On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1790

  • Jan 2 Joseph Anton Feuchtmayer, German rococo sculptor, dies at 73
  • Jan 6 Johann Trier, German composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 7 Antonio Corbisiero, Italian Baroque composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 8 John Stinstra, Dutch baptist vicar, dies at 81
  • Jan 13 Luc Urbain de Bouëxic, comte de Guichen, French admiral, dies at 77
  • Jan 15 John Landen, English mathematician (b. 1719)
  • Jan 31 Thomas Lewis, Irish-American surveyor, lawyer, and a pioneer of early Virginia, dies at 71
  • Feb 5 William Cullen, Scottish physician and chemist, dies at 79
  • Feb 14 Capel Bond, composer, dies at 59
  • Feb 18 Wilhelm Gottfried Enderle, German composer and violinist, dies at 67
  • Feb 19 Jean-Baptiste Krumpholz [Jan Křtitel Krumpholtz], Czech-French harpist and composer, drowns himself over lost love, in the Seine River, at 47
  • Feb 20 Joseph II, Emperor of Holy Roman Empire (1760-1790), dies at 48
  • Feb 21 Johann Friedrich Klöffler, German composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 5 Flora MacDonald, Scottish woman who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape, buried in the sheet he slept in at 67 or 68
  • Mar 12 Andreas Hadik, Austro-Hungarian general (b. 1710)

Benjamin Franklin

Apr 17 Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father, inventor, ambassador and writer (Poor Richards Almanac), dies at 84

  • May 4 Matthew Tilghman, American delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1718)
  • May 9 William Clingan, American delegate to the Continental Congress
  • May 16 Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke, English politician, dies at 70
  • May 21 Thomas Warton, English critic and poet (Pleasures of Melancholy) British Poet Laureate (1785-90), dies at 62
  • May 27 Jeremiah Carlton, laziest man in history, heir to a large fortune at 19 went to bed & stayed there for next 70 yrs, dies at 89
  • May 29 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (b. 1718)
  • Jun 8 Charles-Joseph van Helmont, South Netherlands organist and composer, dies at 75
  • Jun 29 Feike Van de Crew, Fries writer (Mayke Jakkelis), dies
  • Jul 7 Franciscus "Frans" Hemsterhuis, Frisian philosopher, dies at 68
  • Jul 14 Ernst Gideon Freiherr von Laudon, Austrian field marshal, dies at 73

Adam Smith

Jul 17 Adam Smith, Scottish economist (Wealth of Nations) and moral philosopher, dies at 67

  • Jul 25 Johann Bernhard Basedow, German educational reformer, dies at 66
  • Jul 25 William Livingston, American politician and 1st revolutionary Governor of New Jersey, dies at 66
  • Jul 31 Johann Christian Frischmuth, German composer, dies at 48
  • Sep 2 Johann N von Hontheim, German religious historian/Bishop, dies
  • Sep 3 Thomas Norris, English composer, dies at 49
  • Sep 5 Thomas Norris, English singer and composer, dies at 49
  • Sep 24 John Keyse Sherwin, engraver/painter, dies
  • Oct 14 William Hooper, American attorney and signer of U.S. Declaration of Independence, dies at 48
  • Oct 19 Lyman Hall, American physician and signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 66
  • Oct 29 Pieter van Bleiswijk, Grand pensionary of Holland 1771-87, dies at about 66
  • Nov 6 James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician, dies at 64
  • Nov 16 Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • Dec 12 Mikhail Shcherbatov, Russian philosopher and writer, dies at 57
  • Dec 16 Ludwig August Lebrun, German composer, dies at 38