1779 births

Posted May 31, 2011
List of famous people who were born in 1779
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  1. Anne-Marie Javouhey

    Anne-Marie Javouhey


    Saint Anne-Marie Javouhey (November 10, 1779 – July 15, 1851) was a French nun who founded the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny. She is venerated in the Roman Catholic Church. She is known as the Liberator of the Slaves in the New World, and as the mother of the town of Mana, French Guiana.

  2. Francis Scott Key

    Francis Scott Key


    Francis Scott Key (August 1, 1779 – January 11, 1843) was an American lawyer, author, and amateur poet, from Georgetown, Washington, D.C. who wrote the lyrics to the United States' national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner".

  3. Paul Moody (inventor)

    Paul Moody (inventor)


    Paul Moody (May 23, 1779 - July 5, 1831) was a U.S. textile machinery inventor born in Byfield, Massachusetts (Town of Newbury). He is often credited with developing and perfecting the first power loom in America, which launched the first successful integrated cotton mill at Waltham, Massachusetts in 1814, under the leadership of Francis Cabot Lowell and his associates.

  4. Adam Oehlenschläger

    Adam Oehlenschläger


    Adam Gottlob Oehlenschläger (14 November 1779 – 20 January 1850) was a Danish poet and playwright. He introduced romanticism into Danish literature.

  5. Thomas Edwards

    Thomas Edwards


    Thomas Edwards (Caerfallwch), (1779–1858), was a Welsh author.

  6. Friedrich Carl von Savigny

    Friedrich Carl von Savigny


    Friedrich Carl von Savigny (21 February 1779 – 25 October 1861) was a German jurist and historian.

  7. John Van Ness Yates

    John Van Ness Yates


    John Van Ness Yates (December 1779 – January 10, 1839) was a New York lawyer, Democratic-Republican politician, and Secretary of State from 1818 to 1826. He was born in Albany to Robert Yates, a prominent Anti-Federalist attorney and jurist. He became a lawyer after clerking in the office of John Vernon Henry. He held a number of offices in Albany, and was one of the first trustees of the Albany United Presbyterian Church. He was a captain of a light infantry company in 1806, master in chancery in 1808, recorder of the city 1809-1816, and New York Secretary of State 1818-1826. He co-authored History of the State of New-York: Including Its Aboriginal and Colonial Annals (1826). He was buried in Albany Rural Cemetery.

  8. María Teresa de Borbón, 15th Countess of Chinchón

    María Teresa de Borbón, 15th Countess of Chinchón


    María Teresa de Borbón y Vallabriga, 15th Countess of Chinchón (María Teresa Carolina; 6 March 1779 – 23 November 1828), was a Spanish noblewoman and grandee. She was a patrilineal granddaughter of Philip V of Spain.

  9. Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden)

    Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden)


    Louise of Baden (13/24 January 1779 – 4 May/16 May 1826) was, as Elizabeth Alexeievna, (Russian: Елизавета Алексеевна), Empress of Russia during her marriage with Emperor Alexander I.

  10. Hamza Kazazi

    Hamza Kazazi


    Hamza (bey) Kazazi (1779–1859) was an Albanian fighter and leader, known for his role in Albanian Uprising of 1835 in Shkodër, back then the center of Pashalik of Scutari of the Ottoman Empire. He had an only son called Tahir Hamze Kazazi. He is also known as the first Albanian to be photographed by Pietro Marubi.

  11. Ghaem Magham Farahani

    Ghaem Magham Farahani


    Mirza Abolghasem Ghaem Magham Farahani (Persian: میرزا ابوالقاسم قائم مقام فراهانی‎‎) or Mirza Abu'l-Qasim Farahani Qá'im Maqam (1779 – June 28, 1835, Negarestan Garden, Tehran) was an Iranian Prime Minister in the early 19th century.

  12. Daniel Elliott Huger

    Daniel Elliott Huger


    Daniel Elliott Huger (June 28, 1779 – August 21, 1854) was a United States Senator from South Carolina. Born on Limerick plantation, Berkeley County (near Charleston), his father was Daniel Huger, a Continental Congressman and U.S. Representative from South Carolina. Daniel Elliott pursued classical studies in Charleston and graduated from the College of New Jersey (later Princeton University) in 1798. He studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1799, beginning practice in Charleston. He married Isabella Johannes Middleton in 1800. He was a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives from 1804 to 1819 and from 1830 to 1832, and was a brigadier general of State troops in 1814. He was judge of the circuit court from 1819 to 1830, and was a member of the South Carolina State Senate from 1838 to 1842. He was an opposition member of the State nullification convention in 1832.

