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Famous People Who Died in 1852

Person of interestLouis Braille

Jan 6 Louis Braille, French educator and inventor of a system of reading and writing for the blind, dies of tuberculosis at 43

Braille Inventor Louis Braille
Braille Inventor
Louis Braille
  • Jan 22 George Rodwell, English composer, dies at 51
  • Feb 2 Francis Libermann, French religious leader (Congregation of Heart), dies at 49
  • Feb 10 Samuel Prout, British water color painter, dies at 68
  • Feb 17 Micha Joseph Levenson, Hebrew poet, dies
  • Feb 25 Thomas Moore, Irish poet and musician, dies at 72
  • Feb 27 Joseph Drechsler, Czech composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 29 John Landseer, English printer and engraver (Royal Academy), dies (birth date unknown 1763-69)
  • Mar 4 Nikolai Gogol [Nikolay], Ukrainian-born Russian novelist, humorist, and dramatist (Dead Souls, The Inspector-General), dies at 43
  • Mar 12 Juan Bros y Bertomel, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 22 Marie Sophie of Hesse-Kassel, queen consort of Denmark and Norway, dies at 84
  • Mar 25 Alexis Garaude, French composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 2 Theodor Althaus, writer, dies
  • Apr 9 John Howard Payne, American actor, playwright (Fair Warning), author and creator of the hit song "Home! Sweet Home!", dies at 60
  • Apr 19 Vasili A Zjukovski, Russian folk poet/translator (Homerus), dies at 69

  • Apr 21 Ivan Nabokov, Russian general (b. 1787)
  • Apr 24 Vasily Zhukovsky, Russian poet (b. 1783)
  • May 6 Charles-Louis-Joseph Hanssens, Belgian composer, dies at 75
  • May 12 John Richardson, Canadian writer (War of 1812), dies at 55
  • May 15 Louisa Adams, US First Lady (1825-29), dies at 77
  • Jun 5 Tomasz Napoleon Nidecki, Polish composer, dies at 45
  • Jun 6 Tommaso Marchesi, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 11 Karl Briullov, Russian painter, dies at 52

Person of interestHenry Clay

Jun 29 Henry Clay, American politician known as "the Great Compromiser", dies of tuberculosis at 75

Legislator and Orator Henry Clay
Legislator and Orator
Henry Clay
  • Jul 5 Johann Baptist Weigl, German composer and clergyman, dies at 69
  • Jul 9 Thompson McKennan, American politician who served as the 2nd United States Secretary of the Interior, dies at 58
  • Jul 19 Anne Fran├žois Mellinet, French-Belgian general (Antwerp), dies at 83
  • Jul 22 Auguste Marmont, French marshal, dies at 77
  • Aug 5 Frantisek L Celakovsky, Czech slavist/poet, dies at 53
  • Aug 11 Nicolaas Plomp, Dutch architect (Strugle), dies at 70
  • Aug 14 Margaret Taylor, wife of Zachary Taylor and 1st lady of the United States (1849-50), dies at 63
  • Aug 15 Johan Gadolin, Finnish chemist (discovered yttrium), dies at 92
  • Sep 4 William MacGillivray, Scottish naturalist and ornithologist (b. 1796)

Person of interestArthur Wellesley

Sep 14 Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington and British Prime Minister (Tory) (1828-30) dies at 83

1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister Arthur Wellesley
1st Duke of Wellington & British Prime Minister
Arthur Wellesley
  • Sep 14 Augustus Pugin, English architect in Gothic Revival style (interior of the Palace of Westminster), dies at 40

  • Sep 20 Philander Chase, American Episcopal Church bishop and founder of Kenyon College, dies at 76
  • Sep 22 William Tierney Clark, English civil engineer, dies at 69
  • Sep 28 Johann Friedrich Schwencke, German organist and composer, dies at 60
  • Oct 11 Ferdinand Eisenstein, German mathematician (number theory), dies at 29
  • Oct 13 John Stephens, American explorer and archaeologist (pivotal figure in the rediscovery of Maya civilization throughout Middle America), dies at 46
  • Oct 15 Friedrich Ludwig Jahn, German educator and founder of the turnverein (gymnastics) movement, dies at 74
  • Oct 22 Hans Christoph Ernst von Gagern, German political writer and advisor to Dutch king, dies at 86

Person of interestDaniel Webster

Oct 24 Daniel Webster, US Secretary of State (1841-43, 1850-52), politician and lawyer,, dies at 70

American Statesman Daniel Webster
American Statesman
Daniel Webster
  • Oct 28 Gerhard Moritz Roentgen, Dutch industrialist (founder of Fijenoord dockyard), dies at 57
  • Nov 2 Pyotr Kotlyarevsky, Russian general, dies at 70
  • Nov 12 Georg Hellmesberger, composer, dies at 22
  • Nov 18 Anton Bernhard Furstenau, composer, dies at 60
  • Nov 22 August Alexander Klengel, German pianist and composer, dies at 69

Person of interestAda Lovelace

Nov 27 Ada Lovelace, English mathematician and writer and daughter of poet Lord Byron, considered the first computer programmer, dies of uterine cancer at 36

Mathematician and Computer Programmer Ada Lovelace
Mathematician and Computer Programmer
Ada Lovelace
  • Nov 28 Ludger Duvernay, French printer and newspaper publisher (b. 1799)
  • Dec 16 Andries H Potgieter, South African/Transvaal explorer, dies at 59
  • Dec 16 Henri-Jean Rigel, composer, dies at 80