Famous Deaths in 1872

  • Jan 7 James Fisk, American entrepreneur (b. 1834)
  • Jan 14 Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye-Terrier who spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner John Gray, dies at 16
  • Jan 21 Franz Grillparzer, Austrian playwright (Sappho/Libussa), dies at 81
  • Feb 21 Pavel P Gagarin, Russian monarch/politician, dies at 82
  • Mar 4 Johannes Carsten Hauch, Danish poet (b. 1790)
  • Mar 10 Giuseppe Mazzini, Italian revolutionary (Giovane Italy), dies at 66
  • Mar 12 Zeng Guofan, Chinese politician and general (b. 1811)
  • Mar 30 Nikolaos Mantzaros, Italian-Greek composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 1 Frederick Maurice, English theologian of the Church of England, dies at 66
  • Apr 1 William Frederick Horry, English convicted murderer (b. 1843)

Person of interestSamuel Morse

Apr 2 Samuel Morse developer of electric telegraph, dies at 80

Inventor Samuel Morse
Inventor
Samuel Morse
  • Apr 9 Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (b. 1794)
  • Apr 12 Nikolaos Mantzaros, Greek composer (b. 1795)
  • Apr 20 Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja), dies at 62
  • Apr 27 Ion Heliade-Radulescu, Romanian politician/author, dies at 70
  • May 1 Amalia, princess of Weimar/wife of prince Hendrik the Navigator, dies

  • May 15 Thomas Hastings, American composer, dies at 87
  • May 17 Eduard Sobolewski, Polish-American violinist and composer, dies at 63
  • May 19 Johan van Dale, schoolmaster (New Dutch Language Wordbook), dies at 44
  • May 24 Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, German painter and designer who figured importantly in the German Nazarene movement, dies at 78
  • May 29 John Gill Shorter, American politician (17th Governor of Alabama), dies at 54

Person of interestJames Gordon Bennett

Jun 1 James Gordon Bennett, Sr., American newspaper publisher (New York Herald), dies at 76

Founder of the New York Herald James Gordon Bennett
Founder of the New York Herald
James Gordon Bennett
  • Jun 3 Heinrich Esser, composer, dies at 53
  • Jun 4 Johan R Thorbecke, literature/liberal premier, dies
  • Jun 4 Stanisław Moniuszko, Polish composer, dies at 53
  • Jun 16 Norman MacLeod, Scottish clergyman (b. 1812)
  • Jun 28 Ludwig Friedrich Hetsch, composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 18 Benito Juarez, Cuban justice/general (battle of Acapulco), dies at 66
  • Jul 26 Michele Carafa, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 28 Friedrich Kaiser, astronomer (Kaiser-Compass), dies
  • Aug 2 Judocus Smits, Dutch RC newspaper publisher (De Tijd), dies at 59
  • Aug 11 Lowell Mason, US organist/composer (Zebulo), dies at 80
  • Aug 19 Eugene-Prosper Prevost, French composer, dies at 63
  • Sep 2 N. F. S. Grundtvig, Danish writer and philosopher, dies at 88
  • Sep 7 Antoni Stolpe, Polish pianist and composer, dies at 21
  • Sep 13 Ludwig A Feuerbach, German philosopher (Man what he eats), dies at 68
  • Sep 14 Yury Nikolayevich Golitsin, composer, dies at 48
  • Sep 18 Charles XV, King of Sweden and Norway (1859-72), dies at 46
  • Sep 22 Vladimir Dal, Russian lexicographer, dies at 70
  • Oct 2 Eberhard Friedrich Walcker, German organ builder (Paulskirche Frankfurt A/M), dies at 78

Person of interestWilliam H. Seward

Oct 10 William H. Seward, American politician (Secretary of State, 1861-69, Governor of New York, 1839-42), dies at 71

US Secretary of State William H. Seward
US Secretary of State
William H. Seward
  • Oct 14 Prince Albert of Prussia, Prussian colonel general, dies at 63
  • Oct 21 Jacques Babinet, French physicist/mathematician/astronomer, dies at 78
  • Oct 23 Théophile Gautier, French writer, historian and poet (Albertus, La Chanson de Roland, Émaux et camées), dies at 61
  • Nov 7 Alfred Clebsch, German mathematician (b. 1833)
  • Nov 23 Ten Bears (Parra-Wa-Samen), US poet/Comanche chief, dies
  • Nov 28 Mary Fairfax Somerville, British scientific writer (b. 1780)
  • Nov 29 Cornelius Kreighoff, Canadian, dies
  • Nov 29 Giovanni Tadolini, composer, dies at 83
  • Nov 29 Horace Greeley, US founder/publisher (NY Tribune), dies at 61
  • Dec 11 Kamehameha V, Hawaiian king (b. 1830)
  • Dec 12 Willem Anne Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Dutch politician, dies at 72
  • Dec 12 Edwin Forrest, American actor and philanthropist, dies at 66
  • Dec 13 Helena Beeloo, a maid, murdered by Henry Jut at the Hague, Netherlands
  • Dec 13 W T van der Kouwen-ten Cate, murdered by Henry Jut at the Hague, Netherlands
  • Dec 24 William John Macquorn Rankine, Scottish mechanical engineer and physicist, dies at 52
  • Dec 28 James Van Ness, Mayor of San Francisco (1855-1856) (b. 1808)
  • Dec 31 Aleksis Kivi, Finnish writer and poet (Kanervala), dies at 38