Famous Deaths in 1885

  • Jan 4 Iosif Kotek, Russian composer and violinist, dies at 29
  • Jan 6 Peter C Asbjornsen, Norwegian fairy tale writer, dies at 72
  • Jan 13 Schuyler Colfax, American politician (b.1823)
  • Jan 19 Fred Burnaby, English colonel/balloon pioneer, dies in battle
  • Jan 24 Martin R Delany, African American nationalist and Physician (1st African American major in US Army), dies at 72
  • Jan 26 Charles George Gordon, British Governor-General of Sudan, executed at 51
  • Jan 26 Edward Davy, English inventor (b. 1806)
  • Feb 14 Jules Vallès, French writer (b. 1832)
  • Feb 15 Leopold Damrosch, composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 18 Charlotte Sainton-Dolby, English contralto and composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 28 Fredrick Vilhelm Ludvig Norman, Swedish composer, dies at 53
  • Mar 31 Franz W Abbot, German composer/choir conductor, dies at 65
  • Mar 31 Philipp Fahrbach the Elder, Austrian composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 7 Carl Theodor Ernst von Siebold, German physiologist (b. 1804)
  • Apr 10 John H Scholten, theologist (Free Want), dies at 73
  • Apr 23 William Henry Holmes, composer, dies at 73

  • Apr 30 J. P. [Jens Peter] Jacobsen, Danish writer (Niels Lyhne), dies of tuberculosis at 38
  • May 4 Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia (1842-58), dies at 78
  • May 5 Lauro Rossi, Italian composer (I falsi monetari), dies at 73
  • May 8 Pavel Krizkovsky, composer, dies at 65
  • May 10 Edward Stephen, composer, dies at 62
  • May 10 Ferdinand Hiller, German pianist, composer and conductor, dies at 73
  • May 13 Juliana Horatia [Gatty] Ewing, author (Lob Lie-by-the-Fire), dies
  • May 13 Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle, German pathologist, dies at 75
  • May 19 Peter W. Barlow, English engineer (b. 1809)
  • May 21 Gavril Yakimovich Lomakin, composer, dies at 73

Person of interestVictor Hugo

May 22 Victor Hugo, French author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables), dies at 83

Author Victor Hugo
Author
Victor Hugo
  • May 29 Alfred von Meissner, Austria physician/writer (Ziska), dies at 63
  • May 29 Alfred Meissner, Austrian poet, dies at 62
  • Jun 5 Julius Benedict, composer (Protoghesi), dies at 80
  • Jun 8 Ignace Bourget, Bishop of Montreal (b. 1799)
  • Jun 16 Wilhelm Camphausen, German painter (b. 1818)
  • Jun 17 Gen Edwin H K Freiherr von Manteuffel, mayor (Elzas-Lothar'n), dies
  • Jun 22 Mahdi, [Muhammad Ahmed], Sudanese music reviewer, dies
  • Jul 1 Hermann von Fehling, German chemist (Fehling's reagens), dies at 73
  • Jul 7 Nicola De Giosa, Italian composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 8 Henry Waelput, Flemish composer/conductor (Blessing of Arms), dies
  • Jul 15 Rosalia de Castro, Spanish writer and poet in the Galician language ('Séculos Escuros') (b. 1837)
  • Jul 17 Jean-Charles Chapais, Canadian politician (b. 1811)

Person of interestUlysses S. Grant

Jul 23 Ulysses S. Grant, 18th US President (1869-77) and Union general, dies of esophageal cancer in Mount McGregor NY at 63

Union General and US President Ulysses S. Grant
Union General and US President
Ulysses S. Grant
  • Aug 7 Anthony Modderman, Dutch politician (Minister of Justice, 1879-83), dies at 46

  • Aug 12 Georg Curtius, German classical linguist, dies at 65
  • Aug 12 Helen Hunt Jackson, American author (Ramona), dies at 54
  • Aug 20 Edouard J. A. Agneessens, Flemish painter (Slave Market), dies at 42
  • Aug 25 Reuben Fenton, American merchant and politician (22nd Governor of New York), dies at 66
  • Aug 28 Julius Hopp, Austrian composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 13 Friedrich Kiel, Austrian composer (b. 1821)
  • Sep 15 Juliusz Zarebski, composer, dies at 31
  • Sep 15 Jumbo, P. T. Barnum's circus elephant (hit by a train)
  • Sep 30 Maria Gartmann, Dutch actress, dies at 60
  • Oct 6 Thomas Talbot, 31st Governor of Massachusetts, dies at 67
  • Oct 10 John McCloskey, 1st American cardinal and Archbishop of New York, dies at 75
  • Oct 23 Charles S. West, American jurist and politician, dies at 56

Person of interestGeorge McClellan

Oct 29 George McClellan, Union army major general, dies of a heart attack at 58

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • Oct 29 James Hannington, English missionary, murdered in Uganda
  • Oct 30 Gustav Merkel, German organist and composer, dies at 57
  • Nov 8 Johannes Kneppelhout, [Klikspaan], Dutch humorist/author, dies at 71

Person of interestLouis Riel

Nov 16 Louis Riel, Canadian rebel leader and "Father of Manitoba", hanged for treason at 41

Politician Louis Riel
Politician
Louis Riel
  • Nov 24 Alfonso XII, king of Spain (1875-85), dies at 27
  • Nov 25 Alfonso XII, king of Spain (1874-85), dies at 27
  • Nov 25 Thomas A. Hendricks, 21st US Vice President (D), dies 8 months after taking office at 66
  • Nov 26 Thomas Andrews, Irish chemist and physicist (ozone), dies at 71
  • Dec 8 William Henry Vanderbilt, American businessman, member of the Vanderbilt family, dies at 64
  • Dec 24 Louis-Prosper Gachard, Belgian historian, dies at 85