Famous People Who Died In 1903

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1903. This list includes people like Calamity Jane, Paul Gauguin, Alois Hitler, Herbert Spencer, Roy Bean and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include artists, philosophers, physicists and mathematicians who died in 1903. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France and many more countries.
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Paul Gauguin
(French Post-Impressionist Artist)
Paul Gauguin
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Birthdate: June 7, 1848
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 8
French Post-Impressionist artist, sculptor, and writer Paul Gauguin was a major figure in the Symbolist movement. He had worked as a stockbroker and businessman before gaining fame as an artist. He influenced the French avant-garde and modern artists such as Pablo Picasso and also led the way for Primitivism.
 2 
Herbert Spencer
(Philosopher and Sociologist Known for His Hypothesis of ‘Social Darwinism’ and the Expression 'Survival of the Fittest')
Herbert Spencer
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Birthdate: April 27, 1820
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Derby, Derbyshire, England
Died: December 8

Herbert Spencer was the man behind the expression “survival of the fittest,” after reading Charles Darwin's iconic work On the Origin of Species. The British anthropologist, sociologist, and philosopher introduced the concept of Social Darwinism, which applied the theory of evolution to societies and social classes.

 3 
Frederick Law Olmsted
(Landscape Architect)
Frederick Law Olmsted
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: April 26, 1822
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hartford
Died: August 28

Frederick Law Olmsted was an American journalist, landscape architect, public administrator, and social critic. Dubbed the father of American landscape architecture, Frederick was responsible for co-designing several well-known urban parks including Walnut Hill Park, Prospect Park, Cadwalader Park, and Central Park. He is also remembered for his work on the landscape encircling the US Capitol building.

 4 
Camille Pissarro
(Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist Painter)
Camille Pissarro
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Birthdate: July 10, 1830
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charlotte Amalie, U.S. Virgin Islands
Died: November 13

Camille Pissarro was a Danish-French painter best remembered for his contributions to Impressionism, Neo-Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism. He is credited with establishing a group of 15 aspiring artists, for which he served as a pivotal figure. He was regarded as a father figure to several important painters, including Vincent Willem van Gogh.

 5 
Lieserl Einstein
(Daughter of the Scientist Albert Einstein and the Scientist Mileva Maric)
Lieserl Einstein
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 27, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Novi Sad, Serbia
Died: September 18

Lieserl Einstein’s existence came into light almost 30 years after her father Albert Einstein’s death. She was the illegitimate, first-born child of Einstein and his fellow student, and later wife, Mileva Maric. Some believe she died of scarlet fever, while other sources state she was given up for adoption.

 6 
Apolinario Mabini
(Filipino Revolutionary and the 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines)
Apolinario Mabini
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Talaga, Tanauan, Philippines
Died: May 13

The 1st prime minister of the Philippines, Apolinario Mabini led the Philippine Revolution and helped in drafting the Malolos Constitution. Born into a family of illiterate peasants, he became a lawyer, before joining the forces of revolutionary Emilio Aguinaldo. He spent most of his later years in exile, targeted by the US.

 7 
James Glaisher
(Meteorologists)
James Glaisher
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 7, 1809
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rotherhithe, London, England
Died: February 7

Renowned meteorologist and aeronaut James Glaisher was a pioneer of balloon flights and had penned the iconic book Travels in the Air. He had also contributed to the formation of the Meteorological Society and the Aeronautical Society of Britain. The 2019 movie The Aeronauts depicts his exploits as a balloonist.

 8 
Calamity Jane
(American scout)
Calamity Jane
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 1, 1852
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Princeton, Missouri
Died: August 1

Martha Jane Cannary, better known by her nickname Calamity Jane, was an American frontierswoman. Her friendship with Wild Bill Hickok and her habit of wearing men's attire made her a popular fictional character in literature, plays, games, films, and TV series. She has been portrayed by actresses like Jean Arthur, Frances Farmer, Marin Sais, and Yvonne De Carlo among others.

 9 
Josiah Willard Gibbs
(Scientist)
Josiah Willard Gibbs
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 11, 1839
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 28

Josiah Willard Gibbs was an American scientist best remembered for making major theoretical contributions to mathematics, physics, and chemistry. As a mathematician, Gibbs is credited with inventing modern vector calculus. In 1901, he was honored with the prestigious Copley Medal for his contributions. Josiah Willard Gibbs's work had a major influence on physicists like J. D. van der Waals.

 10 
Hugo Wolf
(Austrian Composer Known for His Art Songs)
Hugo Wolf
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 13, 1860
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Slovenj Gradec, Slovenia
Died: February 22

Hugo Wolf was an Austrian composer best remembered for his art songs. Although he produced extraordinary musical pieces, his work was constantly affected by depression before he suffered a mental collapse in the late-1890s. Hugo Wolf is credited with producing some of the best-known lieders, a type of German song.

 11 
Harriet Lane
(First Lady)
Harriet Lane
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 9, 1830
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Franklin County, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: July 3
 12 
Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet
(Irish English Physicist and Mathematician)
Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 13, 1819
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Skreen, Ireland
Died: February 1

Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet was an Anglo-Irish physicist and mathematician. He studied at Pembroke College, Cambridge, and spent his entire career at the University of Cambridge as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics. As a physicist, he made key contributions to fluid mechanics and physical optics. He received the Royal Society's Copley Medal in 1893.

