Famous People Who Died in 1859

  • Jan 8 Antoine GB Schayes, Belgian historian/archaeologist, dies at 50
  • Jan 18 Alfred Vail, American inventor and early telegraph pioneer, dies at 51
  • Jan 20 Bettina von Arnim, German writer and composer of the Romantic era (This Book Belongs to the King), dies at 73
  • Jan 21 Henry Hallam, British lawyer and historian, dies at 81
  • Jan 27 Carl A Agardh, Swedish botanist/bishop of Karlstad, dies at 74
  • Jan 28 F. J. Robinson, 1st Viscount Goderich, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1827-28), dies at 76
  • Jan 28 William H. Prescott, American historian, dies at 62
  • Jan 29 Seth Thomas, American manufacturer and pioneer in the mass production of clocks, dies at 73
  • Jan 29 William Cranch Bond, American astronomer (codiscovered Hyperion), dies at 69
  • Feb 6 Johannes Josephus Viotta, composer, dies at 45
  • Feb 23 Zygmunt Krasiński, Polish Romantic poet (b. 1812)
  • Feb 26 Ferdinand Schubert, Austrian composer, brother of Franz Schubert, dies at 64
  • Mar 1 Josef Theodor Krov, Bohemian composer, singer and teacher, dies at 61
  • Apr 12 John Emde, German evangelist, dies at about 84
  • Apr 16 Alexis de Tocqueville, French historian (b. 1805)
  • Apr 30 Sergey Aksakov, Russian writer (Chronicles of a Russian Family), dies at 67
  • May 2 Eliza Courtney, English illegitimate daughter of Charles Grey and Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, dies at 67
  • May 4 Joseph Diez Gergonne, French mathematician, dies at 87
  • May 5 Peter G L Dirichlet, German mathematician, dies at 53
  • May 6 Friedrich Heinrich Alexander, explorer/scientist, dies
  • May 10 John Archduke of Austria, dies
  • May 22 Ferdinand II [Re Bomba], Dutch King of Sicily, dies at 49
  • Jun 7 David Cox, English painter (Treatise on Landscape Paint), dies at 73

Walter Hunt

Jun 8 Walter Hunt, American inventor (safety pin, sewing machine), dies at 62

  • Jun 18 Joseph Hartmann Stuntz, Swiss composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 27 Jean Chrétien Baud, Dutch gov-gen of Dutch-Indies (1834-36), dies at 69
  • Jul 5 Charles Cagniard de la Tour, French physicist (b. 1777)
  • Jul 8 Oscar I, King of Sweden and Norway (1844-59), dies at 60
  • Jul 13 Rufus Choate, American lawyer (Hall of Fame), dies at 59
  • Jul 20 Hans E Schack, Danish politician/writer (Fantasy), dies
  • Jul 23 Marceline Desbordes-Valmore, French poet (Bouquets et prières), dies at 73
  • Jul 29 Auguste Mathieu Panseron, French composer, dies at 63

Horace Mann

Aug 2 Horace Mann, American educator, author and editor who pioneered public schools, dies at 63

  • Aug 4 Jean Vianney, French Catholic priest, and eventual saint, dies at 73
  • Aug 10 George Staunton, English writer and traveller to China, dies at 68
  • Sep 5 Friedrich von Olivier, German landscape painter, dies at 68

Isambard Kingdom Brunel

Sep 15 Isambard Kingdom Brunel, British engineer (SS Great Britain, Great Western Railway), dies of a stroke at 53

  • Sep 15 John LA Luyten, Catholic Member of Dutch 2nd parliament, dies at 72
  • Sep 19 John Pringle Nichol, Scottish Astronomer and educator, dies at 55
  • Sep 28 Rinse Posthumus, Frisian writer and poet, dies at 68
  • Oct 4 Karl Baedeker, German publisher (known for guidebooks for tourists), dies at 57
  • Oct 22 Louis Spohr, German violin virtuoso and composer (Faust), dies at 75
  • Nov 7 Carl Gottlieb Reissiger, German kappelmeister and composer, dies at 61
  • Nov 22 Ludwig "Louis" Spohr, German violinist/composer (Faust), dies at 75

Washington Irving

Nov 28 Washington Irving, American author (Legend of Sleepy Hollow), dies of a heart attack at 76

ExecutionJohn Brown

Dec 2 John Brown, American abolitionist and revolutionary (Harpers Ferry), hanged at 59

  • Dec 5 Louis Poinsot, French mathematician and instrument maker, dies at 82
  • Dec 8 Thomas De Quincey, English writer (Confessions of English Opium Eater), dies at 74

Wilhelm Grimm

Dec 16 Wilhelm Grimm, German writer (Grimm's Fairy Tales), dies at 73

  • Dec 21 Nicolaas Christiaan Kist, Dutch Reformed theologian and church historian, dies at 66
  • Dec 28 Thomas Babington Macaulay, English poet and historian (Ivry, Naaseby), dies at 59
  • Dec 31 Luigi Ricci, Italian composer, dies at 54