What Happened in October 1809

Historical Events


Electoral defeatElection of Interest

Oct 4 Spencer Perceval becomes Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after William Cavendish-Bentinck, Duke of Portland retires due to ill health

British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister
Spencer Perceval
British Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck
British Prime Minister
William Cavendish-Bentinck


Famous Birthdays

  • Oct 2 Anton Emil Titl, Austrian composer, born in Nedvědice (d. 1882)
  • Oct 4 Prince Albert of Prussia, Prussian colonel general, born in Königsberg (d. 1872)
  • Oct 4 Robert Cumming Schenck, American Major General (Union Army), born in Franklin, Ohio (d. 1890)
  • Oct 11 Orson Squire Fowler, American phrenologist and lecturer, born in Cohocton, New York (d. 1887)
  • Oct 16 Francesco Schira, composer, born in Island of Malta (d. 1883)
  • Oct 22 Federico Ricci, composer
  • Oct 22 Volney E. Howard, American politician (d. 1889)
  • Oct 27 Peter Donders, Dutch Roman Catholic missionary to Suriname, born in Tilburg, Netherlands (d. 1887)

Famous Deaths

  • Oct 2 Wybo Fijnje, politician/patriot/journalist, dies at 59
  • Oct 8 James Elphinston, Scottish philologist, dies at 87

Person of interestMeriwether Lewis

Oct 11 Meriwether Lewis, American soldier, public administrator and explorer (Lewis & Clark Expedition), dies under mysterious circumstances at 35 along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee at an inn called Grinder's Stand

Soldier/Public Administrator Meriwether Lewis
Soldier/Public Administrator
Meriwether Lewis

Person of interestWilliam Cavendish-Bentinck

Oct 30 William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1783, 1807-09), dies after an operation to remove a kidney stone at 71

British Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck
British Prime Minister
William Cavendish-Bentinck