Famous People Who Died in 1799

  • Jan 6 Frederik, Dutch prince of Orange-Nassau and general, dies of a fever at 25
  • Jan 9 Maria Gaetana Agnesi, Italian scientist (b. 1718)
  • Jan 22 Horace Bénédict de Saussure, Swiss physicist, geologist and alpinist, dies at 58
  • Jan 26 Gabriel Christie, British general, dies at 76
  • Feb 4 Étienne-Louis Boullée, French architect (b. 1728)
  • Feb 7 Qianlong, Emperor of China, 6th Emperor of the Qing Dynasty, dies at 87
  • Feb 12 František Xaver Dušek, Czech composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 12 Lazzaro Spallanzani, Italian physiologist and biologist, dies at 70
  • Feb 16 Charles Theodore, German Elector of Bavaria(1742-77), dies at 74
  • Feb 18 Maurus Haberhauer, Czech composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 19 Jean-Charles de Borda, French mathematician, physicist, political scientist, and sailor, dies at 65
  • Feb 22 Heshen, infamous Qing Dynasty Chinese official at court (b. 1750)
  • Feb 24 Broerius Brorius, theologist (Pensive Christian), dies at about 41
  • Feb 24 Georg Christoph Lichtenberg, German physicist and writer (types of Lichtenberg), dies at 56
  • Mar 18 John Randall, British composer, dies at 82
  • Mar 25 Constantin Reindl, German composer, dies at 60
  • Mar 28 Etta L J "baronne" Palm-Aelders, Dutch adventurer/spy, dies at 55
  • Apr 1 Narciso Casanovas, composer, dies at 52
  • Apr 17 Richard Jupp, English architect (East India House) (b. 1728)
  • Apr 19 Pieter Hellendaal, Dutch violinist, organist, and composer (Glees), dies at 78
  • Apr 28 Francois Giroust, French composer, dies at 62
  • May 2 Henri-Joseph Rigel, German composer, dies at 58

Tipu SultanTipu Sultan (1750-1799)

May 4 Indian ruler of the Kingdom of Mysore (1782-99) and pioneer of rocket artillery known as the "Tiger of Mysore", killed by British forces in the Battle of Seringapatam at 48

  • May 9 Claude-Bénigne Balbastre, French organist, harpsichordist, and composer, dies at 74
  • May 18 Pierre de Beaumarchais, French polymath & dramatist (The Marriage of Figaro, Barber of Seville), dies at 67
  • May 26 James Burnett, Lord Monboddo, Scottish judge (b. 1714)
  • May 31 Pierre Lemonnier, French astronomer (b. 1715)

Patrick HenryPatrick Henry (1736-1799)

Jun 6 American Revolutionary and Founding Father famous for his "Give me liberty or give me death" speech, dies at 63

  • Jun 7 Increase Sumner, American politician (5th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 52
  • Jun 18 Johann Andre, German composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 7 William Curtis, English botanist and publisher (Botanical Magazine), dies at 53
  • Aug 2 Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier, French inventor (1st hot air balloon), dies at 54
  • Aug 5 Richard Howe, British admiral, dies at 73
  • Aug 6 Joseph Friebert, Austrian composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 7 John Bacon, English sculptor - most successful public sculptor of his time, dies at 58
  • Aug 15 Giuseppe Parini, Italian prose writer and poet (Il Giorno), dies at 70
  • Aug 16 Vincenzo Manfredini, Italian harpsichordist, composer, and music theorist, dies at 61
  • Aug 20 Johann Christian Gottlob Eidenbenz, German composer, dies at 37

Pius VIPius VI (1717-1799)

Aug 29 Italian Pope (1775-99), dies at 71

  • Aug 31 Nicolas-Henri Jardin, French architect (b. 1720)
  • Sep 7 Jan Ingenhousz, Dutch-English physiologist (discovering photosynthesis) and personal physician of Maria Theresa, dies at 68
  • Sep 7 Louis Guillaume Lemonnier, French botanist and contributor to the Encyclopédie ou Dictionnaire raisonné des sciences, des arts et des métiers, dies at 82
  • Oct 5 Antonio Dinis da Cruz e Silva, Portuguese poet (O Hissope), dies at 68
  • Oct 16 Antoine-Frederic Gresnick, Belgian composer, dies at 44
  • Oct 23 William Paca, American judge and signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 58
  • Oct 24 Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, Austrian violinist and composer, dies at 59
  • Nov 22 Baroness van Dorth, orangist, executed
  • Dec 5 Robert Kimmerling, Austrian composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 6 Joseph Black, Scottish chemist and physicist known for his discoveries of magnesium, latent heat and carbon dioxide, dies at 71

George WashingtonGeorge Washington (1732-1799)

Dec 14 American Founding Father, Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during War for Independence and 1st President of the United States (1789-97), dies at 67

  • Dec 18 Jean-Étienne Montucla, French mathematician, dies at 74
  • Dec 20 David Traugott Nicolai, German composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 31 Jean-François Marmontel, French historian and writer, dies at 76