165 Year Old Celebrities

1. Aurel Stodola (1859)

Slovak Scientist

Engineer, physicist, and inventor who did extensive work in technical thermodynamics. He was a Corresponding member of French Academy of Sciences and he received the James Watt International Medal in 1941.

2. Arthur Friedheim (1859)

Russian Musician

Had to audition several times for Franz Liszt before being accepted as a pupil. He would become one of Liszt's best.

3. Henry Tureman Allen (1859)


He crossed 1,500 miles of wilderness along the Alaskan Copper river in order to make charts of the land.

4. Édouard Michelin (1859)

French Industrialist

Founder of the Michelin rubber company, with brother Andre.

5. Georges Seurat (1859)


Post-Impressionist painter and draftsman whose iconic work, "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte," exemplified his pointillist style.

6. Donát Bánki (1859)


Mechanical engineer who invented the carburetor.

7. Frank Seiberling (1859)

American Businessman

Co-founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company who oversaw the use of his material for everything from tires to raincoats.

8. Kaiser Wilhelm II (1859)


Kaiser Wilhelm II is a famous Emperor, who was born on January 27, 1859 in Germany. The King of Prussia and the final Kaiser (Emperor) of Germany, Wilhelm II ruled...

9. Hugo Junkers (1859)

German Aviation Pioneer

German aviator and aircraft designer who implemented the use of metal fuselages in airplanes.

10. William Henry O'Connell (1859)

Religious Leader

American cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church who served as the Archbishop of Boston from 1907 to 1944.

11. Frank H. Spearman (1859)


Frank H. Spearman is a famous Novelist, who was born on September 6, 1859 in United States. An American author of Western fiction, he is best known for his novel...

12. Walter Camp (1859)

American Football Player And Coa

Famous for helping to establish the Intercollegiate Football Association and for creating the sport's down and line of scrimmage rules, Camp is regarded as a founding father of the American...

13. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859)


Scottish author of the legendary Sherlock Holmes detective novels. He also created the lesser- known character, Professor Challenger, and in addition to detective stories, wrote poetry, plays, and science-fiction works.

14. Carrie Chapman Catt (1859)

Civil Rights Leader

Carrie Chapman Catt is a famous Civil Rights Leader, who was born on January 9, 1859 in United States. Suffragette who developed the so-called ‘Winning Plan’ to pass the 19th...

15. Katharine Lee Bates (1859)


Katharine Lee Bates is a famous Songwriter, who was born on August 12, 1859 in United States. Wrote the lyrics to “America the Beautiful” and the poem “Goody Santa Claus...

16. Charles Marson (1859)

Christian Socialist And Folk Son

English journalist and folk writer who was considered a major player in the rise of Christian Socialism. He published a collection of folk songs, which were influential in the first...

17. Fusajiro Yamauchi (1859)

Nintendo President And Founder

Founder of Nintendo Koppai company who gave the world video games.

18. Florence Kelley (1859)

American Activist

Suffragist and civil rights activist who helped establish the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP ) in 1909. She was also known for her advocacy for a...

19. John Dewey (1859)

American Philosopher

Philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer who specialized in nature, art, and ethics. He pioneered pragmatism and functional psychology.

20. Elias Disney (1859)

Family Member

Famous as the father of legendary businessman, animator, and producer Walt Disney, Elias Disney held a number of different jobs over the course of his life, including construction worker, mailman, fruit...

21. Charlie Simms (1859)

Professional Footballer

Center half and wing half who played in the Football Alliance and the Football League in the late 1800s.

22. Ricardo Jimenez Oreamuno (1859)


Ricardo Jimenez Oreamuno is a famous Politician, who was born on February 6, 1859 in Costa Rica. Politician who served as President of Costa Rica on three separate occasions: 1910...

23. Svante Arrhenius (1859)

Physical Chemist

A Swedish scientist who was known for his work with electrolytes. He was the first scientist to attempt to account for changes in the levels of carbon dioxide in the...

24. Sholem Aleichem (1859)


Jewish writer whose stories about Tevye the Dairyman inspired the musical, Fiddler on the Roof. His actual name was Sholem Naumovich Rabinovich; he was known throughout his career by his...

25. Samuel Insull (1859)

Creator Of American Electrical I

Utilities magnate who built up one of the largest holding companies in the United States. He lost it all during the Great Depression.

26. Francis Thompson (1859)

British Poet

English poet known for his ascetic lifestyle and for his poem "The Hound of Heaven." His other literary works include Sister Songs and On Health and Holiness.

