Born in 1804

Jan 1 James Fannin a 19th-century U.S. military figure on the Texas Army and leader during the Texas Revolution of 1835–36. After being outnumbered and surrendering to Mexican forces at the Battle of Coleto Creek, Colonel Fannin and nearly all his 344 men were executed soon afterward at Goliad, Texas, under Santa Anna's orders for all rebels to be executed
Jan 1 Nikolai Rozenbakh a Russian General during the nineteenth century.
Jan 3 Friedrich Wilhelm Schultz a German pharmacist and botanist who was a native of Zweibrücken.
Jan 10 Élie Frédéric Forey a Marshal of France.
Jan 13 Paul Gavarni the nom de plume of Sulpice Guillaume Chevalier , a French caricaturist, born in Paris. He began life as an engineer's draughtsman, but soon turned his attention to his proper vocation as an artist
Jan 20 Eugène Sue a French novelist.
Jan 21 Eliza R. Snow one of the most celebrated Mormon women of the nineteenth century. A renowned poet, she chronicled history, celebrated nature and relationships, and expounded scripture and doctrine. Snow was married in secret to Joseph Smith as a plural wife and was openly a plural wife of Brigham Young after Smith's death. Snow was the second general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1866 until her death and was the sister of Lorenzo Snow, the church's fifth president
Jan 21 Moritz von Schwind an Austrian painter, born in Vienna. Schwind's genius was lyrical—he drew inspiration from chivalry, folk-lore, and the songs of the people. Schwind died in Pöcking in Bavaria, and was buried in the Alter Südfriedhof in Munich
Jan 24 Delphine de Girardin a French author.
Jan 25 Antoni Edward Odyniec a Polish Romantic-era poet who penned the celebrated "Song of the Filaretes".
Jan 31 József Bajza a Hungarian poet and critic.
Feb 1 Handrij Zejler a Sorbian writer, pastor and national activist. He co-founded the Lusatian cultural and scientific society Maćica Serbska
Feb 2 Robert Froriep a German anatomist who was a native of Jena. He was the father of anatomist August von Froriep
Feb 4 Julius Hermann Schultes a famous Austrian botanist from Vienna. He co-authored volume 7 of the Roemer & Schultes edition of the Systema Vegetabilium with his father Josef August Schultes
Feb 4 Ulrike von Levetzow a friend and the last love of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.
Feb 5 Johan Ludvig Runeberg the national poet of Finland. He wrote in the Swedish language
Feb 7 Mykola Markevych a Ukrainian musician, composer, historian, ethnographer, and poet.
Feb 7 John Deere (inventor) an American blacksmith and manufacturer who founded Deere & Company, one of the largest and leading agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers in the world. Born in Rutland, Vermont, Deere moved to Illinois and invented the first commercially successful steel plow in 1837
Feb 8 Richard Lemon Lander a Cornish explorer of western Africa.
Feb 12 Jan Adam Kruseman a 19th-century portrait painter from the Northern Netherlands.
Feb 12 Heinrich Lenz a Russian physicist of Baltic German ethnicity. He is most noted for formulating Lenz's law in electrodynamics in 1833. The symbol , conventionally representing inductance, is chosen in his honor
Feb 13 Jean-Charles Prince a Canadian Roman Catholic priest, teacher, seminary administrator, editor, and Bishop of Saint-Hyacinthe from 1852 to 1860.
Feb 16 Karl Theodor Ernst von Siebold a German physiologist and zoologist. He was responsible for the introduction of the taxa Arthropoda and Rhizopoda, and for defining the taxon Protozoa specifically for single-celled organisms
Feb 16 Jules Janin a French writer and critic.
Feb 17 Louis de Carné a French politician, journalist and historian.
Feb 19 David Wark a prominent Canadian Senator who served nearly 38 years in office.
Feb 19 Carl von Rokitansky a Bohemian physician, pathologist, humanist philosopher and liberal politician.
Feb 24 Pierre-Marie-Charles de Bernard du Grail de la Villette a French writer.
Mar 1 Franz Hanfstaengl a Bavarian painter, lithographer and photographer.
Mar 3 Jacques-Victor Henry the heir apparent to the throne of the Kingdom of Haiti.