  13. Franc Serafin Metelko

    Franc Serafin Metelko


    Franc Serafin Metelko, also known as Fran Metelko (14 July 1779 – 27 December 1860) was a Slovene Roman Catholic priest, author, and philologist, best known for his proposal of a new script for the Slovene called the Metelko alphabet, which was meant to replace the traditional Bohorič alphabet, used since the late sixteenth century.

  14. Stephen Decatur

    Stephen Decatur


    Stephen Decatur, Jr. (January 5, 1779 – March 22, 1820) was a United States naval officer and commodore notable for his many naval victories in the early 19th century.

  15. Dietrich Georg von Kieser

    Dietrich Georg von Kieser


    Dietrich Georg von Kieser (24 August 1779 – 11 October 1862) was a German physician born in Harburg.

  16. Prince Octavius of Great Britain

    Prince Octavius of Great Britain


    The Prince Octavius (23 February 1779 – 3 May 1783) was a member of the British Royal Family, the thirteenth child and eighth son of George III.

  17. Sarah Baartman

    Sarah Baartman


    Saartjie "Sarah" Baartman (before 1790 – 29 December 1815) (also spelled Bartman, Bartmann, Baartmen) was the most famous of at least two Khoikhoi women who, due to their large buttocks (steatopygia), were exhibited as freak show attractions in 19th-century Europe under the name Hottentot Venus—"Hottentot" was the then current name for the Khoi people, and is now considered an offensive term. and "Venus" in reference to the Roman goddess of love.

  18. Laurens Hull

    Laurens Hull


    Laurens Hull (June 6, 1779 – June 27, 1865) was an American physician and politician from New York.

  19. Infanta María Amalia of Spain (1779-1798)

    Infanta María Amalia of Spain (1779-1798)


    Maria Amalia of Bourbon, Infanta of Spain (Madrid, 9 January 1779 - Madrid, 22 July 1798), was a Spanish princess. She was a daughter of King Charles IV of Spain (1748–1819) and his spouse, Queen Maria Louisa (née of Bourbon-Parma) (1751–1819).

  20. Jöns Jacob Berzelius

    Jöns Jacob Berzelius


    Baron Jöns Jacob Berzelius (20 August 1779 – 7 August 1848), by himself and the contemporary society named Jacob Berzelius, was a Swedish chemist. Berzelius is considered, along with Robert Boyle, John Dalton, and Antoine Lavoisier, to be one of the founders of modern chemistry.

  21. Maria Naryshkina

    Maria Naryshkina


    Maria Antonovna Naryshkina (Russian: Мария Антоновна Нарышкина, 1779–1854), born Princess Maria Czetwertyńska-Światopełk was a Polish noble, for 13 years the mistress of Tsar Alexander I of Russia.

  22. Elizabeth Wynne Fremantle

    Elizabeth Wynne Fremantle


    Elizabeth Wynne Fremantle (born 19 April 1778 at Falkingham, now Folkingham, Lincolnshire, died 2 November 1857 in or near Nice, France) was the main author of the extensive Wynne Diaries and wife of the Royal Navy officer Thomas Fremantle (1765–1819), a close associate of Nelson.

  23. Ludolph Christian Treviranus

    Ludolph Christian Treviranus


    Ludolph Christian Treviranus (September 18, 1779 in Bremen – May 6, 1864 in Bonn) was a German botanist born in Bremen. He was a younger brother to naturalist Gottfried Reinhold Treviranus (1776-1837).

  24. Beibulat Taimiev

    Beibulat Taimiev


    In his notes known as “A Trip to Arzrum” the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin wrote: “The impressions are genuinely oriental! The renowned Beibulat, the most feared man in the Caucasus, came to Arzrum with two elders from Cherkess villages… They were dining at Count Paskevich’s”.

  25. Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis

    Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis


    Eleanor Parke Custis Lewis (March 31, 1779 – July 15, 1852), known as Nelly, was the granddaughter of Martha Washington and the step-granddaughter of George Washington.

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