Famous People Born In 1826

Discover the most famous people born in 1826. The list includes people like George B. McClellan, Stephen Foster, Bernhard Riemann, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Carlo Collodi and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include military leaders, political leaders, journalists and emperors & kings born in 1826. This list includes people from United States, England, Italy & Germany and many more countries.
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Stephen Foster
(Composer known as the Father of American music)
Stephen Foster
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 4th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 13, 1864
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Bernhard Riemann
(Mathematician)
Bernhard Riemann
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Listed In: Mathematicians
Birthdate: 17th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Breselenz
Died: July 20, 1866

Bernhard Riemann was a German mathematician best remembered for his contributions to number theory, analysis, and differential geometry. His paper on the prime-counting function, which was published in 1859, is considered one of the most influential papers in the history of analytic number theory. Riemann is widely regarded as one of the greatest mathematicians ever.

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Julia Grant
(U.S. First Lady)
Julia Grant
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Listed In: First Ladies
Birthdate: 26th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: December 14, 1902
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Carlo Collodi
(Italian Author and Journalist Known for His Fairy Tale Novel 'The Adventures of Pinocchio')
Carlo Collodi
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 24th November
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: October 26, 1890

Carlo Collodi was an Italian journalist, author, and humorist. He is best remembered for his popular children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio. The novel and its title character Pinocchio achieved international recognition when Disney adapted it into an animated musical fantasy film titled Pinocchio; the film went on to become one of the greatest films ever produced by Disney.

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Gustave Moreau
(French Symbolist Painter Known for His Erotic Paintings of Mythological and Religious Subjects)
Gustave Moreau
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Birthdate: 6th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 18, 1898

French Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau is best remembered for his erotic paintings of mythological and religious figures. His works were deeply influenced by Théodore Chassériau, his teacher, and later by the Italian Renaissance. The Apparition and Jupiter and Sémélé remain two of his best-known works.

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Walter Bagehot
(English Journalist, Businessman, and Essayist)
Walter Bagehot
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 3rd February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Died: March 24, 1877

Born to Stuckey's Bank MD Walter Bagehot was initially part of his father’s shipping and banking business. He later became the editor-in-chief of The Economist and married the publication’s founder James Wilson’s daughter. He penned path-breaking works such as Lombard Street and The English Constitution and co-established National Review.

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Cetshwayo
(King)
Cetshwayo
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Eshowe, Zulu Kingdom
Died: February 8, 1884
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Matilda Joslyn Gage
(Abolitionist, Freethinker, Author)
Matilda Joslyn Gage
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 24th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cicero
Died: March 18, 1898
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Léon Minkus
(Former composer of ballet music, a violin virtuoso and teacher)
Léon Minkus
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 23rd March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 7, 1917
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Frederic Edwin Church
(Painter)
Frederic Edwin Church
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Listed In: Artists
Birthdate: 4th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hartford
Died: April 7, 1900
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Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin
(Novelist)
Mikhail Saltykov-Shchedrin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 27th January
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Spas-Ugol, Russia
Died: May 10, 1889
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William Mahone
(Former United States Senator from Virginia (1881 - 1887))
William Mahone
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: 1st December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Southampton County, Virginia, United States
Died: October 8, 1895

Engineer William Mahone wasn’t just a railway tycoon associated with the Norfolk–Petersburg Railroad but was also part of the Confederate Army. He was one of the major leaders of Virginia’s Readjusters, a coalition of African-Americans and financially backward whites. The US senator later sided with the Republican Party.

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Richard Christopher Carrington
(Astronomer)
Richard Christopher Carrington
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Listed In: Astronomers
Birthdate: 26th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, United Kingdom
Died: November 27, 1875
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George Johnstone Stoney
(Physicist)
George Johnstone Stoney
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Listed In: Physicists
Birthdate: 15th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: County Offaly
Died: July 5, 1911

Irish physicist George Johnstone Stoney made important contributions in the areas of cosmic physics and the theory of gases. Most significant scientific work of Stoney was the conception and calculation of the magnitude of the atom or particle of electricity. He is noted for introducing the term electron to elucidate the fundamental unit of electrical charge.