Mar 6 Louis Stromeyer a German surgeon. He was born and died in Hanover. He was the son of surgeon Christian Friedrich Stromeyer
Mar 8 Alvan Clark an American astronomer and telescope maker. He was a portrait painter and engraver , and at the age of 40 became involved in telescope making. Using glass blanks made by Chance Brothers of Birmingham and Feil-Mantois of Paris, his firm Alvan Clark & Sons ground lenses for refracting telescopes, including the largest in the world at the time: the 18.5-inch at Dearborn Observatory at the Old University of Chicago , the two 26-inch telescopes at the United States Naval Observatory and McCormick Observatory, the 30-inch at Pulkovo Observatory , the 36-inch telescope at Lick Observatory and later the 40-inch at Yerkes Observatory, which remains the largest successful refracting telescope in the world. One of Clark's sons, Alvan Graham Clark, discovered the dim companion of Sirius. His other son was George Bassett Clark; both sons were partners in the firm
Mar 10 Princess Ida of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym a princess of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym by birth as a daughter of Victor II, Prince of Anhalt-Bernburg-Schaumburg-Hoym. As the wife of Hereditary Prince Paul Frederick Augustus of Oldenburg she became an Hereditary Princess of Oldenburg by marriage
Mar 14 Johann Strauss I an Austrian Romantic composer. He was famous for his waltzes, and he popularized them alongside Joseph Lanner, thereby setting the foundations for his sons to carry on his musical dynasty. His most famous piece is the Radetzky March
Mar 17 Jim Bridger among the foremost mountain men, trappers, scouts and guides who explored and trapped the Western United States during the decades of 1820-1850, as well as mediating between native tribes and encroaching whites. He was of English ancestry, and his family had been in North America since the early colonial period
Mar 20 Wilhelm Bendz a Danish painter mainly known for genre works and portraits which often portray his artist colleagues and their daily lives. He was one of the most talented artists in the successful generation of painters who studied under Christoffer Wilhelm Eckersberg but died early and has therefore left a relatively small oeuvre
Mar 27 Giacomo Panizza conductor at La Scala, Milan for 13 years, during which time, he composed two operas and thirteen ballets.
Mar 30 Salomon Sulzer an Austrian hazzan and composer. His family, which prior to 1813 bore the name of Levi, removed to Hohenems from Sulz in 1748. He was educated for the cantorate, studying first under the cantors of Endingen and Karlsruhe, with whom he traveled extensively, and later under Salomon Eichberg, cantor at Hohenems and Düsseldorf. In 1820 Sulzer was appointed cantor at Hohenems, where he modernized the ritual, and introduced a choir. At the instance of Rabbi Isaac Noah Mannheimer of Vienna he was called to the Austrian capital as chief cantor in 1826. There he reorganized the song service of the synagogue, retaining the traditional chants and melodies, but harmonizing them in accordance with modern views
Apr 4 Joseph Fischhof a Czech-Austrian pianist, composer and professor at the Vienna Conservatory of Music, belonging to the Romantic school.
Apr 5 Matthias Jakob Schleiden a German botanist and co-founder of the cell theory, along with Theodor Schwann and Rudolf Virchow.
Apr 7 Salomon Müller a German naturalist. He was born in Heidelberg, and died in Freiburg im Breisgau
Apr 11 Otto Linné Erdmann a German chemist. He was the son of Karl Gottfried Erdmann, the physician who introduced vaccination into Saxony. He was born in Dresden on 11 April 1804. In 1820 he began to attend the medicochirurgical academy of his native place, and in 1822 he entered the University of Leipzig, where in 1827 he became extraordinary professor, and in 1830 ordinary professor of chemistry. This office he held until his death, which happened at Leipzig on 9 October 1869. He was particularly successful as a teacher, and the laboratory established at Leipzig under his direction in 1843 was long regarded as a model institution. As an investigator he is best known for his work on nickel and indigo and other dye-stuffs. With F. Marchand he also carried out a number of determinations of atomic weights. In 1828, in conjunction with F. Werther , he founded the Journal für technische and ökonomische Chemie, which became in 1834 the Journal für praktische Chemie. He was also the author of Über das Nickel , Lehrbuch der Chemie , Grundriss der Waarenkunde , and Über das Studium der Chemie
Apr 15 François-Napoléon-Marie Moigno a French Catholic priest and one time Jesuit, as well as a physicist and author. He considered himself a student of Cauchy
Apr 18 Marc Athanase Parfait Œillet des Murs a French amateur ornithologist and local politician and historian.
Apr 23 Marie Taglioni an Italian/Swedish ballet dancer of the Romantic ballet era, a central figure in the history of European dance.
Apr 26 Charles Goodyear (politician) a United States Representative from New York.
Apr 30 Richard Redgrave an English artist.
May 7 Alfred Moquin-Tandon a French naturalist and doctor.
May 9 Hewett Watson a phrenologist, botanist and evolutionary theorist. He was born in Firbeck, near Rotherham, Yorkshire, and died at Thames Ditton, Surrey
May 12 Robert Baldwin a Canadian lawyer and politician who, with his political partner Louis-Hippolyte Lafontaine, led the first responsible ministry in Canada. "Responsible Government" marked the country's democratic independence, without a revolution, although not without violence. This achievement also included the introduction of municipal government, the introduction of a modern legal system and the Canadian Jury system, and the abolishing of imprisonment for debt. Baldwin is also noted for resisting a decades-long tradition of Orange Order terrorism of political reform in the colony, that went so far as to burn the Parliament buildings in Montreal in 1849