Celebrities born in 1779
  • Francis Scott Key

    Lawyer, author, and poet who wrote the lyrics to "The Star-Spangled Banner," which would later become the U.S. National Anthem.

    Francis Scott Key

  • Thomas Moore

    Irish poet, lyricist, and singer who became famous for his lyrics to the popular song "The Last Rose of Summer." He is also known for "The Minstrel Boy" and numerous other works.

    Thomas Moore

  • Washington Allston

    Painter and poet known for "Moonlit Landscape" from 1809 and other works. He pioneered the American Romantic landscape-painting movement.

    Washington Allston

  • Zebulon Pike

    Actor who set off to explore the southern section of the newly-purchased Louisiana territories as the leader of the Pike expedition,

    Zebulon Pike

  • Clement Clarke Moore

    American author who wrote the 1823 Christmas poem, "A Visit from St. Nicholas," which later became known as "'Twas the Night Before Christmas." He also had a prominent career as a professor of divinity and literature.

    Clement Clarke Moore

  • Stephen Decatur

    American war hero who was a United States naval officer and Commodore known for various naval victories in the early 19th century. He was the first post-Revolutionary War hero.

    Stephen Decatur

  • Jons Jacob Berzelius

    Swedish chemist who is considered to be one of the founders of modern chemistry. He discovered the elements cerium and thorium.

    Jons Jacob Berzelius

  • Joseph Story

    Joseph Story was an American lawyer and jurist who served as an Associate Judge on the Supreme Court of the United States in the nineteenth century. He was the youngest Associate Justice at time - he was only 32 years old when he was elected for the position and even until today, he remains the youngest Supreme Court Justice at appointment. On this important position, Story brought in many impending changes in the law of the United States, like, founding the department of admiralty law in the federal courts, working towards equity jurisprudence and building a department of patent law, standing upfront against slave trade, etc. He did not only sit in the Supreme Court but also was the first Dane Professor of Law at Harvard University. He was apparently a much beloved teacher, since his active position in the Supreme Court helped his students understand the current occurring in the American law in greater details. He was also one of the celebrated writers of his time and wrote many books, articles and essays on various topics of law.

    Joseph Story

  • Louis Defreycinet

    French explorer who circled the globe and outlined the entire Australian coast.

    Louis Defreycinet

  • Joseph Clement

    Engineer and Industrialist who developed the Difference engine for <a title='Charles Babbage' href='/famous/charles-babbage.htm'>Charles Babbage</a>.

    Joseph Clement