On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1838

  • Jan 13 Ferdinand Ries, German composer dies at 53
  • Jan 16 Aleksandr Polezhayev, Russian poet (Sasjka), dies at 33 [OS]
  • Jan 20 Pierre-Louis Hus-Desforges, composer, dies at 64
  • Jan 23 Arnold A Buyskes, Dutch vice-admiral/colonial director, dies at 67
  • Jan 28 Aleksandr Polezhayev, Russian poet (Sasjka), dies at 33 [NS]
  • Jan 30 Osceola, chief of Seminole indians, dies in jail
  • Feb 1 Abraham de Veer, Dutch gov-gen of Suriname (1822-28), dies at 71
  • Feb 5 Philippe Libon, composer, dies at 62
  • Feb 22 Friedrich Johann Eck, German violinist and composer (Concertos pour violon), dies at 70
  • Mar 16 Nathaniel Bowditch, American mathematician, astronomer and author (Marine Sextant), dies at 64
  • Mar 22 Hendrik Fagel, Dutch/English baron, dies at 73
  • Mar 24 Thomas Attwood, composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 3 Francesco Antommarchi, Napoleon's physician on St Helena, dies at 57
  • Apr 6 José Bonifácio de Andrada, Brazilian statesman, dies at 74
  • Apr 11 Piet [Petrus Lafras] Uys, South African pioneer (Great Pull), murdered at 40
  • Apr 17 Johanna Schopenhauer, German writer and mother of Arthur Schopenhauer, dies at 71

  • May 12 Jędrzej Śniadecki, Polish writer, physician, chemist (creation of modern Polish terminology in the field of chemistry), dies at 69

Person of interestTalleyrand

May 17 Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, French statesman, dies at 84

Politician and Diplomat Talleyrand
Politician and Diplomat
Talleyrand
  • May 17 René Caillé, French explorer and the first European to return alive from the town of Timbuktu, dies at 38
  • May 23 Jan Willem Janssens, Dutch Governor-General of Cape colony and Dutch-Indies, dies at 75
  • May 28 Thomas Busby, English composer, dies at 82
  • Jun 25 François-Nicolas-Benoît Haxo, French Army general, dies at 64
  • Jul 10 Willem earl van Hogendorp, Dutch colonial governor, dies at about 43
  • Jul 17 John Whites, hydraulic engineer, dies at 82
  • Jul 19 Frederic Nicolas Duvernoy, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 28 Bernhard Henrik Crusell, Swedish-Finnish composer, dies at 62
  • Jul 29 Jonathan Huntington, composer, dies at 66
  • Aug 19 James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Adelbert von Chamisso, French writer (Peter Schlemihl), dies at 57

Person of interestWilliam Clark

Sep 1 William Clark, American explorer, soldier, Indian agent and territorial governor who led the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06 and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States, dies at 68

Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis & Clark Expedition
William Clark
  • Sep 5 Charles Percier, French architect, dies at 74
  • Sep 7 Joseph Panny, composer, dies at 43
  • Sep 8 Pietro Rovelli, composer, dies at 45
  • Oct 1 Charles Tennant, Scottish chemist and industrialist, dies at 70
  • Oct 3 Black Hawk (chief), Leader of the Sauk Native American tribe (b. 1767)
  • Oct 4 Eleanore Sophia Maria Westenholz, German composer, dies at 79
  • Oct 15 Letitia Elizabeth Landon, English poet (Heath's Book of Beauty), dies at 36
  • Oct 19 Henry Fagel, baron/court clerk of States-General/diplomat, dies at 73
  • Nov 24 Karl Ludwig Hellwig, German composer, dies at 65
  • Dec 14 Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician & Patriote, dies during Battle of Saint-Eustache at 32