Famous Deaths in 1861

  • Jan 2 Frederik Willem IV, King of Prussia (1840-61)/Germ (1849-61), dies at 65
  • Jan 17 Lola Montez, Irish-born adventurer (b. 1821)
  • Jan 31 Franciscus J van Vree, Dutch Catholic foreman, dies at 53
  • Feb 10 Francis Danby, Exmouth, painter, dies
  • Feb 12 Hippolyte-Andre-Baptiste Chelard, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 18 Louis C Luzac, Dutch minister of Internal affairs, dies at 74
  • Mar 10 Josepf Francois Snel, composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 10 Taras Shevchenko, Ukrainian poet (b. 1814)
  • Mar 14 Abraham Louis Niedermeyer, composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 17 Petter Conrad Boman, composer, dies at 56
  • Apr 4 John McLean, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1785)

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Apr 8 Elisha Otis, American founder of the Otis Elevator Company and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails, dies of diphtheria at 50

Inventor and Elevator Industrialist Elisha Otis
Inventor and Elevator Industrialist
Elisha Otis
  • Apr 11 Francisco González Bocanegra, Mexican poet (b. 1824)
  • Apr 18 Heinrich August Neithardt, composer, dies at 67
  • May 3 Anthony Philip Heinrich, composer, dies at 80
  • May 9 Peter Ernst von Lasaulx, German philosopher and writer (b. 1805)
  • May 12 Christian Heinrich Hohmann, composer, dies at 50
  • May 24 Elmer Ellsworth, US warrior (Chicago Zouaves), shot to death at 23
  • May 24 James T Jackson, US landlord (doodde EE Ellsworth), shot dead)
  • Jun 1 John Q Marr, US Confederate captain, dies in battle at Fairfax Courthouse, the first Confederate death of the war
  • Jun 3 Stephen A Douglas, "Little Giant", senator (Lincoln Debates), dies
  • Jun 5 John Garland, US Union colonel/brigadier general, dies in battle
  • Jun 5 Tomas Genoves y Lapetra, composer, dies at 55
  • Jun 6 Giuseppe Concone, Italian singing teacher, dies at 59
  • Jun 6 Count Camillo Benso di Cavour, Prime Minister of Italy (b. 1810)

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Jun 13 Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin, French magician and father of modern magic, dies of pneumonia at 65

  • Jun 25 Abd-ul-Mejid, Ottoman Sultan (b. 1823)

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Jun 29 Elizabeth Barrett Browning, British poet and writer ("How Do I Love thee"), dies at 55

  • Jul 2 Peter A de Genestet, vicar/poet, dies at 31
  • Jul 7 John Willis Ellis, US governor of NC (1858-61), dies
  • Jul 13 Robert Selden Garnett, US Confederate Brigadier General, dies at 41
  • Jul 21 Francis Stebbins Bartow, Confederate colonel, dies in battle at 44
  • Jul 22 Barnard Elliot Bee, US Confederate brigadier general, dies at 37
  • Jul 25 Jonas Furrer, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1805)
  • Aug 10 Nathaniel Lyon, American Brigadier-General (Union Army), 1st Union General to die in battle at 43
  • Aug 12 Eliphalet Remington, American inventor, designer of the Remington rifle (b. 1793)
  • Aug 17 Alcée Louis la Branche, American Politician (b. 1806)
  • Aug 22 Xianfeng, Emperor of China (b. 1831)
  • Aug 29 Franz Joseph Glaser, composer, dies at 63
  • Sep 14 Fortunato Santini, composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 5 Antoni Melchior Fijałkowski, Polish bishop (b. 1778)
  • Oct 6 Elias Canneman, liberal minister of Finance (1813-14), dies at 84
  • Oct 21 Edward Dickinson Baker, US attorney/senator, dies in battle at 50
  • Oct 21 John Breckinridge Grayson, Confederate brigadier general, dies
  • Oct 25 Friedrich C von Savigny, German lawyer, dies at 82
  • Nov 11 Pedro V van Alcantara, King of Portugal (1853-61), dies at 24
  • Nov 28 Robert Fuhrer, composer, dies at 54
  • Dec 14 Albert, Prince consort of England and husband of Queen Victoria, dies at 42

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Dec 14 George Hamilton-Gordon, 4th Earl of Aberdeen, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Peelite: 1852-55) and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, dies at 76

British Prime Minister George Hamilton-Gordon
British Prime Minister
George Hamilton-Gordon
  • Dec 14 Heinrich August Marschner, composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 15 Gualtiero Sanelli, composer, dies at 45
  • Dec 16 Karol Joseph Lipinski, composer, dies at 71
  • Dec 26 Philip St George Cocke, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), commits suicide at 52