On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1897

Person of interestIsaac Pitman

Jan 12 Isaac Pitman, English teacher and inventor of Pitman shorthand (Stenographic Soundhand), dies at 84

English Teacher and Inventor Isaac Pitman
English Teacher and Inventor
Isaac Pitman
  • Jan 29 John E. Smith, American Brevet Major General (Union Army), dies at 80
  • Feb 1 Constantin von Ettingshausen, Austrian geologist, dies at 70
  • Feb 5 Charles "Old Hoss" Radbourn, American pitcher won 60 games in 1884, dies at 42
  • Feb 6 Ebenezer C Brewer, British writer (Dictionary of Phrase & Fable), dies
  • Feb 7 Galileo Ferraris, Italian physicist and electrical engineer, dies at 49
  • Feb 13 Joseph O. Shelby, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 66
  • Feb 19 Karl Weierstrass, German mathematician (theory of functions), dies at 81
  • Feb 22 Charles Blondin, French acrobat and tight rope walker, dies at 72
  • Feb 23 Woldemar Bargiel, German composer, dies at 68
  • Mar 9 Sondre Norheim, Norwegian skier and pioneer of modern skiing, dies at 71
  • Mar 10 Teodulo Mabellini, Italian composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 11 Berthold Tours, Dutch-English composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 11 Henry Drummond, Scottish geologist, evangelist, dies at 45
  • Mar 19 Antoine T. d'Abbadie, French explorer (Ethiopia), dies at 87
  • Mar 20 Apollon Maykov, Russian poet, dies at 76

  • Mar 27 Andreas Anagnostakis, Greek physician (b. 1826)

Person of interestJohannes Brahms

Apr 3 Johannes Brahms, German composer and conductor (Hung Dances), dies at 63

Composer and Conductor Johannes Brahms
Composer and Conductor
Johannes Brahms
  • Apr 8 George Garrett, English composer, dies at 62
  • Apr 8 Heinrich von Stephan, UK politician, dies
  • Apr 23 Clement Harris, English composer, killed fighting in the Greco-Turkish war at 25
  • May 2 William Cleaver Francis Robinson, composer, dies at 63
  • May 10 William Thomas Best, English organist and composer, dies at 70
  • May 10 Andrés Bonifacio, Filipino revolutionary leader of 1896 Philippine revolt against Spain, dies at 33
  • May 12 Ulrika "Minna" Cant-Johnstown, Finnish playwright, dies at 53
  • May 12 Willem Roelofs, Dutch painter and lithographer, dies at 75
  • May 21 Karol Mikuli, composer, dies at 77
  • May 23 Aleko Konstantinov, Bulgarian writer (To Chicago & Back), dies at 34
  • May 29 Julius von Sachs, German botanist and naturalist, dies at 64
  • Jun 9 Alvan Graham Clark, American telescope maker and astronomer (Sirius B), dies 3 weeks after 1st use of Yerkes 40" lens at 64
  • Jun 17 Sebastian Kneipp, Bavarian priest and naturopathist (known for "Kneipp Cure" form of hydrotherapy), dies at 76
  • Jun 22 Ralph Abercromby, British meteorologist, dies at about 54
  • Jun 25 Margaret Oliphant, Scottish novelist and biographer (Beleaguered City), dies at 69
  • Jul 12 Félix Godefroid, Belgian harpist and composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 14 John Franklin Farnsworth, American politician and Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 77
  • Jul 16 Levin Goldschmidt, German business law expert, dies at 1897

  • Jul 20 Jean Ingelow, English poet (b. 1820)
  • Jul 20 Philip Dale Roddey, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 71
  • Jul 25 Athol Estes Porter, American wife of writer O. Henry, dies of tuberculosis at about 29
  • Jul 29 Joost Gerard Kist, Dutch lawyer and president of High Council (1885-97), dies at 74
  • Aug 8 Jacob Burckhardt, Swiss cultural historian, dies at 79
  • Aug 9 Samuel McGowan, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 77
  • Aug 13 Antonius von der Linde, Neth/German librarian, dies at 63
  • Sep 20 Karel Bendl, Czech composer, dies at 59
  • Sep 21 Wilhelm Wattenbach, German historian (b. 1819)
  • Sep 22 Charles-Denis Bourbaki, French general, dies at 81
  • Sep 30 St Therese of Lisieux, Roman Catholic saint and mystic (b. 1873)
  • Oct 8 Martin Pluddemann, composer, dies at 43
  • Oct 8 Alexei Savrasov, Russian painter, dies at 67
  • Oct 9 John Heemskerk, Dutch politician (Minister of the Interior 1866-88), dies at 79
  • Oct 11 Leon Boelmann, French organist/composer (Suite Gothique), dies at 35
  • Oct 17 Isidor Dannström, Swedish composer, dies at 84
  • Oct 19 George Pullman, American inventor and industrialist (b. 1831)
  • Oct 21 Paul Kuczynski, Polish composer, dies at 50
  • Oct 24 Francis Turner Palgrave, English poet (Golden Treasury), dies at 73
  • Oct 27 Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, granddaughter of George III, grandmother of Edward VIII and George VI and great-grandmother of Elizabeth II, dies at 63
  • Oct 28 Hercules Robinson, British colonial administrator (Ceylon, Fiji, New Zealand, South Africa), dies at 72
  • Nov 6 Édouard Deldevez, French violinist and composer, dies at 80
  • Nov 9 Moritz Heuzenroeder, composer, dies at 48
  • Nov 10 Moritz Heuzenroeder, German pianist and composer who settled in Australia, dies at 47 [1]
  • Nov 15 John Mercer Langston, 1st African-American to hold US political office, dies at 67
  • Nov 17 George Hendric Houghton, American Protestant Episcopal clergyman (b. 1820)
  • Nov 19 William Seymour Tyler, American educator and historian (b. 1810).
  • Nov 30 Abraham Carel Wertheim, Dutch banker and philanthropist, dies at 64
  • Dec 16 Alphonse Daudet, French writer (Tartarin sur les Alpes), dies at 57
  • Dec 18 Carlo A Alfieri, Italian Member of parliament, dies at 70
  • Dec 24 Marshall Newell, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle (Harvard; All-American 1890-93) and coach (Cornell, Tufts), dies in a railroad accident at 26
  • Dec 28 William Corby, American Catholic priest and President of the University of Notre Dame, dies at 64
  • Dec 29 William James Linton, American wood engraver and political reformer. (b. 1812)