Famous People Born In 1817

Discover the most famous people born in 1817. The list includes people like Henry David Thoreau, Debendranath Tagore, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, George A. Smith, Syed Ahmad Khan and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include philosophers, artists, poets and judges born in 1817. This list includes people from England, United States, India and many more countries.
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Henry David Thoreau
(Naturalist, Philosopher & Author Of 'Walden')
Henry David Thoreau
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 12th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 6, 1862

Henry David Thoreau was an American philosopher, essayist, poet, and naturalist. He is credited with popularizing transcendentalism and simple living. His philosophy of civil disobedience, which was detailed in his essay of the same name, later influenced world-renowned personalities like Leo Tolstoy, Martin Luther King Jr., and Mahatma Gandhi.

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Sir Syed Ahmad Khan
(Indian Islamic Reformer and Educationist Who Founded the ‘Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College’, the First Muslim University in Southern Asia)
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan
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Birthdate: 17th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Delhi, India
Died: March 27, 1898
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was the founder of the Aligarh Muslim University. He is accredited as the father of Two-Nation Theory and is regarded as the originator of Muslim nationalism in India. A proponent of freedom of speech and democratic ideals, he propelled social and educational reforms.
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Braxton Bragg
(Military Leader)
Braxton Bragg
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: 22nd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Warrenton, North Carolina, United States
Died: September 27, 1876
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Jung Bahadur Rana
(8th Prime Minister of Nepal)
Jung Bahadur Rana
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Birthdate: 18th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Borlang, Nepal
Died: February 25, 1877

Jung Bahadur Rana is credited with founding the famous Rana dynasty in Nepal. One of the most prominent figures in the history of Nepal, Rana took control of the government of Nepal in 1846 and became the country's prime minister. The last few days of his life inspired the 2015 Nepali historical film, Seto Bagh.

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William III of the Netherlands
(Former King of the Netherlands (1849 - 1890))
William III of the Netherlands
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 19th February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: November 23, 1890

William III of the Netherlands was the king of the Netherlands for four decades from 1849 to 1890. The son of King William II and Anna Pavlovna of Russia, he ascended to the throne after the death of his father. The king’s behavior was often erratic, and it is speculated he suffered from a mental disorder.

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Ivan Aivazovsky
(Painter)
Ivan Aivazovsky
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Birthdate: 29th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Feodosia, Russia
Died: May 2, 1900

Remembered for his awe-inspiring marine art, Russian painter Ivan Aivazovsky was the son of an Armenian merchant. His 60-year career had seen him produce around 6,000 works, most of which were seascapes. He had been the Russian navy’s official painter and inspired Anton Chekhov’s phrase worthy of Aivazovsky’s brush.

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Richard Dadd
(Painter, Illustrator)
Richard Dadd
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 1st August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chatham
Died: January 7, 1886
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Branwell Brontë
(Painter, Poet, Writer)
Branwell Brontë
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 26th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yorkshire
Died: September 24, 1848
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Debendranath Tagore
(Philosopher)
Debendranath Tagore
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Listed In: Philosophers
Birthdate: 15th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kolkata
Died: January 19, 1905
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Louise of Hesse-Kassel
(Queen Consort of Denmark from 1863 to 1898)
Louise of Hesse-Kassel
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Birthdate: 7th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kassel, Electorate of Hesse, German Confederation
Died: September 29, 1898

Louise of Hesse-Kassel was the Queen consort of Denmark from 1863 until her demise in 1898. Although she did not take an active part in state affairs, Louise's intelligence, psychological strength, and judgment were of prime importance as King Christian IX was dependent on these qualities of his wife. She also supported 26 different charitable organizations during her reign.

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George Frederic Watts
(British Painter and Sculptor Known for His Contribution and Influence on the Symbolist Movement)
George Frederic Watts
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Birthdate: 23rd February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marylebone, Middlesex, England
Died: July 1, 1904

George Frederic Watts was a British painter best remembered for his association with the Symbolist movement. Watts achieved fame for his allegorical works like Love and Life and Hope. In addition to being a painter, George Frederic Watts was also a sculptor. He is credited with sculpting the famous Physical Energy statue at Rhodes Memorial in South Africa.

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Joseph Dalton Hooker
(British Botanist, Explorer and Founder of Geographical Botany)
Joseph Dalton Hooker
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 30th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Halesworth, Suffolk, England
Died: December 10, 1911

British botanist Joseph Dalton Hooker is remembered as one of Charles Darwin’s greatest supporters. The man who is known as the pioneer of geographical botany, Hooker followed in the footsteps of his botanist father. The Copley Medal winner is also known for his iconic work Genera Plantarum.

