Famous Deaths in 1785

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  • Jan 3 Baldassare Galuppi, Italian composer (b. 1706)
  • Jan 6 Haym Salomon, dies in Philadelphia at 44, helped finance the revolution
  • Jan 19 Jonathan Toup, English classical scholar and critic (b. 1713)
  • Jan 23 Matthew Stewart, Scottish mathematician (b. 1717)
  • Feb 6 Iman Willem Falck, Dutch governor of Ceylon (1765-83), dies at 48
  • Feb 19 Johann Christoph Richter, composer, dies at 84
  • Feb 24 Carlo Bonaparte, Corsican attorney, dies at 39
  • Apr 14 William Whitehead, English writer and poet, British Poet Laureate (1757-85), dies at about 70
  • Apr 26 Karl Siegmund von Seckendorff, composer, dies at 40
  • Apr 30 Frederick Philipse III, land owner (Bronx, Westch & Putnam), dies at 65
  • May 8 Pietro Longhi, painter, dies
  • May 8 Étienne François, duc de Choiseul, French statesman (b. 1719)
  • May 9 Franz Xaver Schnitzer, composer, dies at 44
  • May 10 Etienne Joseph Floquet, composer, dies at 36
  • May 15 Karel Blazej Kopriva, Czech organist and composer, dies at 29
  • May 23 William Woollett, engraver, dies
  • Jun 2 Jean Paul de Gua de Malves, French mathematician (b. 1713)
  • Jun 5 Gottfried August Homilius, composer, dies at 71
  • Jun 6 Johann Michael Demmler, composer, dies at 36
  • Jun 25 Pierre Talon, French composer and cellist, dies at 63
  • Jun 25 Pieter Kintsius, VOC-supercarga/chief on Macau, dies at 53
  • Jun 27 Egbert de Free Temminck, Amsterdam regent, dies at 84
  • Jun 30 James Oglethorpe, English general and founder of the state of Georgia (b. 1696)
  • Jul 13 Stephen Hopkins, US judge/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 78
  • Aug 14 John William Fletcher, evangelist, dies
  • Aug 17 Jonathan Trumbull, US patriot, dies
  • Aug 21 Jean B Pigalle, French sculptor (Child with Pigeon), dies
  • Aug 26 George Germain, 1st Viscount Sackville, British soldier and politician (b. 1716)
  • Oct 4 David Brearly, American statesman (b. 1703)
  • Oct 24 Jean-Jacques Robson, composer, dies at 64
  • Oct 30 Gustaf P Creutz, Swedish diplomat/poet (Daphne), dies at 54
  • Nov 18 Louis Philip I, Duke of Orléans, French soldier and writer (b. 1725)
  • Nov 19 Bernard de Bury, composer, dies at 65
  • Nov 25 Richard Glover, British poet (b. 1712)
  • Nov 28 William Whipple, merchant/judge/signer (US Declaration of Independence), dies at 55
  • Dec 8 Antonio Maria Mazzoni, composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 29 Johann Heinrich Rolle, composer, dies at 69
  • Dec 29 Johan Herman Wessel, Norwegian poet (b. 1742)