Famous Deaths in 1838

  • Jan 13 Ferdinand Ries, German composer dies at 53
  • Jan 16 Aleksandr I Polezjajev, Russian poet (Sasjka), dies at 33 [OS]
  • Jan 20 Pierre-Louis Hus-Desforges, composer, dies at 64
  • Jan 23 Arnold A Buyskes, Dutch vice-admiral/colonial director, dies at 67
  • Jan 28 Aleksandr I Polezjajev, Russian poet (Sasjka), dies at 33 [NS]
  • Jan 30 Osceola, chief of Seminole indians, dies in jail
  • Feb 1 Abraham de Veer, Dutch gov-gen of Suriname (1822-28), dies at 71
  • Feb 5 Philippe Libon, composer, dies at 62
  • Feb 22 Friedrich Johann Eck, composer, dies at 70
  • Mar 16 Nathaniel Bowditch, astronomer/navigation expert, dies at 64
  • Mar 22 Hendrik Fagel, Dutch/English baron, dies at 73
  • Mar 24 Thomas Attwood, composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 3 Francesco Antommarchi, Napoleon's physician on St Helena, dies at 57
  • Apr 6 Jose B de Andrada e Silva, premier of Brazil (1822-23), dies at 74
  • Apr 11 Pieter L Uys, South African pioneer (Great Pull), murdered at 40
  • Apr 17 J Schopenhauer, writer, dies at 71
  • Apr 23 John W Janssens, gov-gen of Cape Colony/Dutch-Indies, dies at 75
  • May 17 Charles Maurice de Talleyrand, French diplomat (b. 1754)
  • May 17 René Caillé, French explorer (b. 1799)
  • May 23 John W Janssens, gov-gen (Cape Colony), dies at 75
  • May 28 Thomas Busby, composer, dies
  • Jun 25 François Nicolas Benoît, Baron Haxo, French general (b. 1774)
  • Jul 10 Willem earl van Hogendorp, Dutch colonial governor, dies at about 43
  • Jul 17 John Whites, hydraulic engineer, dies at 82
  • Jul 19 Frederic Nicolas Duvernoy, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 28 Bernhard Henrik Crusell, composer, dies at 62
  • Jul 29 Jonathan Huntington, composer, dies at 66
  • Aug 19 James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Adelbert von Chamisso, French writer (Peter Schlemihl), dies at 57

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Sep 1 William Clark, American explorer, soldier, Indian agent and territorial governor who lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06 and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States, dies at 68

Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition
William Clark
  • Sep 5 Charles Percier, French architect (b. 1764)
  • Sep 7 Joseph Panny, composer, dies at 43
  • Sep 8 Pietro Rovelli, composer, dies at 45
  • Oct 1 Charles Tennant, Scottish chemist and industrialist (b. 1768)
  • Oct 3 Black Hawk (chief), Leader of the Sauk Native American tribe (b. 1767)
  • Oct 4 Eleanore Sophia Maria Westenholz, composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 19 Henry Fagel, baron/court clerk of States-General/diplomat, dies at 73
  • Nov 24 Karl Ludwig Hellwig, composer, dies at 65
  • Dec 14 Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician and Patriote (b. 1806)