Famous Deaths in 1877

  • Jan 4 Cornelius Vanderbilt, American shipping and railroad magnate (New York Central Railroad), dies at 82
  • Jan 9 Alexander Brullov, Russia painter (b. 1799)
  • Jan 11 Pietro Romani, Italian conductor and composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 24 Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist (b. 1796)
  • Feb 1 Joseph-Leon Gatayes, composer, dies at 71

Person of interestCharles Wilkes

Feb 8 Charles Wilkes, American Antarctic explorer and naval officer (Union Navy), dies at 78

Naval Officer and Explorer Charles Wilkes
Naval Officer and Explorer
Charles Wilkes
  • Mar 4 Hendrik E van Rijgersma, Dutch governor (St Maarten), dies at 42
  • Mar 9 Mark Prager Lindo, English/Dutch author (Neth Spectator), dies at 58
  • Mar 12 Crystobal Oudrid y Segura, composer, dies at 52
  • Mar 13 Charles Cowden Clarke, English editor and Shakespearean critic, dies at 89
  • Mar 24 Walter Bagehot, English economist/critic/banker, dies at 51
  • Mar 25 Elkanah Brackin Greer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 51
  • Mar 28 Vincenzo Fioravanti, Italian composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 31 Antoine Cournot, French philosopher and mathematician (rule of Cournot), dies at 75
  • Apr 7 Errico Petrella, Italian composer, dies at 63
  • Apr 22 James P. Kirkwood, American civil engineer (b. 1807)

  • May 6 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet (b. 1804)
  • May 14 John Roberts, Welsh composer, minister and poet, dies at 54
  • May 29 John Lothrop Motley, American historian and author (The Rise of the Dutch Republic), dies at 63
  • Jun 3 Frank Pocock, British explorer, drowned in the Congo
  • Jun 3 Ludwig Ritter von Köchel, Austrian musicologist (b. 1800)
  • Jun 3 Sophie of Württemberg, Queen of Netherlands as wife of William III, dies at 58
  • Jun 6 Prairie Flower, daughter of Ponca & chief Standing Bear, dies
  • Jun 7 Winand Staring, Dutch geologist (Bottom of Netherlands), dies at 68
  • Jul 1 William Henry Davenport, American stage magician, claimed to be a spirit medium, dies at 36
  • Jul 13 Wilhelm E Freiherr von Ketteler, German bishop of Mainz, dies at 65
  • Aug 3 Karl Georg Lickl, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 5 Gustavus, Crown Prince of Sweden, dies at 77
  • Aug 12 James Drummond, Scottish historical painter, (b. 1816)

Person of interestBrigham Young

Aug 29 Brigham Young, 2nd president of Mormon Church, dies of peritonitis at 76

Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church Brigham Young
Founder of Salt Lake City and President of the LDS Church
Brigham Young
  • Aug 30 Raphael Semmes, American Rear Admiral (Confederate Navy), dies at 67
  • Sep 2 Constantine Kanaris, Greek admiral, freedom fighter and politician (b. 1793)
  • Sep 3 Adolphe Thiers, 1st president of 3rd French Republic (1871-77), dies at 80

Person of interestCrazy Horse

Sep 5 Crazy Horse [Tashunka Witko], last great Sioux war chief, dies at 37

Native American War Leader Crazy Horse
Native American War Leader
Crazy Horse
  • Sep 12 Julius Reitz, composer, dies at 64

Person of interestWilliam Henry Fox Talbot

Sep 17 William Henry Fox Talbot, English photographic pioneer, dies at 77

Photography Pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot
Photography Pioneer
William Henry Fox Talbot
  • Sep 23 Urbain JJ Leverrier, codiscoverer of Neptune, dies
  • Sep 25 Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich, German Physician and advocate of scientific medicine, dies at 62
  • Sep 26 Hermann Grassmann, German linguist and mathematician, dies at 68
  • Sep 30 Toohoolhoolzote, prophet of Nez Perce indians, dies in battle
  • Oct 3 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 63
  • Oct 10 Johann Georg Baiter, Swiss philologist, dies at 76
  • Oct 14 Antoine-Amable-Elie Elwart, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 16 John Zwijsen, archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 83
  • Oct 16 Theodore Barrière, French dramatist (b. 1823)
  • Oct 28 Johann Herbeck, composer, dies at 45
  • Oct 28 Robert Swinhoe, British naturalist (b. 1835)

Person of interestNathan Bedford Forrest

Oct 29 Nathan Bedford Forrest, American Confederate general, dies at 56

Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard Nathan Bedford Forrest
Confederate General and KKK Grand Wizard
Nathan Bedford Forrest
  • Nov 1 Oliver Hazard Perry Throck Morton, American politician (Governor of Indiana), dies of a stroke at 56
  • Nov 2 Friedrich Graf von Wrangel, Prussian field marshal, dies at 93
  • Nov 13 Pietro Antonio Coppola, Italian composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 10 Federico Ricci, composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 10 Jared Kirtland, American physician, naturalist and reformed penitentiaries, dies at 84
  • Dec 12 José de Alencar, Brazilian writer (O Guarani), dies at 48
  • Dec 23 Thomas Wright, English antiquarian and writer, dies at 87
  • Dec 24 Robert Parker Parrott, American inventor (developed the rifled cannon known as the Parrott gun), dies at 73
  • Dec 27 Nikolay Alekseyevich Nekrasov, Russian poet, writer and publisher (Russkije Zjenjshiny), dies at 56
  • Dec 29 Willem Sassen, Dutch attorney general on Curacao (Affair-S), dies
  • Dec 31 Alberto Mazzucato, composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 31 Gustave Courbet, French realist painter (Demoiselles the la Seine), dies at 58