Famous Deaths in 1838

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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