Famous Deaths in 1885

  • Jan 4 Eduard Yosif Kotek, composer, dies at 29
  • Jan 6 Peter C Asbjornsen, Norwegian fairy tale writer, dies at 72
  • Jan 13 Schuyler Colfax, American politician (b.1823)
  • Jan 19 Fred Burnaby, English colonel/balloon pioneer, dies in battle
  • Jan 24 Martin R Delany, African American nationalist and Physician (1st African American major in US Army), dies at 72
  • Jan 26 Charles George Gordon, British Governor-General of Sudan, executed at 51
  • Jan 26 Edward Davy, English inventor (b. 1806)
  • Feb 14 Jules Vallès, French writer (b. 1832)
  • Feb 15 Leopold Damrosch, composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 18 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, English contralto and composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 28 Fredrick Vilhelm Ludvig Norman, composer, dies at 53
  • Mar 31 Franz W Abbot, German composer/choir conductor, dies at 65
  • Mar 31 Philipp Fahrbach, composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 7 Carl Theodor Ernst von Siebold, German physiologist (b. 1804)
  • Apr 10 John H Scholten, theologist (Free Want), dies at 73
  • Apr 23 William Henry Holmes, composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 30 J. P. [Jens Peter] Jacobsen, Danish writer (Niels Lyhne), dies of tuberculosis at 38
  • May 4 Aleksandar I Karadjordjevic, monarch of Serbia (1842-58), dies at 78
  • May 5 Lauro Rossi, Italian composer (I falsi monetari), dies at 73
  • May 8 Pavel Krizkovsky, composer, dies at 65
  • May 10 Edward Stephen, composer, dies at 62
  • May 10 Ferdinand Hiller, composer, dies at 73
  • May 11 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist/composer/conductor, dies at 73
  • May 13 Juliana Horatia [Gatty] Ewing, author (Lob Lie-by-the-Fire), dies
  • May 13 Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle, German physician (b. 1809)
  • May 19 Peter W. Barlow, English engineer (b. 1809)
  • May 21 Gavril Yakimovich Lomakin, composer, dies at 73

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May 22 Victor(-Marie) Hugo, French writer (Les Miserables), dies at 83

Author Victor Hugo
Author
Victor Hugo
  • May 29 Alfred von Meissner, Austria physician/writer (Ziska), dies at 63
  • Jun 5 Julius Benedict, composer (Protoghesi), dies at 80
  • Jun 8 Ignace Bourget, Bishop of Montreal (b. 1799)
  • Jun 14 Agustin Bethencourt, Venezuelan publisher on Curacao, dies at 58
  • Jun 16 Wilhelm Camphausen, German painter (b. 1818)
  • Jun 17 Gen Edwin H K Freiherr von Manteuffel, mayor (Elzas-Lothar'n), dies
  • Jun 22 Mahdi, [Muhammad Ahmed], Sudanese music reviewer, dies
  • Jul 1 Hermann von Fehling, German chemist (Fehling's reagens), dies at 73
  • Jul 7 Nicola De Giosa, composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 8 Henry Waelput, Flemish composer/conductor (Blessing of Arms), dies
  • Jul 15 Rosalia de Castro, Spanish writer and poet in the Galician language ('Séculos Escuros') (b. 1837)
  • Jul 17 Jean-Charles Chapais, Canadian politician (b. 1811)

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Jul 23 Ulysses S. Grant, 18th US President (1869-77) and Union general, dies of esophageal cancer in Mount McGregor NY at 63

US President & Union General Ulysses S. Grant
US President & Union General
Ulysses S. Grant
  • Aug 7 Antony EJ Modderman, Dutch minister of Justice (1879-83), dies at 46
  • Aug 12 Georg Curtius, German classical/linguist/philologist, dies at 65
  • Aug 20 Edouard J A Agneessens, Flemish painter (Slave Market), dies at 42
  • Aug 28 Julius Hopp, Austrian composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 13 Friedrich Kiel, Austrian composer (b. 1821)
  • Sep 15 Juliusz Zarebski, composer, dies at 31
  • Sep 15 Jumbo, P. T. Barnum's circus elephant (hit by a train)
  • Sep 30 Maria J Small-Gartmann, actress, dies at 60
  • Oct 10 John McCloskey, 1st American cardinal and Archbishop of New York, dies at 75
  • Oct 23 Charles S. West, Texas jurist and politician (b. 1829)

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Oct 29 George McClellan, Union army major general, dies of a heart attack at 58

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • Oct 29 James Hannington, English missionary, murdered in Uganda
  • Oct 30 Gustav Merkel, German organist and composer, dies at 57
  • Nov 8 Johannes Kneppelhout, [Klikspaan], Dutch humorist/author, dies at 71

BattleExecution

Nov 16 Louis Riel, Canadian rebel leader and "Father of Manitoba", hanged for treason at 41

Politician Louis Riel
Politician
Louis Riel
  • Nov 24 Alfonso XII, king of Spain (1875-85), dies at 27
  • Nov 25 Alfonso XII, king of Spain (1874-85), dies at 27
  • Nov 25 Thomas A. Hendricks, 21st US Vice President (D), dies 8 months after taking office at 66
  • Nov 26 Thomas Andrews, Irish chemist and physicist (ozone), dies at 71
  • Dec 8 William Henry Vanderbilt, member of the Vanderbilt family (b. 1821)
  • Dec 24 Louis-Prosper Gachard, Belgian historian, dies at 85