Famous Deaths in August 1887

  • Aug 1 Joseph Rainey, American politician, 1st African American in US House of Representatives (1870-1879), dies at 55
  • Aug 8 Alexander William Doniphan, American lawyer and soldier (b. 1808)
  • Aug 14 Richard Jeffries, English naturalist and essayist, dies of tuberculosis at 38
  • Aug 17 Franz Commer, composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 19 Alvan Clark, American Astronomer and telescope maker, dies at 83
  • Aug 20 Jules Laforgue, French poet (b. 1860)
  • Aug 27 Wilhelm Volkmar, composer, dies at 74