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Famous Deaths 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

Person of interestGail Borden

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

Inventor and Manufacturer of Condensed Milk Gail Borden
Inventor and Manufacturer of Condensed Milk
Gail Borden
  • 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

Person of interestMillard Fillmore

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

13th US President Millard Fillmore
13th US President
Millard Fillmore
  • 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 composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 28 Peter Andreas Hansen, Danish astronomer (b. 1795)
  • Apr 4 Charles Ernest Beulé, French archaeologist and politician (b. 1826)
  • Apr 14 Hermanus J Abbring, Dutch author/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, Czech composer, dies at 39
  • 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 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, dies 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 16 Abraham Capadose, Dutch physician and missionary, dies at 79
  • Dec 22 Johann Peter Pixis, composer, dies at 86