Famous Deaths in 1891

  • Jan 4 Joe Hunter, cricket wicket-keeper (England on 1884-85 Aust tour), dies
  • Jan 4 Antoine Labelle, Quebec catholic priest (b. 1833)
  • Jan 5 Guillaume L Baud, Dutch minister of Colonies (1848-49), dies at 89
  • Jan 5 Emma Abbott, American soprano (b. 1849)
  • Jan 7 Carl Gottfried Wilhelm Taubert, composer, dies at 79
  • Jan 8 Fredrik Pacius, composer, dies at 81
  • Jan 11 Georges-Eugene, Baron Haussmann, French administrator and architect, dies at 81
  • Jan 16 Clement Léo Delibes, French romantic composer (Coppélia, Sylvia, Le roi l'a dit ,Lakmé), dies at 54
  • Jan 17 Johannes Josephus Hermanus Verhulst, composer, dies at 74

Person of interestGeorge Bancroft

Jan 17 George Bancroft, American historian and father of U.S. History, dies at 90

Father of U.S. History George Bancroft
Father of U.S. History
George Bancroft
  • Jan 20 David Kalakahua, emperor of Hawaii, dies
  • Jan 21 Calixa Lavallee, Canadian composer (O Canada), dies at 48
  • Jan 23 Boudouin LPMCAJL, prince of Belgium/count of Flaanders, dies at 21
  • Jan 26 Nicholaus Otto, German auto pioneer (internal combustion engine), dies. (b. 1833)
  • Jan 31 Ernest Meissonier, French painter/etcher/sculptor, dies at 75
  • Feb 9 Johan B Jongkind, Dutch/French painter (Winter View), dies at 71
  • Feb 10 Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician (b. 1850)
  • Feb 13 David Dixon Porter, United States Navy admiral, dies at 77

Person of interestWilliam Tecumseh Sherman

Feb 14 William Tecumseh Sherman, American Major General in the Union Army, dies at 71

  • Mar 15 Théodore de Banville, French writer, dies at 67
  • Mar 15 Joseph Bazalgette, English civil engineer (b. 1819)
  • Mar 17 Napoleon JKP Bonaparte, French prince/member National Convention, dies at 68

Person of interestJoseph E. Johnston

Mar 21 Joseph E. Johnston, American military officer (senior officer in Confederate Army and United States Army), dies at 84

American Military Officer Joseph E. Johnston
American Military Officer
Joseph E. Johnston
  • Mar 24 Daniel H. Wells, Mormon leader and 3rd Mayor of Salt Lake City, dies at 76
  • Mar 28 Dick Pilling, cricketer ("Prince of Wicketkeepers", Eng 1881-88), dies

Person of interestGeorges Seurat

Mar 29 Georges Seurat, French post-impressionist painter (Pointillism), dies at 31

Post-Impressionist Painter Georges Seurat
Post-Impressionist Painter
Georges Seurat
  • Apr 7 Phineas T Barnum, US circus promoter (B & Bailey), dies at 88
  • Apr 7 P. T. [Phineas Taylor] Barnum, American circus promoter (Barnum & Bailey), dies at 80
  • Apr 15 Stephen Albert Emery, American composer and pianist, dies at 49
  • Apr 17 Jules Eugene Abraham Alary, composer, dies at 77
  • Apr 24 Helmuth von Moltke the Elder, Prussian general and fieldmarshal, dies at 90
  • Apr 25 Nathaniel Woodard, English educationalist (b. 1811)
  • May 4 Sherlock Holmes, "dies" at Reichenbach Falls
  • May 6 Thomas Hare, English barrister and political reformer, dies at 85
  • May 8 Helena Petrovina Blavatsky, Russian theosophist, dies
  • May 10 Karl Wilhelm von Nägeli, Swiss botanist (famous for his work on plant cells), dies at 74
  • May 11 Edmond Becquerel, French physicist who studied the solar spectrum, magnetism, electricity and optics (photovoltaic effect), dies at 71
  • May 16 Ion Brătianu, Romanian statesman (b. 1821)
  • May 23 Ignace Xavier Joseph Leybach, composer, dies at 73
  • May 26 Frederick Bowen Jewson, Scottish composer, dies at 67

