghica
(Former Prime Minister of Romania)
Ion Ghica
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 12th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: May 7, 1897

Ion Ghica was a Romanian mathematician, statesman, politician, and diplomat. He is best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Romania. Ion Ghica is also remembered for his association with Academia Mihăileană, where he served as a professor of mineralogy, geology, and political economy.

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Macon Bolling Allen
(First African-American lawyer and Justice of the Peace)
Macon Bolling Allen
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 4th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Indiana, United States
Died: October 15, 1894
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Ekaterine Dadiani, Princess of Mingrelia
(Princess)
Ekaterine Dadiani, Princess of Mingrelia
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Birthdate: 19th March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: August 13, 1882
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Lydia Moss Bradley
(Philanthropist)
Lydia Moss Bradley
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 31st July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vevay, Indiana, United States
Died: January 16, 1908
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Leonilla Bariatinskaya
(Aristocrat)
Leonilla Bariatinskaya
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 9th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: February 1, 1918

Leonilla Bariatinskaya was a Russian aristocrat. Born to Prince Ivan Ivanovich Bariatinsky, Leonilla belonged to one of the most influential families in Russia. Renowned for her beauty, Leonilla Bariatinskaya served as the subject of several portraits by popular painter Franz Xaver Winterhalter.

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Josephine Louise Newcomb
(Philanthropist)
Josephine Louise Newcomb
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Listed In: Philanthropists
Birthdate: 31st October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland, United States
Died: April 7, 1901
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Frederick William Robertson
(British Clergyman and Theologian)
Frederick William Robertson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 3rd February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 15, 1853

Frederick William Robertson, also known as Robertson of Brighton, was a 19th-century Anglican clergyman. Born to an army captain, he initially wished to serve in the military. His sermons dismissed the theological ideas existing back then and focused on the reform concepts of the 1848 Revolution instead.

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Charles Thomas Newton
(Archaeologist)
Charles Thomas Newton
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Listed In: Archaeologists
Birthdate: 16th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bredwardine, England
Died: November 28, 1894
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Ram Singh Kuka
(Philosopher)
Ram Singh Kuka
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Listed In: Philosophers
Birthdate: 3rd February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bhaini, India
Died: January 18, 1872
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Sir William Bowman, 1st Baronet
(Surgeon)
Sir William Bowman, 1st Baronet
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Listed In: Surgeons
Birthdate: 20th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nantwich, England
Died: March 29, 1892
 30 
Grace Aguilar
(British Novelist, Poet and Writer Best Known for Her Numerous Sentimental Novels of Domestic Life)
Grace Aguilar
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 2nd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 16, 1847

Grace Aguilar was raised in a closed Jewish circle and wasn’t allowed to mingle much outside her family. In spite of the regulations, she grew up to educate people about Jewish culture and history and later penned the iconic domestic novels Home Influence and its sequel, The Mother's Recompense.

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Morrison Waite
(Chief Justice)
Morrison Waite
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 29th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lyme, Connecticut, United States
Died: March 23, 1888
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Charles-Eugène Delaunay
(French Astronomer and Mathematician Whose Theory of Lunar Motion Advanced the Development of Planetary-Motion Theories)
Charles-Eugène Delaunay
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 9th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lusigny-sur-Barse, France
Died: August 5, 1872

Charles-Eugène Delaunay was a French mathematician and astronomer, known for his theory of lunar motion, explained in two volumes of La Théorie du mouvement de la lune.  A prolific writer, he wrote several other books, which contributed to the development of planetary-motion theories, functional analysis and computer algebra. In his last years, he served as the director of Paris Observatory.

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Rudolf Wolf
(Swiss Astronomer and Mathematician Best Known for His Research on 'Sunspots')
Rudolf Wolf
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 7th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Fallenden, Switzerland
Died: December 6, 1893

Swiss astronomer Rudolf Wolf initially taught math and physics at the University of Bern and later switched to teaching astronomy. He then joined both the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich. Best remembered for his studies on sunspot activity, he established what are now known as Wolf’s sunspot numbers.

