Famous Deaths in 1869

  • Jan 1 Martin W. Bates, American politician (b. 1786)
  • Jan 17 Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky, Russian composer, dies at 55
  • Jan 26 Duncan Gordon Boyes, English recipient of the Victoria Cross (b. 1846)
  • Jan 28 Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 30 William Carleton, Irish novelist (b. 1794)
  • Feb 1 Frederik W Conrad, hydraulic engineer/railway pioneer, dies at 68
  • Feb 4 Johan M Dautzenberg, Flemish author/novelist (Future), dies at 60
  • Feb 15 Mirza Ghalib, Indian poet (b. 1796)
  • Mar 1 Alphonse MLP de Lamartine, Fr poet (History of Girondins), dies at 78
  • Mar 8 Louis Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphony Fantastic), dies at 65
  • Mar 11 Vladimir Odoevsky, Russian philosopher and writer, dies at 65
  • Mar 19 Guillaume Nerenburger, Belgian general (Triangulatie of Belgium), dies at 64
  • Mar 23 Charles Lucas, composer, dies at 60
  • Mar 24 Antoine-Henri Jomini, French general (b. 1779)
  • Mar 25 Edward Bates, American lawyer (26th U.S. Attorney General), dies at 75
  • Mar 31 Allan Kardec, French author and founder of Spiritism, dies at 64

  • Apr 1 Anthony Gerhard Alexander van Rappard, Dutch politician, dies at 69
  • Apr 20 Johann Carl Gottfried Loewe, composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 20 Piotr Studzinski, composer, dies at 42
  • May 10 Wilhelm Bernhard Molique, composer, dies at 66
  • May 29 Philippe Vandermaelen, Flemish cartographer/publisher, dies at 73
  • Jun 15 Albert Grisar, composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 16 Charles Sturt, English explorer (Australia), dies at 74
  • Jun 20 Toshizou Hijikata, Shinsengumi vice-commander (b. 1835)
  • Jul 15 A J Haynes, US army captain and civil war veteren, assassinated by KKK
  • Jul 22 John A. Roebling, German-American civil engineer (Brooklyn Bridge), (b. 1806)
  • Jul 28 Carl G Carus, German arts/psychologist/philosopher, dies
  • Jul 28 Jan Evangelista Purkyně, Czech anatomist (b. 1787)
  • Aug 2 Alexandrine Tinne, Dutch explorer/photographer, murdered at 30+
  • Aug 26 Henri Leys, Flemish painter, dies at 54
  • Aug 31 Mary Ward, Irish scientist, first automobile accident victim (b. 1827)

Person of interestPeter Mark Roget

Sep 12 Peter Mark Roget, British lexicographer (Roget's Thesaurus) and inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard), dies at 90

Lexicographer and Inventor Peter Mark Roget
Lexicographer and Inventor
Peter Mark Roget
  • Sep 28 Libri, mathematician, dies

Person of interestFranklin Pierce

Oct 8 Franklin Pierce, 14th US President (Democrat: 1853-57), dies at 64

14th US President Franklin Pierce
14th US President
Franklin Pierce
  • Oct 13 Charles-Augustin Sainte-Beuve, Fren writer (Tableau Historique), dies
  • Oct 22 Michael Sars, Norwegian zoologist, dies at 64
  • Oct 23 Jean-Baptiste-Joseph Tolbecque, Belgian-French composer, dies at 72

Person of interestEdward Smith-Stanley

Oct 23 Edward Smith-Stanley, 14th Earl of Derby, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1852, 1858-59, 1866-68), dies at 70

British Prime Minister Edward Smith-Stanley
British Prime Minister
Edward Smith-Stanley
  • Oct 24 Joseph Jackson Lister, British optician who perfected the optical microscope by designing the achromatic objective lens, dies at 83
  • Nov 3 Andreas Kalvos, Greek poet (b. 1792)
  • Nov 4 George Peabody, American-British entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the Peabody Trust and the Peabody Institute, dies at 74
  • Nov 12 Gheorghe Asachi, author/humanist (1st newspaper in Moldavia), dies
  • Nov 16 Hamiora Pere is hanged for treason at the Terrace Gaol, Wellington - only New Zealander ever to be executed for treason
  • Dec 6 Jan de Liefde II, Dutch vicar/author (People's Welfare), dies at 54
  • Dec 18 Louis Moreau Gottschalk, American pianist and composer, dies at 40
  • Dec 24 Edwin M[cMasters] Stanton, US Secretary of War (1861-65), dies at 55
  • Dec 26 Jean Léonard Marie Poiseuille, French physician and physiologist (blood pressure), dies at 72