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Christopher Columbus Langdell
(Educator)
Christopher Columbus Langdell
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Listed In: Educators
Birthdate: 22nd May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Boston, New Hampshire, United States
Died: July 6, 1906
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Laura Keene
(Actress)
Laura Keene
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Listed In: Actresses
Birthdate: 20th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 4, 1873
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Tom Sayers
(Boxer)
Tom Sayers
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Listed In: Boxers
Birthdate: 25th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brighton, England
Died: November 8, 1865
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Potter Palmer
(Businessman)
Potter Palmer
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Listed In: Retailers
Birthdate: 20th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Albany County, New York, United States
Died: May 4, 1902
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Adolf Bastian
(German Polymath Best Known for His Contributions to the Progression of Ethnography)
Adolf Bastian
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Birthdate: 26th June
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bremen, Germany
Died: February 2, 1905

Adolf Bastian was a German polymath best known for his contributions to the progression of ethnography. He is also credited with making immense contributions to the progression of anthropology as a discipline. Bastian's theory of the Elementargedanke led to Carl Jung's theory of archetypes. Adolf Bastian's work also had a great impact on Franz Boas and Joseph Campbell.

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Ebenezer Butterick
(Manufacturer)
Ebenezer Butterick
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Birthdate: 29th May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sterling, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 31, 1903
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Stanislao Cannizzaro
(Italian Chemist)
Stanislao Cannizzaro
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Listed In: Chemists
Birthdate: 13th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
Died: May 10, 1910
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Henri Mouhot
(French Naturalist Who Explored Angkor and Informed the Western World about It)
Henri Mouhot
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Listed In: Explorers
Birthdate: 15th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Montbéliard, Doubs, France
Died: November 10, 1861

French naturalist and explorer Henri Mouhot started his career as a professor of philology and travelled throughout Europe. With the help of British academic societies, he went on a mission to Indochina. He is best known for informing the Western world of the ruins of Angkor.

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Zénobe Gramme
(Belgian Electrical Engineer Who Invented the Gramme Machine)
Zénobe Gramme
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Birthdate: 4th April
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amay, Belgium
Died: January 20, 1901

Belgian electrical engineer Zénobe Gramme is remembered for inventing the Gramme machine. While he initially worked in an electrical industry factory in Paris, he later collaborated with French engineer Hippolyte Fontaine, to work on his dynamo model. His invention made use of much higher voltages than the standard dynamos back then.

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Lafayette C. Baker
(American Detective and Spy Who Served the Union Army during the 'American Civil War')
Lafayette C. Baker
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Listed In: Spies
Birthdate: 13th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stafford, New York, United States
Died: July 3, 1868

American detective Lafayette C. Baker who served the Union Army during the American Civil War, is also remembered for his espionage activities. He apparently spied on the Confederate Army for General Winfield Scott. However, in spite of heading the Union intelligence forces, he was sacked for allegedly spying on President Andrew Johnson.

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Juan José Cañas
(Salvadoran Poet Best Known For Writing The Salvadoran National Anthem)
Juan José Cañas
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 19th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Miguel, El Salvador
Died: January 10, 1918

Juan José Cañas was a Salvadoran poet best remembered for his contribution to the national hymn of El Salvador. Cañas is said to have written the national hymn along with Italian conductor and composer Juan Aberle. In 1902, President Tomás Regalado honored Juan José Cañas with a gold medal for writing the lyrics of the Salvadoran national anthem.

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William Deering
(Businessman)
William Deering
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Birthdate: 25th April
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: South Paris, Paris, Maine, United States
Died: December 9, 1913
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George B. McClellan
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 3rd December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 29, 1885

George McClellan was the governor of New Jersey from 1878 to 1881. He had previously been part of the Mexican–American War. He later quit the Army to serve railroads but re-joined during the American Civil War. He eventually became the commanding general and formed the Army of the Potomac.