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Kawatake Mokuami
(Dramatist)
Kawatake Mokuami
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Listed In: Playwrights
Birthdate: 1st March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: January 22, 1893
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Sir John Brown
(Industrialist)
Sir John Brown
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Birthdate: 6th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sheffield, England
Died: December 27, 1896
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Rudolf von Gneist
(Jurist)
Rudolf von Gneist
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 13th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: July 22, 1895
 37 
Anne Ayres
(American Episcopal Nun and Founder of the First Episcopalian Religious Order for Women)
Anne Ayres
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Listed In: Saints
Birthdate: 3rd January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 9, 1886

Cofounder and the First Sister of the Sisterhood of the Holy Communion, Anne Ayres was initiated into religious life by William Augustus Muhlenberg. She later took up many charity works, eventually working with Muhlenberg to direct both housekeeping and nursing work at St. Luke's hospital and open St. Johnland. Also an established author, she had several books to her credit

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William Gull
(Physician)
William Gull
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Birthdate: 31st December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Colchester, England
Died: January 29, 1890
 39 
Christen Mikkelsen Kold
(Educator)
Christen Mikkelsen Kold
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Listed In: Educators
Birthdate: 29th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jutland, Denmark
Died: April 6, 1870
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Fidelia Fisk
(American Congregationalist Missionary and Teacher)
Fidelia Fisk
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Listed In: Preachers
Birthdate: 1st May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Shelburne, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 9, 1864

Fidelia Fisk was a noted American missionary to Persia (Iran), who championed the cause of women’s education and health in Urmia, Iran. Initially a teacher, she had later moved to Iran to be part of the Nestorian Christians. However, she eventually went back to the U.S. with failing health.

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Samuel Freeman Miller
(Jurist)
Samuel Freeman Miller
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 5th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Richmond, Kentucky, United States
Died: October 13, 1890
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Russell Sage
(Financier)
Russell Sage
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 4th August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Verona, New York, United States
Died: July 22, 1906
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Marcus Jacob Monrad
(Philosopher)
Marcus Jacob Monrad
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 19th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nøtterøy, Norway
Died: December 30, 1897

Marcus Jacob Monrad was a 19th-century Norwegian philosopher. He graduated as Candidatus theologiæ in 1840 and later became a professor at the Royal Frederick University. In a long academic career spanning four decades, he published three textbooks that became extremely popular. He took an active part in contemporary debates and was an influential personality.   

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Arthur de Gobineau
(French Aristocrat & Writer Best Known for Helping to Legitimise 'Racism' by the Use of Scientific Racist Theory)
Arthur de Gobineau
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 14th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ville-d'Avray, France
Died: October 13, 1882

Arthur de Gobineau was a French aristocrat best remembered for his efforts to legitimize racism. He cited scientific racist theory as legitimate evidence in an attempt to coerce people into believing that the Aryan race is superior. He was also known as a novelist, travel writer, and diplomat among his contemporaries. 

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Augustus Egg
(Artist)
Augustus Egg
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 2nd May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 26, 1863
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Dmitry Milyutin
(Minister of War)
Dmitry Milyutin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 28th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: February 7, 1912
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Giovanni Morelli
(Italian Art Critic Whose Methods of Direct Study Established the Foundation of Subsequent Art Criticism)
Giovanni Morelli
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Listed In: Art Critics
Birthdate: 25th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: February 28, 1891

Born to Swiss parents in Italy, Giovanni Morelli later studied medicine in Switzerland and Germany, but never practiced. A connoisseur of arts, he established himself as an art historian and collector. He also dabbled in politics and passed an act forbidding the sale of artwork from public or religious institutions.

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Enele Maʻafu
(Former Tongan Prince and a Fijian chief)
Enele Maʻafu
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Tongatapu, Tonga
Died: February 6, 1881
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Philip James Bailey
(Poet)
Philip James Bailey
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 22nd April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nottingham, England
Died: September 6, 1902
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Ebenezer R. Hoar
(Attorney General)
Ebenezer R. Hoar
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 21st February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 31, 1895