Famous People Who Died in May 1877

  • May 6 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet (b. 1804)
  • May 14 John Roberts, Welsh composer, minister and poet, dies at 54
  • May 18 William "Extra Billy" Smith, American lawyer, politician (Governor of Virginia, 1846-49 and 1864-65; US Representative from Virginia, 1853-61), and oldest General in the Confederate Army, dies at 89
  • May 29 John Lothrop Motley, American historian and author (The Rise of the Dutch Republic), dies at 63