On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1837

  • Jan 20 John Soane, English architect (Book of Designs, Soane Museum), dies at 84
  • Jan 23 John Field, Irish pianist and composer (Nocturnes), dies at 54
  • Feb 7 Gustav IV Adolf, King of Sweden (1792-1809), dies at 58
  • Feb 10 Alexander Pushkin, Russian poet and writer (Eugene Onegin), killed in a duel at 37
  • Feb 12 Ludwig Borne [Loeb Baruch], German-Jewish writer, dies at 50
  • Feb 13 Mariano José de Larra, Spanish journalist and writer (b. 1809
  • Feb 19 Georg Büchner, German playwright (b. 1813)
  • Mar 13 Nikita P Panin, Russian diplomat and minister of Foreign affairs, dies at 66
  • Mar 26 Joseph Lincke, German cellist and composer, dies at 53
  • Mar 29 Maria Fitzherbert, morganatic wife of King George IV, dies
  • Mar 31 John Constable, English landscape painter (Hay Wain), dies at 60
  • Apr 17 Edouard viscount de Walckiers, South Netherland banker and politician, dies at 78
  • May 5 Niccolo Antonio Zingarelli, Italian composer (Andromeda), dies at 85
  • May 8 Alexander Balashov, Russian general and statesman, dies at 66

Joseph Grimaldi

May 31 Joseph Grimaldi, English pantomimist and the "greatest clown in history", dies at 57

  • Jun 14 Giacomo Leopardi, Italian poet and philosopher (The Poems of Leopardi), dies at 38
  • Jun 16 Valentino Fioravanti, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • Jun 19 Aleksander Bestuzhev-Marlinsky, Russian author, dies in battle at 39
  • Jun 20 Giovanni Furno, composer, dies at 89
  • Jun 20 William IV, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland (1830-37), dies at 71
  • Jul 24 Charles Hodges, English/Dutch portrait painter
  • Jul 28 John Ross, British composer and organist, dies at 73
  • Aug 1 Walter Geikie, Scottish painter, dies at 41
  • Aug 9 Xavier Sigalon, French painter (b. 1787)
  • Sep 23 Richard John Samuel Stevens, English composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 30 Tsultrim Gyatso, 10th Dalai Lama, dies at 21
  • Oct 1 Robert Clark, American politician, U.S. House of Representatives from New York (1819-21), dies at 60
  • Oct 5 Hortense de Beauharnais, French Queen of Holland (1806-10), dies at 54
  • Oct 6 Jean-Francois Le Sueur, composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 9 Charles Fourier, French utopian socialist (Harmony universal), dies
  • Oct 11 Samuel Wesley, British organist and composer referred to as "The English Mozart" (Exultate Deo), dies at 71
  • Oct 12 Wilhelmine of Prussia, Queen of the Netherlands (1815-37), dies at 62
  • Oct 15 Ivan Dmitriev, Russian statesman and poet, dies at 77
  • Oct 17 Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Austrian composer, dies at 58
  • Nov 4 Jean-Louis-Marc Alibert, French dermatologist, dies at 69
  • Nov 7 Elijah Parish Lovejoy, American newspaper publisher and abolitionist, murdered at 34
  • Nov 30 Deaf Smith, American frontiersman and revolutionary, dies at 50
  • Dec 13 Herman of Alaska, Russian Orthodox hermit (b. 1756)
  • Dec 26 Martinus van Marum, chemist/physicist (giant salamander), dies at 87