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Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
(One of the Most Important 19th-Century Russian Historical Dramatist)
Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 5th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: October 10, 1875

Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy was the second cousin of Leo Tolstoy and a gifted poet, playwright, novelist, and satirist, who often made use of historical themes. His iconic trilogy of historical dramas, consisting of The Death of Ivan the Terrible, Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich, and Tsar Boris, was widely acclaimed.

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George Henry Lewes
(Philosopher)
George Henry Lewes
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Birthdate: 18th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 30, 1878
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Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville
(French Bookseller, Printer, and Inventor)
Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville
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Birthdate: 25th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris
Died: April 26, 1879
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Mihail Kogălniceanu
(Prime Minister of Romania (1863 - 1865))
Mihail Kogălniceanu
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 6th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Iași, Romania
Died: July 1, 1891

Mihail Kogălniceanu was a Romanian statesman, historian, lawyer, and publicist. He is best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Romania from 11 October 1863 to 26 January 1865. He was also a two-time Foreign Affairs Minister and four-time Internal Affairs Minister of Romania. Mihail Kogălniceanu was also one of the most influential intellectuals of his generation.

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Theodor Mommsen
(German Historian and Writer Famous for His Masterpiece 'Römische Geschichte')
Theodor Mommsen
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Birthdate: 30th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Garding, Germany
Died: November 1, 1903

One of the most influential 19th-century classicists, Theodor Mommsen donned many hats and was at the same time a historian, a philologist, a legal scholar, and an archaeologist. His legendary A History of Rome won him a Nobel Prize in Literature. He had also fathered 16 children.

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Niels Gade
(Danish Violinist, Composer, Conductor, Organist, and Teacher)
Niels Gade
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 22nd February
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: December 21, 1890
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Nikoloz Baratashvili
(Poet)
Nikoloz Baratashvili
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 4th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tbilisi, Georgia
Died: October 21, 1845
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Mary Ann Bickerdyke
(Hospital Administrator for Union Soldiers During the American Civil War)
Mary Ann Bickerdyke
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Listed In: Nurses
Birthdate: 19th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Knox County, Ohio, United States
Died: November 8, 1901

Mary Ann Bickerdyke was an American medical worker who played an important role during the American Civil War, serving as a hospital administrator for Union soldiers. She is also credited with setting up 300 field hospitals during the war. A lifelong advocate for veterans, Mary Bickerdyke also served as a lawyer and assisted veterans to obtain pensions after the war.

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Sir John Fowler, 1st Baronet
(British Civil Engineer Who Helped Design and Build the Underground London Metropolitan Railway)
Sir John Fowler, 1st Baronet
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Listed In: Civil Engineers
Birthdate: 15th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wadsley, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: November 20, 1898

Civil engineer Sir John Fowler, 1st Baronet is best remembered for constructing the London Metropolitan Railway and for co-constructing Scotland’s Forth Bridge. He had also worked in Egypt and was the youngest to serve as the president of the Institution of Civil Engineers. His works also included locomotives and hydro-electric schemes.

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Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
(Duke)
Adolphe, Grand Duke of Luxembourg
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Birthdate: 24th July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Biebrich Palace, Wiesbaden, Germany
Died: November 17, 1905
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Shimazu Hisamitsu
(Samurai)
Shimazu Hisamitsu
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 28th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kagoshima Castle, Kagoshima, Japan
Died: December 6, 1887
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Albert von Kölliker
(Anatomist)
Albert von Kölliker
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Listed In: Physiologists
Birthdate: 6th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: November 2, 1905
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Theodor Storm
(Author)
Theodor Storm
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 14th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Husum, Germany
Died: July 4, 1888
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Fanny Cerrito
(Ballet Dancer)
Fanny Cerrito
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: 11th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: May 6, 1909
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János Arany
(Hungarian Poet Best Known for His Epic Poem 'Toldi' Trilogy)
János Arany
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Listed In: Poets
Birthdate: 2nd March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Salonta, Romania
Died: October 22, 1882

Hungarian poet Janos Arany is regarded by many as the Shakespeare of ballads. Best known for his iconic epic poem Toldi, which was part of a trilogy, he had also been associated with the Hungarian Academy. He had initially been part of the Hungarian Revolution and later also taught for a while.

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Rudolf Hermann Lotze
(Philosopher)
Rudolf Hermann Lotze
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Listed In: Philosophers
Birthdate: 21st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bautzen, Germany
Died: July 1, 1881
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Heinrich Graetz
(Historian)
Heinrich Graetz
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Listed In: Historians
Birthdate: 31st October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Poznań, Poland
Died: September 7, 1891
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Herman Haupt
(American Civil Engineer and Railroad Construction Engineer Known for His Work on the 'Hoosac Tunnel' in Massachusetts)
Herman Haupt
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Listed In: Civil Engineers
Birthdate: 26th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: December 14, 1905

Civil and railroad engineer Herman Haupt is best remembered for constructing the Hoosac Tunnel in Massachusetts. After losing his father at 12, he worked part-time to pay for his education and later joined the Military Academy. One of his best-known works is General Theory of Bridge Construction.