27. Archie Hunter (1859)

Scottish Footballer

Forward who played professionally for Third Lanark, Ayr Thistle, and Aston Villa, where he was the club's first captain to lift the FA Cup.

28. Sidney Lee (1859)

English Biographer And Critic

Critic and biographer known for biographies like Life of Queen Victoria. He also wrote more than 800 articles in the Dictionary of National Biography.

29. Katharine Tynan (1859)

Irish Poet

Prolific Irish author of more than a hundred novels, numerous poems, and five autobiographical works. Her publications include Three Fair Maids, or the Burkes of Derrymore; The Land of Mist...

30. Pierre Curie (1859)

French Chemist

Husband of radioactivity pioneer Marie Curie who collaborated with her on her most important research. He and his wife jointly received the 1903 Nobel Prize in Physics for their research...

31. Charles Fletcher Lummis (1859)


Charles Fletcher Lummis is a famous Journalist, who was born on March 1, 1859 in United States. Early explorer and author who wrote about the Southwest and gave the nation...

32. Cecil Sharp (1859)

British Music Collector

Founding father of England's folklore revival during the early 20th century who recorded most of England's traditional music and dances.

33. Adelaide Johnson (1859)

American Artist

American sculptor and feminist whose work is displayed in the U.S. Capitol. She worked for women's equality.

34. Victor Herbert (1859)

American Composer

Best known for composing numerous operettas that were fixtures of Broadway from the 1890s until World War I.

35. Douglas Houghton Campbell (1859)


Botany professor who was one of the first 15 founding professors of Stanford University. His 1895 book The Structure and Development of Mosses and Ferns is the authoritative work on...

36. Kenneth Grahame (1859)

British Novelist

Scottish writer who wrote the popular 1908 piece of children's literature The Wind in the Willows and the 1898 story The Reluctant Dragon which was later made into Disney films.

37. Constance Holland (1859)


Playwright and wife of author Oscar Wilde, she stayed with him through his trial for indecency. She wrote There Was Once.

38. Edmund Husserl (1859)


Continental philosopher and mathematician who pioneered the field of phenomenology. He saw experience as being equal to empiricism.

39. Sam Marx (1859)

Vaudeville Performer

Best remembered as the father of the famous Marx Brothers comedy team, this French-born tailor appeared in his sons' 1931 film, Monkey Business.

40. Ellen Gates Starr (1859)

Civil Rights Leader

Ellen Gates Starr is a famous Civil Rights Leader, who was born on March 19, 1859 in United States. Co-founder, with Jane Addams, of the Hull House in Chicago, a...

41. Jerome K. Jerome (1859)


Jerome K. Jerome is a famous Essayist, who was born on May 2, 1859 in United Kingdom. English comedic writer best known for his travelogue Three Men in a Boat....

42. Frank Selee (1859)

American Baseball Manager

Hall of Fame manager of the Boston Beaneaters and the Chicago Orphans before they were known as the Braves and the Cubs.

43. Cass Gilbert (1859)

American Architect

Conservative architect who designed the Woolworth Building in New York and the United States Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.; pioneering advocate for incorporating skyscrapers into structures.

44. Clarence H. Johnston Sr. (1859)


Known for designing many state prisons and insane asylums in Minnesota, such as the Minnesota Security Hospital, several wings at the Minnesota Correctional Facility, and the Minnesota State Academies for...

45. Julio Deutsch (1859)

Croatian Architect

Designed Hotel Palace, originally called Schlesinger Palace, in Zagreb. He was known for his art nouveau-style building designs.

46. Irving Bacheller (1859)

Journalist Novelist

An American writer and journalist, he is best known for his novel Eben Holden. He also founded the first modern newspaper syndicate in the United States.

47. Bid McPhee (1859)

American Baseball Player Manager

Former MLB second baseman known mostly for his fielding. He spent his entire 18-year career with the Cincinnati Red Stockings and Reds.

48. Samuel Alexander (1859)

Australian-born British Philosop

Australian philosopher who was the first Jewish fellow of an Oxbridge college and published the 1933 popular essay Beauty and other Forms of Value.

49. Willis Van Devanter (1859)

Supreme Court Justice

Willis Van Devanter is a famous Supreme Court Justice, who was born on April 17, 1859 in United States. Served as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court from...

50. Michael Joseph Owens (1859)


West Virginia-born inventor who created a machine that could mass-produce glass bottles.

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