Famous Deaths in May 1840

  • May 5 Gottlob Benedikt Bierey, composer, dies at 67
  • May 5 Matthaus Fischer, composer, dies at 76
  • May 6 Francisco de Paula Santander, Colombian president and independence leader (b. 1792)
  • May 7 Caspar David Friedrich, German painter (b. 1774)
  • May 26 Sidney Smith, British admiral (b. 1764)
  • May 27 Niccolo Paganini, Italian composer and violinist, dies at 57
  • May 30 Dominique J de Eerens, gov-gen of Dutch-Indies, dies at 59