 13 
Ed Delahanty
(Baseball player)
Ed Delahanty
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 30, 1867
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: July 2
 14 
Emily Warren Roebling
(Lady Who Guided The Construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.)
Emily Warren Roebling
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: September 23, 1843
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cold Spring, New York
Died: February 28

Apart from being a socialite, Emily Warren Roebling was also a skilled engineer. She took over the reins of designing the Brooklyn Bridge when her husband, the chief engineer of the project, Washington Augustus Roebling, was rendered bedridden. She went against the grain and earned a law certificate, too.

 15 
Otto Weininger
(Philosopher, Writer, Psychologist)
Otto Weininger
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Birthdate: April 3, 1880
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: October 4

Austrian thinker Otto Weininger, whose main areas of interests included philosophy of religion, logic, gender and psychology, lived in the Austro-Hungarian Empire. His book Geschlecht und Charakter (Sex and Character), which gained popularity following his suicide by gunshot, became a sourcebook for anti-Semitic propagandists. Some of his writings were used by Nazi propaganda.  

 16 
Richard Jordan Gatling
(American Inventor)
Richard Jordan Gatling
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Birthdate: September 12, 1818
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hertford County, North Carolina, United States
Died: February 26
 17 
Alexander I of Serbia
(Prince)
Alexander I of Serbia
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Birthdate: August 14, 1876
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Belgrade
Died: June 11
 18 
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury
(Foreign Secretary)
Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 3, 1830
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England
Died: August 22
 19 
George Gissing
(British Novelist Best Known for His Works: 'The Nether World', 'New Grub Street' and 'The Odd Women')
George Gissing
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 22, 1857
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wakefield, England
Died: December 28

English novelist George Gissing is known for the way he showcased the realism of the lower-middle class in his works such as The Nether World. In spite of being a brilliant student, he was expelled from Owens College for theft. He specialized in the literary study of Charles Dickens and his works.

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Emily Stowe
(First female physician to practise in Canada, the second licensed female physician in Canada)
Emily Stowe
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 1, 1831
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Norwich, Canada
Died: April 30

Emily Stowe created history by becoming the first female doctor to practice in Canada and the second to receive a physician’s license in the country. A champion of women’s education, she was also a prominent suffragist and assisted in building the first women’s medical school in Canada.

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Olive Oatman
(White Girl Abducted By Native Americans)
Olive Oatman
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 7, 1837
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Illinois
Died: March 20

Olive Oatman was an American woman who was abducted by a group of Native American tribe when she was 14 years old. She was enslaved by the tribe and later traded to the Mohave people. After her release at the age of 19, Oatman became the subject of several novels, movies, plays, and poetry.

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William Ernest Henley
(English Poet Best Known for His Poem 'Invictus' (1875))
William Ernest Henley
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Birthdate: August 23, 1849
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gloucester, England
Died: July 11

Best known for his short poem Invictus, William Ernest Henley was a Victorian-era British poet and author. A disease he contracted in childhood caused one of his legs to be amputated. It is believed, he was the inspiration behind the crippled character Long John Silver in RL Stevenson’s Treasure Island.

Sophie Gengembre Anderson
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Birthdate: 1823 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: March 10

Born to a French father and a British mother, Sophie Gengembre Anderson was a self-taught artist. The family fled to the U.S. to escape the French Revolution. A master portraitist and a major Pre-Raphaelite figure, Sophie specialized in painting women and children, with cats and natural elements thrown in.

 24 
Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine
(Schoolchild)
Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine
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Birthdate: March 11, 1895
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Darmstadt, Germany
Died: November 16
 25 
Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov
(Philosopher)
Nikolai Fyodorovich Fyodorov
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Birthdate: June 9, 1829
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Klyuchi, Russia
Died: December 28
 26 
Eugenio María de Hostos
(Educator)
Eugenio María de Hostos
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 11, 1839
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: near Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Died: August 11
 27 
Theodor Mommsen
(German Historian and Writer Famous for His Masterpiece 'Römische Geschichte')
Theodor Mommsen
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Birthdate: November 30, 1817
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Garding, Germany
Died: November 1

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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Cassius Marcellus Clay
(Politician)
Cassius Marcellus Clay
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 19, 1810
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Madison County, Kentucky, United States
Died: July 22
 29 
Vasily Dokuchaev
(Russian Ecologist and Geologist Who Conducted Path-Breaking Research on Soil Science)
Vasily Dokuchaev
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Birthdate: March 1, 1846
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Milyukovo, Russia
Died: November 8

Russian ecologist, geomorphologist, and soil scientist Vasily Dokuchaev initially taught at the University of St. Petersburg and was later associated with the Novo-Aleksandr Institute of Agriculture and Forestry. He developed a soil classification system that explained the 5 factors for soil formation. The city of Dokuchaievsk in Ukraine is named after him.

