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Famous Deaths in 1809

  • Jan 4 Bartolomeo Giacometti, composer, dies at 67
  • Jan 16 Sir John Moore, British General, at the Battle of Corunna (b. 1761)
  • Jan 21 Josiah Hornblower, American statesman (b. 1729)
  • Feb 20 Johann Joseph Emmert, composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 7 Johann Georg Albrechtsberger, Austrian composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 9 Jean-Pierre Blanchard, French ballonist (1st balloon flights in England and U.S.), dies at 55
  • Mar 23 Ferdinand-Philippe-Joseph Staes, composer, dies at 60
  • Mar 26 Gabriele Mario Piozzi, composer, dies at 68
  • Mar 27 Joseph-Marie Vien, French court painter, dies at 92
  • May 8 Augustin Pajou, French sculptor (Bachante), dies at 78
  • May 17 Leopold Auenbrugger, Austrian physician (invented percussion as a diagnostic technique), dies at 86
  • May 30 Johan B Scheffer, portrait painter, dies at about 43
  • May 31 Ferdinand von Schill, Prussian officer/rebel, dies in battle at 33
  • May 31 Franz Joseph Haydn, Austrian composer (Jahreszeiten), dies at 77
  • May 31 Jean Lannes, French marshal (b. 1769)
  • Jun 3 John "Christmas" Beckwith, composer, dies at 58

  • Jun 4 Nicolai Arbraham Abildgaard, Danish painter/architect, dies at 65

Person of interestThomas Paine

Jun 8 Thomas Paine, English American writer (Age of Reason, Common Sense), dies at 72

Voice of the American Revolution Thomas Paine
Voice of the American Revolution
Thomas Paine
  • Jul 3 Joseph Quesnel, French-Canadian composer and playwright (Colas et Colinette), dies at 62
  • Jul 6 Antoine Charles Louis Lasalle, French cavalry general (b. 1775)
  • Jul 24 Johann Gottfried Eckard, composer, dies at 74
  • Aug 12 Mikhail Kamensky, Russian field marshal, dies at 71
  • Aug 18 Matthew Boulton, English manufacturer and engineer (b. 1728)
  • Aug 30 Ignacy Potocki, Polish Foreign Minister (constitution), dies
  • Sep 7 Caroline Schelling, [Michaelis], German author and academic dies at 46
  • Sep 7 Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, King of Thailand (b. 1737)
  • Sep 21 Alexander Reinagle, English-American composer, dies at 53
  • Oct 2 Wybo Fijnje, politician/patriot/journalist, dies at 59
  • Oct 8 James Elphinston, Scottish philologist, dies at 87

Person of interestMeriwether Lewis

Oct 11 Meriwether Lewis, American explorer, soldier and public administrator who helped lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition, dies of gunshot wounds at 35 under mysterious circumstances that could have been murder or suicide along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee at an inn called Grinder's Stand

Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition Meriwether Lewis
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
Meriwether Lewis

Person of interestWilliam Cavendish-Bentinck

Oct 30 William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1783, 1807-09), dies after an operation to remove a kidney stone at 71

British Prime Minister William Cavendish-Bentinck
British Prime Minister
William Cavendish-Bentinck
  • Nov 9 Paul Sandby, English cartographer (b. 1725)
  • Nov 12 Karel van Poucke, Flemish sculptor, dies at 69
  • Nov 26 Nicolas-Marie Dalayrac, French composer, dies at 56
  • Dec 16 Antoine Fran├žois, comte de Fourcroy, French chemist (b. 1755)
  • Dec 31 Franz Ignaz Beck, composer, dies at 75