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Thomas Babington Macaulay
(Was a priest and educator, first princiFormer Paymaster General of the United Kingdompal and founder of CMS Grammar School, Lagos)
Thomas Babington Macaulay
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 17th January
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kissy, Sierra Leone
Died: January 17, 1878
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Margarita Maza
(Former First Lady of Mexico)
Margarita Maza
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Listed In: First Ladies
Birthdate: 29th March
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oaxaca, Mexico
Died: January 2, 1871
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Princess Alexandra of Bavaria
(Princess)
Princess Alexandra of Bavaria
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Birthdate: 26th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Schloss Johannisburg, Aschaffenburg, Germany
Died: September 21, 1875
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Charles Hugo
(Journalist)
Charles Hugo
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Listed In: Journalists
Birthdate: 4th November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 13, 1871
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John William De Forest
(Soldier)
John William De Forest
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 31st May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seymour, Connecticut, United States
Died: July 17, 1906
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Friedrich Chrysander
(Publisher)
Friedrich Chrysander
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Birthdate: 8th July
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lübtheen, Germany
Died: September 3, 1901
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Frances Fuller Victor
(Historian)
Frances Fuller Victor
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Birthdate: 23rd May
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, New York, United States
Died: November 14, 1902
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Augustus Le Plongeon
(Archaeologist, Photographer)
Augustus Le Plongeon
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Listed In: Archaeologists
Birthdate: 4th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Island of Jersey
Died: December 13, 1908
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Giuseppe Zanardelli
(Political ,Prime Minister)
Giuseppe Zanardelli
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Listed In: Prime Ministers
Birthdate: 29th October
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brescia, Italy
Died: December 26, 1903
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Giovanni Battista Donati
(Italian Astronomer Who Was First To Observe the Spectrum of a Comet)
Giovanni Battista Donati
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Listed In: Astronomers
Birthdate: 16th December
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Pisa, Italy
Died: September 20, 1873

Giovanni Battista Donati was an Italian astronomer considered a pioneer in the spectroscopic study of the stars, the Sun, and comets. He worked in the Observatory of Florence for several years, becoming its director in 1864. He published a memoir in which he discussed the feasibility of a physical classification of the stars. He discovered the spectacular Comet Donati. 

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Prince George of Prussia
(Poet)
Prince George of Prussia
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Birthdate: 12th February
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Düsseldorf, Germany
Died: May 2, 1902
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John Thomas
(Composer, Harpist)
John Thomas
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Listed In: Composers
Birthdate: 1st March
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bridgend, England
Died: March 19, 1913
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Anthony Joseph Drexel
(Banker)
Anthony Joseph Drexel
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Listed In: Bankers
Birthdate: 13th September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: June 30, 1893
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William S. Clark
(Professor)
William S. Clark
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 31st July
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ashfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 9, 1886
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Eugénie de Montijo
(Empress Consort of the French)
Eugénie de Montijo
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Birthdate: 5th May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Granada, Spain
Died: July 11, 1920
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Hormuzd Rassam
(Archaeologist)
Hormuzd Rassam
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Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Mosul, Iraq
Died: September 16, 1910
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Charles XV of Sweden
(King)
Charles XV of Sweden
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 3rd May
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: September 18, 1872
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George Frisbie Hoar
(Politician)
George Frisbie Hoar
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 29th August
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Concord, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 30, 1904
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Emily Blackwell
(Physician)
Emily Blackwell
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Birthdate: 8th October
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: September 7, 1910
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Alfred Ely Beach
(Inventor)
Alfred Ely Beach
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Birthdate: 1st September
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 1, 1896
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Thomas Chenery
(Journalist)
Thomas Chenery
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Listed In: Journalists
Birthdate: 30th November
Birthplace: Barbados Island, Barbados
Died: February 11, 1884
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Henry John Stephen Smith
(Mathematician)
Henry John Stephen Smith
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Listed In: Mathematicians
Birthdate: 2nd November
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: February 9, 1883
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Charles Loring Brace
(American Philanthropist Who Contributed to the Field of Social Reform)
Charles Loring Brace
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 19th June
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Litchfield, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 11, 1890

Known as the pioneer of the modern foster care system, Charles Loring Brace was raised by a single father. He established New York’s Children’s Aid Society and served as its executive secretary for almost 4 decades. His works inspired the Social Gospel movement. He also spearheaded the Orphan Train movement.