 30 
Hans Gude
(Norwegian Romanticist Painter)
Hans Gude
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Birthdate: March 13, 1825
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: August 17

Hans Gude was a Norwegian romanticist painter best remembered for his landscape paintings. Counted among Norway's leading landscape painters along with Johan Christian Dahl, Gude is also considered the backbone of Norwegian National Romanticism. Over the course of his illustrious career, Hans Gude won several honors and medals.

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Draga Masin
(Consort)
Draga Masin
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 11, 1866
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gornji Milanovac, Serbia
Died: June 11
 32 
Camillo Sitte
(Austrian Architect)
Camillo Sitte
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: April 17, 1843
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: November 16

Renowned Austrian architect Camillo Sitte, best known for his book City Planning According to Artistic Principles, believed in a lot of ideas that were similar to those of English architect Sir Ebenezer Howard. He had also been the director of the Vienna State Polytechnic School and launched the periodical City Building.

 33 
Joanna Hiffernan
(Model)
Joanna Hiffernan
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: 1843 AD
Birthplace: Ireland
Died: 1903 AD
 34 
Alexander Bain - Philosopher
(Scottish Philosopher and Educationalist)
Alexander Bain - Philosopher
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Birthdate: June 11, 1818
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland
Died: September 18

Alexander Bain was a Scottish philosopher. He was a prominent educationalist in the British school of empiricism. A respected figure in the fields of psychology, logic, linguistics, moral philosophy, and education reform, he founded Mind, the first-ever journal of psychology and analytical philosophy. He had an illustrious academic career at the University of Aberdeen. 

 35 
Pope Leo XIII
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Birthdate: March 2, 1810
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Carpineto Romano, Italy
Died: July 20
Pope Leo XIII is best remembered for writing the Prayer to St. Michael and his encyclicals on the Rosary, which earned him the nickname Rosary Pope. He advocated for age-old Christian ways and means and was the first pope to have no authority over the Papal States.
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Frederic Farrar
(British Cleric, Religious Writer and Author)
Frederic Farrar
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 7, 1831
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai, India
Died: March 22

Anglican cleric Frederic Farrar is best remembered for the tales of school life that he had penned in the novel Eric, or, Little by Little. As a philologist, he applied Charles Darwin’s theory to the evolution of languages. He had even been a pallbearer at Darwin’s funeral.

 37 
Mwanga
(King of Buganda)
Mwanga
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Birthdate: 1868 AD
Birthplace: Nakawa
Died: May 8
 38 
Émile Baudot
(French Telegraph Engineer and Inventor of the First Means of Digital Communication Baudot Code)
Émile Baudot
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Birthdate: September 11, 1845
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Magneux, France
Died: March 28
French telegraph engineer Émile Baudot was the inventor of Baudot code which was the first means of digital communication. One of the pioneers of telecommunications, Baudot invented a multiplexed printing telegraph system that used his code and allowed multiple transmissions over a single line. The symbol rate measurement is known as baudOffsite Link in Baudot's honor.
 39 
Kusumoto Ine
(Physician)
Kusumoto Ine
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 31, 1827
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nagasaki, Japan
Died: August 27
 40 
Gustavus Franklin Swift
(Business Executive)
Gustavus Franklin Swift
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 24, 1839
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sagamore, Bourne, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 29
 41 
William B. Franklin
(Officer)
William B. Franklin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 27, 1823
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: York, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 8
 42 
Abram Hewitt
(Lawyer)
Abram Hewitt
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 31, 1822
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haverstraw, New York, United States
Died: January 18
 43 
Ebenezer Butterick
(Manufacturer)
Ebenezer Butterick
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Birthdate: May 29, 1826
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sterling, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 31
 44 
Ronglu
(Manchu Political and Military Leader of the Late Qing Dynasty)
Ronglu
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 6, 1836
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: China
Died: April 11

Ronglu was a Manchu military and political leader who lived during the late Qing dynasty. A close associate of Empress Dowager Cixi, Ronglu served in many prominent military and civil positions, such as the Grand Council, Viceroy of Zhili, Grand Secretary, Zongli Yamen, Secretary of Defence, Wuwei Corps Commander, Nine Gates Infantry Commander, and Beiyang Trade Minister.

 45 
Margaret Ann Neve
(One of the first verified people that lived within 3 centuries (18th until the 20th century))
Margaret Ann Neve
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 18, 1792
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saint Peter Port, Guernsey
Died: April 4
 46 
Henry Demarest Lloyd
(Journalist)
Henry Demarest Lloyd
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Birthdate: May 1, 1847
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 28
 47 
Hector MacDonald
(Soldier)
Hector MacDonald
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 4, 1853
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Black Isle, Scotland
Died: March 25
 48 
Christian Johansson
(Russian Ballet Dancer and Choreographer)
Christian Johansson
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: June 1, 1817
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: December 12

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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Albert Schäffle
(Sociologist)
Albert Schäffle
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Birthdate: February 24, 1831
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nürtingen, Germany
Died: December 25
 50 
William Edward Hartpole Lecky
(Irish Historian and Political Theorist Who Specialized in Georgian England)
William Edward Hartpole Lecky
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 26, 1838
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: October 22