Famous Deaths in April 1861

  • Apr 4 John McLean, American Supreme Court Justice (1829-61) and Postmaster General, dies at 76

Person of interestElisha Otis

Apr 8 Elisha Otis, American founder of the Otis Elevator Company and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails, dies of diphtheria at 50

Inventor and Elevator Industrialist Elisha Otis
Inventor and Elevator Industrialist
Elisha Otis
  • Apr 11 Francisco Gonz├ílez Bocanegra, Mexican poet (b. 1824)
  • Apr 18 Heinrich August Neithardt, composer, dies at 67