On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1808

  • Jan 8 Messenger, horse that sired many great trotters, dies

John Dickinson

Feb 14 John Dickinson, American lawyer and Governor of Delaware and Pennsylvania, dies at 75

  • Mar 3 Johann Christian Fabricius, Danish Entomologist, dies at 63
  • Mar 9 Joseph Bonomi the Elder, Italian architect who designed English country houses, dies at 69
  • Mar 13 King Christian VII of Denmark (b. 1749)
  • Apr 25 Luigi Tomasini, Italian violinist and composer, dies at 66
  • May 5 Pierre Jean George Cabanis, French physiologist, dies at 50
  • May 18 Jacob Albright, German-American Christian leader, founder of Albright's People (Evangelical Association), dies at 49
  • May 18 Elijah Craig, American minister & inventor, dies at 70
  • May 28 Richard Hurd, English bishop and writer (b. 1720)
  • Jun 11 Giovanni Battista Cirri, Italian cellist and composer, dies at 83
  • Jun 16 Georg Wenzel Ritter, composer, dies at 60
  • Jul 20 François-Hippolyte Barthélémon, French composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 29 Selam III, poet/composer/sultan of Turkey (1789-1808), dies
  • Aug 13 Henri Hardouin, French composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 30 Joseph Anton Bauer, composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 3 John Montgomery, American Continental Congressman (b. 1722)
  • Sep 5 John Home, Scottish writer (b. 1722)
  • Sep 6 Louis-Pierre Anquetil, French historian (b. 1723)
  • Sep 13 Saverio Bettinelli, Italian Jesuit writer, dies at 90
  • Sep 17 Benjamin Bourne, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Rhode Island), dies at 53
  • Sep 25 Richard Porson, scholar, dies
  • Sep 26 Pavel Vranicky, Moravian-Austrian composer (Oberon – The Fairy King), and conductor, dies at 51
  • Sep 27 Gaétan Vestris, French ballet dancer, dies at 79
  • Nov 3 Theophilus Lindsey, English theologian and clergyman, dies at 85
  • Nov 10 Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester, British soldier and administrator (Governor of Quebec 1768-1778), dies at 84
  • Nov 16 Mustapha IV, sultan of Turkey (1807-08), dies at 29
  • Nov 17 David Zeisberger, Moravian clergyman and missionary, dies at 87
  • Nov 17 Mustafa IV, 29th Sultan of Ottoman Empire (1807-08), dies at 29
  • Dec 1 Anton Fischer, German composer, dies at 30
  • Dec 10 James Sullivan, 7th Governor of Massachusetts (1807-08), dies at 64