On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1806

William Pitt the Younger

Jan 23 William Pitt the Younger, British Prime Minister (Tory: 1783-1801, 1804-06), dies of a suspected peptic ulceration of his stomach or duodenum at 46

  • Feb 11 Vicente Martín y Soler, Valencian composer, dies at 51
  • Feb 19 Elizabeth Carter, English poet, bluestocking and translator (All the Works of Epictetus Which Are Now Extant), dies at 88
  • Feb 20 Lachlan McIntosh, Scottish-born American military and political leader (b. 1725)
  • Feb 23 John Alcock, English composer and organist, dies at 90
  • Feb 24 John Nieuwenhuijzen, theologist (Society for General Use), dies at 81
  • Mar 3 Heinrich Christian Boie, German author and editor, dies at 61
  • Mar 16 Giuseppe Colla, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • Mar 17 David Dale, Scottish industrialist & philanthropist (cotton magnate who implemented advanced social and educational conditions), dies at 67
  • Mar 23 George Pinto [Sanders], English violin prodigy, keyboard virtuoso, and composer, dies of tuberculosis at 20
  • Apr 4 Friedrich Gottlob Fleischer, composer, dies at 84
  • Apr 9 William V of Orange, Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic, dies at 58

Horatio Gates

Apr 10 Horatio Gates, British-American soldier (general of the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War), dies at 78

  • Apr 13 Jean-Jacques Bachelier, French painter, dies at ~82
  • Apr 22 Pierre-Charles Villeneuve, French admiral, killed at 42
  • May 8 Robert Morris, English-born merchant and American Founding Father (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 72
  • May 21 Maria Antonia of Naples and Sicily, Princess of Asturias, dies at 21
  • May 24 John Campbell, 5th Duke of Argyll, British field marshal (b. 1723)
  • Jun 8 George Wythe, US attorney (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at about 79
  • Jun 23 Mathurin Jacques Brisson, French zoologist and naturalist (Ornithologie), dies at 83
  • Jun 28 Johann Friedrich Ludwig Sievers, German composer, dies at 64
  • Jul 10 George Stubbs, British animal painter (Horse Frightened by Lion), dies at 81
  • Jul 11 James Smith, Irish/US attorney/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 87
  • Aug 9 Louis Ferdinand, Prussian prince and a soldier in the Napoleonic Wars, dies at 33
  • Aug 10 Michael Haydn, Austrian composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 22 Jean-Honoré Fragonard, French painter (The Swing), dies at 74
  • Aug 23 Charles Augustin de Coulomb, Fren physicist (coulometrie), dies at 70
  • Sep 8 Patrick Cotter O'Brien, Irish showman, first known eight-foot-tall person (stood 8-feet, 1-inch (246cm)), dies from strain of gigantism at 46 [1]
  • Sep 9 William Paterson, American jurist and statesman (b. 1745)
  • Sep 10 Johann C Adelung, German translator/librarian, dies at 74
  • Sep 12 Christian Gottfried Thomas, German composer, publisher, and musicologist, dies at 58
  • Sep 13 Charles James Fox, English politician (b. 1749)
  • Sep 20 Utamaro Kitagawa, painter, dies
  • Oct 17 Jean Jacques Dessalines, Emperor of Haiti, dies
  • Oct 23 Franz Seydelmann, German composer, dies at 58

Henry Knox

Oct 25 Henry Knox, American general (Continental Army and later the United States Army) and 1st US Secretary of War (1785-94), dies at 56 after swallowing a chicken bone which lodged in his throat and caused a fatal infection

  • Oct 26 John Graves Simcoe, first lieutenant-governor of Upper Canada (b. 1752)
  • Oct 28 Charlotte Turner Smith, British poet and novelist (b. 1749)
  • Oct 31 Sophie Mereau, German writer, dies at 36
  • Nov 12 Josef Gottlieb Kölreuter, German Botanist who pioneered the study of plant hybrids, dies at 73
  • Nov 16 Moses Cleaveland, founder of Cleveland, Ohio (b. 1754)
  • Nov 19 Shah Alam II, 17th Mughal Emperor (1760-1806), dies at 78
  • Nov 23 Roger Newdigate, British politician (sat in the House of Commons 1742-80), dies at 87
  • Dec 14 John Breckinridge, American lawyer (5th United States Attorney General) & politician (U.S. Senator from Kentucky), dies at 46
  • Dec 22 William Vernon, American merchant (b. 1719)