On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1874

  • Jan 4 Thomas Gregson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1798)
  • Jan 8 Charles-Étienne Brasseur de Bourbourg, French writer and historian, dies at 59

Gail Borden

Jan 11 Gail Borden, American manufacturer and inventor of condensed milk, dies at 72

  • Jan 14 Johann Philipp Reis, German Physicist and Inventor, dies of lung disease at 40
  • Jan 17 Chang & Eng Bunker, Chinese/Thai Siamese twins, die at 62
  • Jan 19 August Heinrich Hoffmann, German writer, dies at 75
  • Feb 3 Lunalilo, Hawaiian monarch (b. 1835)
  • Feb 8 David F. Strauss, German theologist, dies at 66
  • Feb 9 Jules Michelet, French historian (History of France), dies at 75
  • Feb 17 Adolphe Quetelet, Belgian astronomer, mathematician and sociologist (body mass index scale), dies at 77
  • Feb 18 Louis Wigfall, American politician (Confederate States Senator from Texas 1862-85), dies at 57
  • Feb 24 Anselmo Clavé, Spanish politician and composer, dies at 49
  • Feb 27 Carlos Manuel de Céspedes, Cuban revolutionary hero, dies at 54

Millard Fillmore

Mar 8 Millard Fillmore, 13th President of the United States (Whig: 1850-53), dies at 74

  • Mar 11 Charles Sumner, American politician, Senator Massachusetts (1851-74) and anti-slavery advocate, dies at 63
  • Mar 14 Johann Heinrich von Mädler, German astronomer (published the most complete map of the Moon of the time, Mappa Selenographica, 4 vol. with Wilhelm Beer), dies at 79
  • Mar 20 Hans Christian Lumbye, Danish waltz composer, and musical director (Tivoli Gardens, 1843-72), dies at 63
  • Mar 28 Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish-German astronomer (Hansen hypothesis), dies at 78
  • Apr 4 Charles Ernest Beulé, French archaeologist and politician (b. 1826)
  • Apr 14 Hermanus J. Abbring, Dutch author and engineer on Curacao, dies at 86
  • Apr 19 Owen Jones, architect, dies
  • Apr 20 Alexander H. Bailey, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 56
  • May 1 Vilém Blodek [Plodek], Czech pianist, flautist, and composer, dies at 39
  • May 11 Franklin Buchanan, American first superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, dies at 73
  • Jun 8 Cochise, Apache leader
  • Jun 21 Anders Jonas Ångström, Swedish physicist (Spectroscopy), dies at 59
  • Jun 22 Howard Staunton, English World Chess Champion, designer of chess pieces, dies at 84
  • Jul 11 Xavier de Mérode, Belgium minister to the Pope in Rome, dies at 54
  • Jul 12 Fritz Reuter, German novelist, dies at 63
  • Aug 14 Jonathan Clarkson Gibbs, American politician (Secretary of State and Superintendent of Public Instruction of Florida) and Presbyterian minister, dies at 52
  • Aug 22 Sydney Thompson Dobell, English poet, dies at 50
  • Aug 27 Johan George Schwartze, painter, dies
  • Aug 27 John Henry Foley, Irish sculptor (Prince Albert Memorial), dies at 56
  • Sep 12 François Guizot, French historian and politician (17th Prime Minister of France), dies at 86
  • Sep 15 Benjamin Robbins Curtis, American attorney and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, dies at 64
  • Sep 21 JBAL Leonce Elie the Beaumont, French geologist, dies at 75
  • Oct 6 Thomas Tellefsen, Norwegian pianist and composer, dies at 50
  • Oct 23 Abraham Geiger, German theologian and leader of Reform Judaism, dies at 64
  • Oct 26 Peter Cornelius, German composer and teacher (The Barber of Baghdad), dies of liver issues at 49
  • Nov 2 Thomas Anderson, Scottish chemist (discovered pyridine), dies at 55
  • Nov 9 Israel Bak, created 1st Hebrew printing press, dies
  • Dec 7 Constantin von Tischendorf, German biblical scholar (b. 1815)
  • Dec 8 Franz Wilhelm Ferling, German oboist and composer (48 études for oboe) dies at 78
  • Dec 16 Abraham Capadose, Dutch physician and missionary, dies at 79
  • Dec 17 William Barker Cushing, American naval officer (best known for sinking the CSS Albemarle during a daring nighttime raid on 27 October 1864), dies at 32
  • Dec 22 Johann Peter Pixis, German pianist and composer, dies at 86