On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1869

  • Jan 1 Martin W. Bates, American politician, dies at 82
  • Jan 17 Alexander Sergeyevich Dargomyzhsky, Russian composer, dies at 55
  • Jan 26 Duncan Gordon Boyes, English recipient of the Victoria Cross, committed suicide at 22
  • Jan 28 Prudent-Louis Aubery du Boulley, French composer, dies at 72
  • Jan 30 William Carleton, Irish novelist (b. 1794)
  • Feb 1 Frederik Willem Conrad, Dutch hydraulic engineer & railway pioneer, dies at 68
  • Feb 4 Johan Michiel Dautzenberg, Flemish author (Future), dies at 60
  • Feb 15 Mirza Ghalib, Indian poet (b. 1796)
  • Mar 1 Alphonse MLP de Lamartine, French poet (History of Girondins), dies at 78

Hector Berlioz

Mar 8 Hector Berlioz, French composer (Symphonie fantastique), dies at 65

  • Mar 11 Vladimir Odoevsky, Russian philosopher & writer, dies at 65
  • Mar 19 Guillaume Nerenburger, Belgian general (Triangulatie of Belgium), dies at 64
  • Mar 23 Charles Lucas, English composer and Principle of the Royal Academy of Music, 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 Carl Loewe, German composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 20 Piotr Studzinski, Polish conductor and composer, dies at 42
  • May 10 Wilhelm Bernhard Molique, German composer and violonist, dies at 66
  • May 29 Philippe Vandermaelen, Flemish cartographer/publisher, dies at 73
  • Jun 15 Albert Grisar, Belgian comic opera composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 16 Charles Sturt, English explorer (Australia), dies at 74
  • Jun 20 Hijikata Toshizō, Japanese military leader, dies at 34
  • Jul 15 A J Haynes, US army captain and civil war veteran, assassinated by KKK
  • Jul 22 John A. Roebling, German-American civil engineer (Brooklyn Bridge), (b. 1806)
  • Jul 28 Carl Gustav Carus, German psychologist, philosopher and painter, dies at 80
  • Jul 28 Jan Evangelista Purkyně, Czech anatomist (b. 1787)
  • Aug 2 Alexandrine Tinne, Dutch explorer and photographer, murdered trying to cross the Sahara at 33
  • Aug 26 Henri Leys, Flemish painter, dies at 54
  • Aug 31 Mary Ward, Irish scientist, first automobile accident victim (b. 1827)

Peter Mark Roget

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

  • Sep 28 Guglielmo Libri, Italian mathematician, dies at 66

Franklin Pierce

Oct 8 Franklin Pierce, 14th US President (Democrat: 1853-57), dies from severe cirrhosis of the liver, at 64

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

Edward Smith-Stanley

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

  • 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, dies at 77
  • Nov 4 George Peabody, American-British entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded the Peabody Trust and the Peabody Institute, dies at 74
  • Nov 5 Otis Tufts, American machinist and inventor who built printing machines, steam engines, firefighting equipment and invented the steam pile driver, dies at 65
  • Nov 12 Gheorghe Asachi, Moldovia Romanian polyglot, author, humanist (1st newspaper in Moldavia), dies at 81
  • 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

Edwin Stanton

Dec 24 Edwin Stanton, US Secretary of War during most of the American Civil War (1861-65) and US Attorney General (1860-61), dies at 55

  • Dec 26 Jean Léonard Marie Poiseuille, French physician and physiologist (blood pressure), dies at 72