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Victorian Era Celebrities and Famous People

Here are some of the important and famous people from the Victorian era.

1. Queen Victoria

She was born in 1819 in London. Her actual name was Alexandrina Victoria. Victoria later in her life married her very handsome cousin Albert, who was the prince of Germany.

She was crowned at Westminster Abbey in the year 1838.

2. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson


She was the first woman who qualified as a doctor. She also, later on, found a hospital that was dedicated to the women and children of London

3. Mrs. Isabella Beeton


She was a very famous writer of those times. One of her book of household management is very famous and it became a bestseller then.

4. Alexander Graham Bell


There is hardly anyone who does not know him by his name. He was the inventor of the first telephone.

5. Isambard Kingdom Brunel


He was an engineer. His speciality was in making and designing railway tractions, bridges, ships, etc. He was the designer behind the creation of the Greta Western Railway.

This was the largest ship that was made in the 19th century.

6. Lewis Carroll (1832-1898)

His actual name was Charles L Dodgson. Lewis Carroll was a very famous author and the most popular book that he wrote was Alice in Wonderland.

7. Charles Dickens 1812-1870

He was the greatest novelist of those times. His novels were very different fro what people wrote at that time and they were completely outstanding. They were popular not just then but they are popular even now. The main theme of the books that he wrote was about thieves, schoolboys and also about convicts.

8. Benjamin Disreali (1804-1881)

He was the Prime Minister. He was also an author and he was a politician who known for the fancy clothes that he wore. He also made a lot of fun of Gladstone.

9. Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

The very famous character sketch of Sherlock Homes was created by him

10. Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

What he invented changed the lives of every person. He brought light to life by inventing the light bulb.

11. Mary Ann Evans (1819-1880)

She wrote a number of books and she wrote the books under the pen name of George Eliot.

12. Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

He wrote a number of novels, most of them were fictions.

13. William Gladstone (1809-1898)

He was made the prime minister 4 times. He was a religious and a god fearing man. He turned down the career of working in the church and he started working as a politician. He was an astute politician who had the sense of what is right and what is wrong.

14. Florence Nightingale (1820-1910)

She was also known as the lady with lamb. The modern nursing is attributed to her. During the Crimean war, she took the charge of nursing the soldiers.

Famous Victorian Social Activists and Reformers

These are the well-known Victorians who campaigned for improving human rights, against slavery, and for equality.

William Wilberforce (1759–1833) Campaigned to end slavery

Elizabeth Fry (1780–1845) Quaker prison reformer who helped improve conditions of prisoners sent for transportation, which led to the abolition of transportation as punishment.

Thomas Clarkson (1760–1846) English abolitionist & worked against slave trade.

William Booth (1829–1912) Founded Salvation Army

Robert Owen (1771–1858) Welsh social reformer – utopian socialist and co-operative movement.

Famous Women Suffragists Activists during the Victorian era

Emmeline Pankhurst (1858–1928) – British suffragette

Millicent Fawcett (1847–1929) British Suffragist who non-violently worked for women to have the right to vote higher education access to women.

Annie Besant (1847–1933) Women’s activist, campaigned for working-class, Theosophist and Indian nationalist.

Victorian Scientists

Charles Darwin (1809–1882) Naturalist known for the theory of evolution.

George Stephenson (1781–1848) Father of the railways, built the world’s first railway (including Manchester-Liverpool line) and changed the face of Victorian society.

Michael Faraday (1791–1867) Electricity’s practical use

Famous Victorian Poets

Famous Americans during the Victorian Times

Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) – inspired the nation with his words and helped to abolish slavery.

Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906) Women’s and human rights. Was arrested for voting with her trial becoming a landmark in the women’s suffrage movement

Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) American Poet who wrote almost 2000 poems but only about 12 were published in her lifetime.

Louise May Alcott (1832–1888) was a US writer known for Little Women, Little Men, and Jo’s Boys. Feminist, social activist, as a volunteer nurse, reported the conditions of the Civil War hospitals

Emily Murphy (1868–1933) – The first female Canadian magistrate in the British Empire

Famous Victorian Era American Authors

Famous Europeans during the Victorian Period

Louis Pasteur (1822–1895) Scientist who discovered vaccination. Helped stop bacteria growth in liquids (process known as pasteurization)

Marie Curie (1867–1934) Scientist and Nobel Prize winner in chemistry and Physics. Discovered a new element, Radium.

Giuseppe Garibaldi (1805–1872) Italian national hero.

Giuseppe Mazzini (1805–1872) Italian political activist

Famous Female Writers of the Victorian Era

Famous Victorian Novelists, Scientists, Politicians, Artists

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