On This Day

Famous People Who Died in October 1885

Person of interestDoc Durant

Oct 5 Doc Durant [Thomas C. Durant], American financier and railroad promoter (Transcontinental Railroad-Union Pacific), dies at 65

Financier and Railroad Promoter Doc Durant
Financier and Railroad Promoter
Doc Durant
  • Oct 6 Thomas Talbot, American politician, 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