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Maximilian de Beauharnais, 3rd Duke of Leuchtenberg
(Duke of Leuchtenberg (28 March 1835 – 1 November 1852))
Maximilian de Beauharnais, 3rd Duke of Leuchtenberg
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1st November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: November 1, 1852
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Alexander Tilloch Galt
(Politician)
Alexander Tilloch Galt
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Birthdate: 6th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chelsea,London, England
Died: September 19, 1893
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Christian Johansson
(Russian Ballet Dancer and Choreographer)
Christian Johansson
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: 1st June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: December 12, 1903

Christian Johansson was a ballet teacher and choreographer. He is best remembered for working at the Imperial Russian Ballet where he served as a ballet master. Johansson is widely regarded as one of the most prominent teachers in the history of Russian ballet. Christian Johansson is credited with influencing a generation of ballet dancers.

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Joseph Henry Gilbert
(Chemist)
Joseph Henry Gilbert
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Listed In: Chemists
Birthdate: 1st August
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull, England
Died: December 23, 1901
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John Bigelow
(Diplomat)
John Bigelow
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 25th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Malden-on-Hudson, Saugerties, New York, United States
Died: December 19, 1911
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John Callcott Horsley
(Painter)
John Callcott Horsley
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Birthdate: 29th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 18, 1903
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C. H. D. Buys Ballot
(Chemist)
C. H. D. Buys Ballot
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 10th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kloetinge, Netherlands
Died: February 3, 1890
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James Thomas Fields
(Publisher)
James Thomas Fields
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Birthdate: 31st December
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States
Died: April 24, 1881
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Ramón de Campoamor y Campoosorio
(Poet)
Ramón de Campoamor y Campoosorio
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 24th September
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Navia, Spain
Died: February 11, 1901
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George Henry Corliss
(American Mechanical Engineer and Inventor, Who Developed the 'Corliss Steam Engine')
George Henry Corliss
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Birthdate: 2nd June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Easton, New York, United States
Died: February 21, 1888

Inventor George Henry Corliss is remembered for developing the Corliss steam engine, thus introducing innovative features, such as the Corliss valve, to the existing steam engine models. Initially a general store owner, he had also developed various new types of sewing machines, before diverting his focus to steam engines.

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John Thadeus Delane
(Journalist)
John Thadeus Delane
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Birthdate: 11th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 22, 1879
 42 
Alfred Francis Russell
(Politician)
Alfred Francis Russell
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 25th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Died: April 4, 1884
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Samuel Ringgold Ward
(Author)
Samuel Ringgold Ward
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 17th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maryland, United States
Died: 1866 AD
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Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria-Este
(Princess)
Archduchess Maria Theresa of Austria-Este
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Listed In: Noblewomen
Birthdate: 14th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: March 25, 1886
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Archduke Stephen of Austria
(Last Palatine of Hungary, serving from 1847 to 1848)
Archduke Stephen of Austria
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Listed In: Noblemen
Birthdate: 14th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buda, Hungary
Died: February 19, 1867
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Konstantin Sergeyevich Aksakov
(Critic)
Konstantin Sergeyevich Aksakov
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Birthdate: 10th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aksakovo, Russia
Died: December 7, 1860
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Giovanni Dupré
(Italian Sculptor)
Giovanni Dupré
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Listed In: Sculptors
Birthdate: 1st March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Siena, Italy
Died: January 10, 1882

Giovanni Dupré was a 19th-century Italian sculptor considered one of the best of his era. He began his career working in his father’s workshop. In his early career, he also created many fakes of Renaissance sculptures. He earned much respect over the years and took many pupils. His daughter Amalia followed in his footsteps.   

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George A. Smith
(Political leader)
George A. Smith
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 26th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Potsdam, New York
Died: September 1, 1875

George A. Smith was one of the first leaders of the Latter Day Saint movement which was founded by Joseph Smith. He played an important role in Zion's Camp, which aimed at helping members of the church in Missouri. George A. Smith also played a key role in the events leading up to the infamous Mountain Meadows Massacre in 1857.

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Lothar von Faber
(Entrepreneur)
Lothar von Faber
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Birthdate: 12th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stein, Germany
Died: July 26, 1896
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Archduchess Hermine of Austria
(Archduchess of Austria (1817-1842))
Archduchess Hermine of Austria
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Listed In: Noblewomen
Birthdate: 14th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: February 13, 1842