Famous Deaths in 1879

  • Jan 9 Don Joaquin BF Espartero, fieldmarshall/viceroy of Navarra, dies at 86
  • Jan 13 Henry the Navigator, prince of the Netherlands, third son of King William II of the Netherlands, dies at 58
  • Jan 16 Octave Crémazie, French Canadian poet, dies at 51
  • Jan 22 Anthony Durnford, British colonel, dies in Battle of Isandlwana
  • Jan 22 George Shepstone, British political affiliate, dies in battle
  • Jan 23 Adolf Jensen, composer, dies at 42
  • Jan 29 Antonia MB Antonucci, Italian cardinal/diplomat, dies at 80
  • Feb 11 Honore Daumier, caricaturist/painter, dies
  • Feb 11 Willem J van Zeggelen, Dutch author/novelist/writer, dies at 67
  • Feb 21 Peter P van Bosse, Dutch liberal minister of Finance, dies at 69
  • Feb 23 Albrecht von Roon, Prussian soldier and statesman (Minister of War), dies at 75
  • Mar 1 Joachim Heer, Swiss politician (b. 1825)
  • Mar 2 John Eberhard Faber, German-American pencil manufacturer and built 1st large-scale pencil factory in US, dies at 56
  • Mar 13 Adolf Anderssen, German world champ chess (1851..66), dies at 60
  • Mar 30 David van der Kellen, Dutch coin engraver, dies at 74
  • Mar 30 Thomas Couture, French painter/author, dies at 63

  • Apr 4 Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, Prussian physicist and meteorologist, dies at 75
  • Apr 8 Anthony Panizzi, Italian librarian at British Museum, dies at 81
  • Apr 9 Ernst Richter, German musical theorist and composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 16 Bernadette, st/(saw Virgin Mary at Lourdes), dies in Nevers France
  • Apr 18 Anthony Pannizim, principal librarian (British Museum), dies
  • Apr 30 Emma Smith, Inaugural President of the Women's Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 74
  • May 4 William Froude, British civil eng/shipbuilder (F Integer), dies at 68
  • May 15 Gottfried Semper, German architect (b. 1803)
  • May 17 Asa Packer, railroad magnate and founder of Lehigh Valley Railroad (b. 1805)
  • May 21 Arturo Prat, Chilean naval officer (b. 1848)

Person of interestWilliam Lloyd Garrison

May 24 William Lloyd Garrison, abolitionist (Liberator), dies at 73

Abolitionist and Social Reformer William Lloyd Garrison
Abolitionist and Social Reformer
William Lloyd Garrison
  • Jun 1 Napoléon IV, Prince Imperial, Head of the House of Bonaparte (1873-79), killed in action during the Anglo-Zulu war at 23
  • Jun 2 Napoléon IV, Prince Imperial, Emperor of the French (1873-79), dies in battle at 23
  • Jun 11 Willem, (crown)prince of Orange, dies of bronchitis or murder at 39
  • Jul 6 Henry Smart, English organist and composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 16 Edward Deas Thomson, Australian politician (b. 1800)
  • Jul 17 Maurycy Gottlieb, Ukrainian painter (b. 1856)
  • Aug 3 Joseph Severn, English painter (b. 1793)
  • Aug 8 Immanuel Hermann Fichte, German philosopher, dies at 83
  • Aug 22 Friedrich August Kummer, composer, dies at 82
  • Aug 27 Rowland Hill, introduced postage stamps, dies at 84
  • Aug 30 John B Hood, confederate general (lost Atlanta), dies at 48
  • Aug 31 William Barber, 6th US chief engraver (1844-79), dies
  • Sep 8 Nikolay Ivanovich Zaremba, composer, dies at 58
  • Sep 12 Peter Arnold Heise, composer, dies at 49
  • Sep 14 Bernhard von Cotta, German geologist, dies at 70
  • Sep 17 Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect (b. 1814)
  • Sep 28 Nathan C Meeker, American poet/writer, murdered
  • Oct 8 Miguel Grau Seminario, Peruvian Admiral (b. 1834)
  • Oct 13 Henry Charles Carey, American economist (Principles of Poli Economy), dies at 85
  • Oct 14 F Kornberger, writer, dies at 58
  • Oct 27 John Wilkins Whitfield, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 61
  • Oct 28 Marie Roch Louis Reybaud, French writer (b. 1799)
  • Oct 31 Big Snake, brother of Ponca chief Standing Bear, dies
  • Oct 31 Jacob Abbott, American author (b. 1803)
  • Oct 31 Joseph Hooker, American General (b. 1814)
  • Nov 1 Zachariah Chandler, American merchant and politician (found Republican Party), dies at 65
  • Nov 5 James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish physicist (speed of light), dies of abdominal cancer at 48
  • Dec 6 Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American inventor of weaving machine, dies at 65
  • Dec 18 Charley Parkhurst, American stagecoach driver who disguised herself as a women for 30 years, dies at 67