Person of interestJohn A. Macdonald

Jun 6 John A. Macdonald, 1st Prime Minister of Canada (1867-73 and 1878-91), dies of a stroke at 76

Prime Minister of Canada John A. Macdonald
Prime Minister of Canada
John A. Macdonald
  • Jun 14 Nicolo Gabrielli, composer, dies at 77
  • Jun 23 Francis Henry Brown, composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 23 George Parr, cricketer (Nottinghamshire & All-England), dies
  • Jun 23 Wilhelm Eduard Weber, German physicist, dies at 86
  • Jun 24 Ann Mounsey, English composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 28 Jose Inzenga y Castellanos, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 3 Stefano Golinelli, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 4 Frederic Louis Ritter, composer, dies at 67
  • Jul 4 Hannibal Hamlin, U.S. Vice President (b. 1809)
  • Jul 21 Franco Faccio, Italian composer and conductor, dies at 51

  • Jul 31 Jean-Baptist Capronnier, French-Belgian glass painter, dies at 77
  • Aug 2 George Washington Williams, American historian (History of the Negro Race in America), dies from tuberculosis and pleurisy at 41
  • Aug 5 Henry Charles Litolff, French pianist/componist, dies at 73
  • Aug 12 James Russell Lowell, poet/critic/diplomat, dies
  • Aug 14 Johnny Mullagh, cricketer (Aboriginal tourist 1868), dies
  • Aug 22 Jan Neruda, Czech author (b. 1834)
  • Aug 29 Pierre Lallement, inventor of the bicycle (b. 1843 or 1844)
  • Sep 2 Ferdinand Christian Wilhelm Praeger, composer, dies at 76
  • Sep 7 Lorenzo Sawyer, 9th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of California (b. 1820)
  • Sep 9 Jules Grévy, 2nd President of the French Third Republic, dies at 84
  • Sep 18 William Ferrel, American mathematician (b. 1817)
  • Sep 27 Ivan Goncharov, Russian author (b. 1812)

Person of interestHerman Melville

Sep 28 Herman Melville, American writer (Billy Budd, Moby-Dick), dies at 72

Moby Dick Author Herman Melville
Moby Dick Author
Herman Melville
  • Sep 30 Georges Boulanger, French general and politician (b. 1837)
  • Oct 3 Edouard Lucas, French mathematician (Lucas sequences), dies at 49
  • Oct 6 Charles Stewart Parnell, English-Irish Home Rule Party leader, dies at 45
  • Oct 9 Johannes Tideman, theologist, dies at 83
  • Oct 11 Charles Stewart Parnells remains buried in Ireland
  • Oct 15 Gilbert Arthur a Beckett, English writer (b. 1837)
  • Oct 16 Sarah Winnemucca, indian scout, dies
  • Oct 22 Ernst von Fleischl-Marxow, Austrian physiologist (b. 1846)

Person of interestArthur Rimbaud

Nov 10 Arthur Rimbaud, French poet and arms merchant (Saison en Enfer), dies of a bone cancer at 37

  • Dec 5 JKLSBFXvPSMGRG Pedro II of Alcantara, emp of Brazil (1831-89), dies
  • Dec 6 Émile Bayard, French artist and illustrator, dies at 54
  • Dec 11 Johan C J van Schagen, Dutch poet/writer (Narrenwijsheid), dies
  • Dec 17 Msiri, ruler of the Garanganze Kingdom, Congo (Katanga), dies in battle against Belgian funded expedition
  • Dec 17 Omer Bodson, Belgian captain, dies in battle against Msiri, ruler of Garanganze Kingdom in the Congo
  • Dec 23 Holger Simon Paulli, composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 28 Alfred Cellier, composer, dies at 47
  • Dec 29 Leopold Kronecker, German mathematician, dies at 68