Famous Deaths in 1859

  • Jan 8 Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist, dies at 50
  • Jan 18 Alfred Vail, American inventor and early telegraph pioneer, dies at 51
  • Jan 20 B v Arnim, writer, dies at 73
  • Jan 20 Bettina Brentano, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 27 Carl A Agardh, Swedish botanist/bishop of Karlstad, dies at 74
  • Jan 28 Frederick John Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (b. 1782)
  • Jan 29 Seth Thomas, American Manufacturer and pioneer in the mass production of clocks, dies at 73
  • Feb 6 Johannes Josephus Viotta, composer, dies at 45
  • Feb 23 Zygmunt KrasiƄski, Polish Romantic poet (b. 1812)
  • Feb 26 Ferdinand Lukas Schubert, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 1 Josef Theodor Krov, composer, dies at 61
  • Apr 12 John Emde, German evangelist, dies at about 84
  • Apr 16 Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian (b. 1805)
  • Apr 30 Sergei T Aksakov, Russian writer (Bagrova-vnuka), dies at 67
  • May 2 Eliza Courtney, English illegitimate daughter of Charles Grey and Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, dies at 67
  • May 4 Joseph Diaz Gergonne, French mathematician (b. 1771)
  • May 5 Peter G L Dirichlet, German mathematician, dies at 53
  • May 6 Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, explorer/scientist, dies

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May 6 Alexander von Humboldt, German naturalist, dies at 89

Naturalist and Explorer Alexander von Humboldt
Naturalist and Explorer
Alexander von Humboldt
  • May 10 John Archduke of Austria, dies
  • May 22 Ferdinand II, [Re Bomba], Dutch King of Sicily, dies at 49
  • Jun 7 David Cox, English artist (b. 1783)

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Jun 8 Walter Hunt, American inventor (safety pin, sewing machine), dies at 62

Inventor Walter Hunt
Inventor
Walter Hunt
  • Jun 18 Joseph Hartmann Stuntz, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 27 Jean C Baud, gov-gen of Dutch-Indies (1834-36), dies at 69
  • Jul 5 Charles Cagniard de la Tour, French physicist (b. 1777)
  • Jul 8 F J Oscar I, King of Sweden/Norway (1844-59), dies at 60
  • Jul 20 Hans E Schack, Danish politician/writer (Fantasy), dies
  • Jul 29 Auguste Mathieu Panseron, composer, dies at 63

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Aug 2 Horace Mann, American education advocate, dies at 63

Father of American Education Horace Mann
Father of American Education
Horace Mann
  • Aug 4 Jean Vianney, French parish priest (b. 1786)
  • Aug 10 George Staunton, writer
  • Sep 5 W Friedrich Olivier, German landscape painter, dies at 68
  • Sep 13 Cornelis J van Axes, lawyer, dies at 71
  • Sep 15 John LA Luyten, Catholic Member of Dutch 2nd parliament, dies at 72
  • Sep 15 Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer (b. 1806)
  • Sep 19 John Pringle Nichol, Scottish Astronomer and educator, dies at 55
  • Sep 28 Rinse Posthumus, Fries writer, dies
  • Oct 4 Karl Baedeker, German tour guide (Die Schweiz), dies at 57
  • Oct 22 Louis (Ludwig) Spohr, composer (Faust), dies at 75
  • Nov 7 Carl Gottlieb Reissiger, composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 22 Ludwig "Louis" Spohr, German violinist/composer (Faust), dies at 75

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Nov 28 Washington Irving, American author (Legend of Sleepy Hollow), dies of a heart attack at 76

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Dec 2 John Brown, American abolitionist and revolutionary (Harpers Ferry), hanged at 59

Abolitionist John Brown
Abolitionist
John Brown
  • Dec 5 Louis Poinsot, French mathematician/instrument maker, dies at 82
  • Dec 8 Thomas De Quincey, English writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater), dies at 74

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Dec 16 Wilhelm Grimm, writer, dies at 73

  • Dec 21 Nicolaas C Kist, Dutch church historian/archivist, dies at 66
  • Dec 28 Thomas Babington Macaulay, English essayist/historian, dies
  • Dec 31 Luigi Ricci, Italian composer, dies at 54