Famous Deaths in 1848

  • Jan 5 Ferdinando Orlandi, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 9 Caroline Herschel, German-born pioneering female astronomer (comet 35P/Herschel-Rigolle), dies at 97
  • Jan 20 Christian VIII of Denmark (b. 1786)
  • Feb 15 Hermann von Boyen, Prussian field marshal (b. 1771)
  • Feb 20 [Willem] Alexander FCNM, prince of Neth/gen-maj, dies at 29

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Feb 23 John Quincy Adams, 6th US President (1825-1829), dies of a stroke at 80

6th US President John Quincy Adams
6th US President
John Quincy Adams
  • Mar 3 Heinrich Olivier, German painter, dies
  • Mar 20 Abraham des Amorie van der Hoeven, Dutch theologist/poet, dies at 27
  • Mar 26 Steen Steensen Blicher, Danish poet and short-story writer (E Binddstouw), dies at 65

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Mar 29 John Jacob Astor [Johann Jakob Astor] German-American businessman (first multi-millionaire in the United States), dies at 84

Businessman John Jacob Astor
Businessman
John Jacob Astor

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Apr 4 Ludwig Leichhardt, German explorer of northern and central Australia, dies on an expedition at 34

Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt
Explorer and Naturalist
Ludwig Leichhardt
  • Apr 8 Domenico Gaetano Maria Donizetti, Italian composer, dies at 50
  • Apr 10 Godert AGP baron van Capellen, gove-gen of Dutch-Indies, dies at 69
  • Apr 24 Francois van Campenhout, Belgian composer (Brabanconne), dies at 69
  • Apr 30 Friedrich Freiherr Gagern, German/Dutch army commandant, dies at 53
  • May 11 Tom Cribb, English boxer (b. 1781)
  • May 18 William A Leidesdorf, mixed-race early Californian, dies at 38 in SF
  • May 25 Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German writer (b. 1797)
  • May 31 Eugénie de Guérin, French writer (b. 1805)
  • Jun 26 Stevenson Archer, American judge and Congressmen from Maryland, dies at 61
  • Jun 27 Denis-Auguste Affre, archbsp of Paris (1840-48), shot to death at 54
  • Jun 27 Zschokke, writer, dies
  • Jul 4 Francois Rene de Chateaubriand, French novelist (Atala)/diplomat, dies
  • Jul 22 Karl Guhr, German composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 6 Nicola Vaccai, Italian composer, dies at 58
  • Aug 7 Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist (b. 1779)
  • Aug 9 Frederick Marryat, English captain/author (Mr Midshipman Easy), dies

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Aug 12 George Stephenson, English engineer known as the "Father of Railways" (Locomotion No. 1, Standard Guage), dies of pleurisy at 67

Engineer Known as the Father of Railways George Stephenson
Engineer Known as the Father of Railways
George Stephenson
  • Aug 15 Timothy Olmstead, early American composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 11 Henri-Philippe Gerard, composer, dies at 87
  • Sep 24 Branwell Brontë [Patrick Branwell Brontë], English painter and writer and brother of the writers Charlotte, Emily and Anne, dies at 31
  • Oct 4 Louis Massonneau, composer, dies at 82
  • Oct 5 Joseph Hormayr Freiherr zu Hortenburg, Austrian politician (b. 1781)
  • Oct 26 Vissarion G Belinski, Russian literature critic, dies
  • Oct 27 Alexander Egorovich Varlamov, composer, dies at 46
  • Nov 10 Christian VIII of Denmark, King of Denmark (b. 1786)
  • Nov 15 P Rossi, Italian, murdered
  • Nov 17 Jozef B "Olim" Cannaert, Flemish lawyer, dies
  • Nov 23 Alfred Julius Becher, composer, dies at 45

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Nov 24 William Lamb, 2ng Viscount Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig 1834, 1835-41), dies at 69

British Prime Minister William Lamb
British Prime Minister
William Lamb
  • Dec 18 Bernard Bolzano, Bohemian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1781)
  • Dec 19 Adam FJA van Duyn, governor of South Holland, dies at 77

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Dec 19 Emily Brontë, English novelist (Wuthering Heights), dies of tuberculosis at 30

  • Dec 25 Johann Erik Nordblom, composer, dies at 60
  • Dec 31 Oliver Shaw, early American composer, dies at 69