Famous Deaths in 1794

  • Jan 8 Justus Möser, German statesman (b. 1720)
  • Jan 10 Georg Forster, German writer, naturalist (A Voyage Round the World) and revolutionary, dies at 39

Person of interestEdward Gibbon

Jan 16 Edward Gibbon, English historian (The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire), dies in London at 56

Historian Edward Gibbon
Historian
Edward Gibbon
  • Jan 31 Marriott Arbuthnot, British admiral (b. 1711)
  • Mar 4 Henri de La Rochejacquelin, French Royalist Army leader, dies at 21

Person of interestMarquis de Condorcet

Mar 28 Marquis de Condorcet, French enlightenment philosopher, is murdered or commits suicide in prison at 50

Enlightenment Philosopher Marquis de Condorcet
Enlightenment Philosopher
Marquis de Condorcet
  • Mar 29 Marie-J-A-N C Condorcet, mathematician (Theory of Comets), dies at 50

Person of interestGeorges Danton

Apr 5 Georges Danton, French politician and revolutionary (1st president of the Committee of Public Safety during the French Revolution), executed by guillotine at 34

Politician and Revolutionary Georges Danton
Politician and Revolutionary
Georges Danton
  • Apr 8 Marie-Jean-Antoine-Nicholas-Caritat, mathematician dies
  • Apr 13 Nicolas Chamfort, French writer (b. 1741)
  • Apr 18 Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, Lord Chancellor of Great Britain (b. 1714)
  • Apr 23 Guillaume-Chrétien de Lamoignon de Malesherbes, French statesman (executed) (b. 1721)
  • Apr 27 William Jones, British Orientalist and jurist, dies at 47
  • May 6 Jean-Jacques Beauvarlet-Charpentier, French composer, dies at 59
  • May 8 Antoine-Laurent Lavoisier, father of modern chemistry (identified oxygen and hydrogen), guillotined at 50
  • May 10 Élisabeth of France, princess of France, youngest sister of king Louis XVI, beheaded at 30
  • Jun 8 G A Borger, writer, dies
  • Jun 14 Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford, Viceroy of Ireland, dies at 75
  • Jun 18 James Murray, British military officer and administrator (b. 1721)
  • Jun 19 Richard H Lee, US farmer (signed Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
  • Jun 20 Félix Vicq-d'Azyr, French physician and anatomist (discover the theory of homology in biology), dies at 46
  • Jun 27 Wenzel Anton Graf Kaunitz, Austrian statesman (b. 1711)
  • Jun 27 Philippe de Noailles, duc de Mouchy, French soldier (b. 1715)
  • Jul 2 Franz Xaver Thomas Pokorny, composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 7 Pascal Boyer, composer, dies at 51
  • Jul 17 Jean-Frédéric Edelmann, French composer, dies at 45
  • Jul 17 John Roebuck, English inventor and industrialist (b. 1718)
  • Jul 22 Jean-Benjamin de La Borde, French composer, dies at 59
  • Jul 25 Andrea-Marie Chenier, French poet (Avis aux Francais sur leurs), dies
  • Jul 28 Georges Couthon, French politician, beheaded at 39

Person of interestMaximilien Robespierre

Jul 28 Maximilien Robespierre, French revolutionary (President of the National Convention, Member of Committee of Public Safety), executed by guillotine at 36

Revolutionary Maximilien Robespierre
Revolutionary
Maximilien Robespierre
  • Aug 6 Henry Bathurst, 2nd Earl Bathurst, British politician (b. 1714)
  • Aug 11 Jakob Friedrich Kleinknecht, German composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 14 George Colman the Elder, English playwright, dies at 62
  • Sep 4 John Hely-Hutchinson, Irish statesman (b. 1724)
  • Sep 15 Abraham Clark, American signer of the Declaration of Independence (b. 1725)
  • Sep 25 Paul Rabaut, French Huguenot pastor (b. 1718)
  • Oct 12 James Lyon, American composer, dies at 59
  • Oct 20 James Adam, System architect (essays on agriculture), dies at about 64
  • Nov 3 François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis, French cardinal and statesman (b. 1715)
  • Nov 14 Pieter Nieuwland, prodigy/"Dutch Newton", dies at 30

Person of interestJohn Witherspoon

Nov 15 John Witherspoon, president of the College of New Jersey, dies at 71

Presbyterian Minister John Witherspoon
Presbyterian Minister
John Witherspoon
  • Nov 17 Jacques François Dugommier, French general, dies at 56
  • Nov 22 John Alsop, American Continental Congressman (b. 1724)
  • Nov 28 Friedrich WLGA von Steuben, Prussian/US inspector-general of Washingtons army, dies at 64

Person of interestFriedrich Wilhelm von Steuben

Nov 28 Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, Prussian-American military officer (major general of the Continental Army), dies at 64

Major General of the Continental Army Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben
Major General of the Continental Army
Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben