Figures From the 18th Century

Based on the descriptions, name these famous people from the 1700s.
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Last updated: December 29, 2019
First submittedNovember 16, 2013
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Writer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence
Thomas Jefferson
Considered Russia's greatest female leader
Catherine the Great
British explorer who "discovered" Hawaii and was killed there
Captain Cook
French king who was beheaded
Louis XVI
Wife of the above, famously misquoted as saying "Let them eat cake"
Marie Antoinette
Musical genius of Salzburg and Vienna
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Mad king who lost Britain's American colonies
George III
Author of "The Wealth of Nations"
Adam Smith
Greatly improved the steam engine
James Watt
Wrote "The Sorrows of Young Werther" and "Faust"
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Writer of the pre-eminent English dictionary (at the time)
Samuel Johnson
The national poet of Scotland
Robert Burns
King who made Prussia a great power
Frederick the Great
Britain's first prime minister (de facto)
Robert Walpole
Political theorist who wrote "Common Sense" and "Rights of Man"
Thomas Paine
Genevan philosopher who wrote about "The Social Contract"
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Almanac maker and bifocals inventor
Benjamin Franklin
"Incorruptible" French revolutionary with an affinity for the guillotine
Maximilien de Robespierre
Invented the smallpox vaccine
Edward Jenner
Author of "Robinson Crusoe"
Daniel Defoe
Level 80
Mar 16, 2014
Now there's a list of people to put the 21st century to shame. No Biebers here.
Level 54
Mar 16, 2014
Considering the fact that we're only 14 years into the 21st century, I wouldn't panic yet
Level 83
Mar 16, 2014
I'm sure that by the time the 24th century rolls around nobody will know who Justin Bieber was.
Level 50
Jun 24, 2014
So true.
Level 74
Mar 21, 2017
He could discover the cure for cancer. Or not lol!
Level 55
Mar 22, 2017
Without fellows like him it would be hard to spend so much time atop my high horse
Level 82
Jul 10, 2014
I would suspect the 21st century already has a good list going. And I'm sure the 18th century had its own Biebers that didn't make the list.
Level 77
Mar 21, 2017
Beethoven was considered a rebel in his day, yet he endured the passages of time. Who knows who will be considered musical greats from our generation? I don't remember hearing anything by Bieber so I can't say about his chances, but it seems to be those who are innovative who are remembered.
Level 87
Mar 21, 2017
The only Bieber I can tolerate is Joel Bieber of the Joel Bieber law firm.
Level 60
Mar 17, 2014
Tried Payne, Pain, and Pane. Of course it's spelled Paine!
Level 24
Mar 17, 2014
Thank you World History class.
Level 48
Mar 21, 2017
Level 75
Jun 4, 2014
Didn't John Locke talk about a social contract as well? He just sneaked into the 18th century.
Level 66
Mar 29, 2015
"He disagrees with what you say but will defend to the death your right to say it" appreciate the way that this is not explicitly worded as a quote
Level 68
Mar 6, 2017
It wasn't even Voltaire who said it. It was Evelyn Hall, when she wrote about Voltaire.
Level 73
Mar 21, 2017
Thanks Blackadder, for helping me to remember Samuel Johnson.
Level 44
Mar 21, 2017
Could not spell Maximilien for the life of me
Level 87
Mar 21, 2017
You could also try "Robespierre."
Level 27
Mar 21, 2017
Too many type ins - I knew there were a lot of French kings calle Louis so I typed it and it worked. Same with George, but I did at least know it was one of the Georges.
Level 66
Mar 22, 2017
Probably should have just guessed "Smith" and "Johnson".
Level 60
Aug 26, 2017
were bifocals not invented earlier ? I read they already existed in the middle ages. IN the name of the rose, they are mentioned - but that is a novel of course.
Level 46
Aug 1, 2018
Thanks, Angelica Schuyler. You've been of great help today.

(Yes, 75% of my knowledge surrounding the American Revolution comes from Hamilton and Assassin's Creed III. I have absolutely no shame)

Level 84
Oct 23, 2018
Surely there was at least one significant figure from either Asia or Africa in the 1700's, although I must admit I'm having trouble thinking of one.
Level 89
Dec 15, 2019
Could have Kangxi (Chinese emperor and incidentally smallpox survivor) or Tokugawa Ieyasu - Tokugawa was the first shogun of the Tokugawa shogunate in Japan
Level 87
Dec 22, 2019
As memory serves me, his defining moment came in 1600 and he turned over the shogunate not many years later and died 12, 15 years later, something. Not exactly a figure of the 18th Century.
Level 78
Oct 13, 2021
Bit embarrassed as a Brit for not knowing Walpole. Judging by the stats though, I'm not alone...