On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1803

  • Jan 2 Ignaz Franz von Beecke, German composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 18 Ippolit Bogdanovich, Russian poet (b. 1743)
  • Jan 23 Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer and founder of the Guinness brewery, dies at 77
  • Jan 26 Georg von Pasterwiz, Austrian composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 3 Pedro Rodríguez de Campomanes y Pérez, 1st Count of Campomanes, Spanish economist and literary, dies at 79
  • Feb 9 Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French poet (b. 1716)
  • Feb 16 Jan V clav Stich, Bohemian composer, dies at 56
  • Feb 18 J W L Gleim, writer, dies
  • Feb 20 Marie Dumesnil, French actress (Iphigénie en Aulide), dies at 90
  • Feb 21 Edward Despard, last person drawn & quartered in England
  • Mar 13 William Emes, English landscape architect (b. 1729 or 1730)
  • Mar 14 Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, German poet (Der Messias), dies at 78
  • Mar 17 Candido Jose Ruano, Spanish composer, dies at 42
  • Mar 29 Gottfried van Swieten, Dutch composer (b. 1733)
  • Apr 2 Hieronymus van Alphen, Dutch attorney/poet (church hymns), dies at 56

Person of interestToussaint Louverture

Apr 7 Toussaint Louverture, Haitian general, revolutionary and most famous of the leaders of the Haitian Revolution, dies while in prison in France at about 59

General and Revolutionary Toussaint Louverture
General and Revolutionary
Toussaint Louverture

  • Apr 15 Václav Norbert Brixi, Czech organist, composer and priest (aka s Jeroným) dies at 65
  • Apr 18 Louis François Antoine Arbogast, French mathematician (Du calcul des derivations), dies at 43
  • Jun 8 Joannes Natalis Paquot, Belgian priest/historian, dies at 80
  • Jun 22 Wilhelm Heinse, German writer and critic, dies at 57
  • Jun 24 Matthew Thornton, Irish/American physician/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 88
  • Jul 5 William Jackson [Jackson of Exeter], English composer and organist, dies at 73
  • Jul 14 Esteban Salas y Castro, Cuban composer, dies at 77
  • Jul 23 Arthur Wolfe, 1st viscount Kilwarden/Chief Justice of Ireld, murdered
  • Aug 18 James Beattie, Scottish poet and philosopher (Essay on Truth), dies at 67
  • Aug 28 Charles L Fournier, Flemish writer and painter, dies
  • Sep 5 Francois Devienne, composer, dies at 44
  • Sep 9 Armand-Emmanuel Trial, composer, dies at 32
  • Sep 13 John Barry, 1st American commodore, dies
  • Sep 15 Gian Francesco Albani, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1719)
  • Sep 16 Nicolas Baudin, French explorer (b. 1754)
  • Sep 17 Franz Xaver Sussmayr, composer, dies
  • Sep 20 Robert Emmet, Irish nationalist, executed
  • Sep 30 Charles Broche, French composer, dies at 51

Person of interestSamuel Adams

Oct 2 Samuel Adams, American revolutionary (Boston Massacre-Tea Party) and politician (Lt Gov-Mass, 1789-94), dies at 81

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • Oct 8 Vittorio A Alfieri, Italian earl/writer (Filippo), dies at 54
  • Oct 26 Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, English politician, dies at 82
  • Nov 3 Henri Moreau, Flemish composer, dies at 75
  • Nov 5 Ch de Laclos, writer, dies
  • Nov 22 Bernardus Bosch, Dutch vicar and poet, dies at 57
  • Nov 25 Joseph Wilton, English sculptor (Westminster Abbey), dies at 83
  • Dec 18 Johann G von Herder, German philosopher, theologist and poet, dies at 59