On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1915

  • Jan 2 Karl Goldmark, Austria-Hungarian composer (Queen of Saba), dies at 84
  • Jan 3 James Elroy Flecker, English poet and dramatist (Hassan), dies at 30
  • Jan 6 Reginald Wood, cricketer (one Test England v Australia 1886), dies
  • Jan 13 Mary Slessor, Scottish missionary (b. 1848)
  • Jan 14 Richard Meux Benson, founder of Anglican religious order (b. 1824)
  • Jan 15 Guillaume Couture, Canadian choir conductor, composer, and teacher, dies at 63
  • Jan 15 Fannie Farmer, American culinary pioneer who revolutionised modern cooking through the introduction of precise measurements (Boston Cooking-School Cook Book), dies of complications of a stroke at 57
  • Jan 28 Nikolay Umov, Russian physicist and mathematician known for discovering the Umov-Poynting vector and Umov effect, dies at 68
  • Feb 5 Ross Barnes, American baseball player, dies at 64
  • Feb 7 Władysław Górski, Polish violinist, composer and teacher, dies at 68
  • Feb 10 Albert J-BJ Thijs, Belgian Colonial pioneer (Congo), dies at 65
  • Feb 12 Émile Waldteufel, French composer, dies at 77
  • Feb 16 Emil Waldteufel [Charles Levy], French composer (Estudiantina), dies

Person of interestFrank James

Feb 18 Frank James, American outlaw (member of the James-Younger gang), dies at 72

Outlaw Frank James
Outlaw
Frank James
  • Feb 19 Gopal Krishna Gokhale, Indian social reformer and leader of Indian Independence Movement, dies at 48
  • Feb 23 Robert Smalls, African-American congressman (1875-87), dies at 75

  • Feb 24 Amanda Smith, American former slave, singer and evangelist, dies at 78
  • Feb 25 George Mimot, physician (Nobel-1934), dies
  • Mar 4 William Willett, British inventor of Daylight Saving Time, dies of influenza at 58
  • Mar 11 Thomas Alexander Browne, Australian writer (Robbery Under Arms), dies at 88
  • Mar 13 Sergei Witte, 1st Prime Minister of Russia (1905-06), dies at 65
  • Mar 17 Walter Crane, English painter, cartoonist and illustrator (The Lady of Shalott), dies at 69
  • Mar 19 Antonio Agliardi, Italian diplomat and Roman Catholic cardinal, dies at 82

Person of interestFrederick Winslow Taylor

Mar 21 Frederick Winslow Taylor, American mechanical engineer and the father of scientific management, dies of influenza at 59

Mechanical Engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor
Mechanical Engineer
Frederick Winslow Taylor
  • Mar 24 Karol Olszewski, Polish scientist (b. 1846)
  • Mar 31 Wyndham Halswelle, Scottish athlete (Olympic gold 1908), dies at 32
  • Apr 1 Johann Joseph Abert, German composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 3 Andrew Stoddart, English cricketer (England captain) and ruby union player, commits suicide by firearm at 52
  • Apr 14 James Hutton Brew, Pioneer of West African Journalism, dies
  • Apr 16 Nelson W. Aldrich, U.S. Senator from Rhode Island, dies at 73
  • Apr 23 Rupert Brooke, British WW I poet (Lithuania, The Soldier), dies at 27
  • Apr 25 Nicola d' Arienzo, Italian composer, and pedagogue, dies at 72
  • Apr 25 Frederick William Seward, United States Assistant Secretary of State (b. 1830)
  • Apr 27 Alexander Scriabin, Russian composer (Prometheus) & pianist, dies at 43
  • Apr 27 John Labatt, Canadian brewer & businessman (Labatt Brewing Company), dies at 76
  • May 2 Clara Immerwahr, German chemist, first woman to be awarded a doctorate in chemistry in Germany, dies at 44

Person of interestAlfred Gwynne Vanderbilt

May 7 Alfred G. Vanderbilt Sr., American businessman and sportsman (New York Central Railway), dies aboard the RMS Lusitania during World War I at 37

Business Magnate Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt
Business Magnate
Alfred Gwynne Vanderbilt
  • May 7 Alfred Scott Witherbee Jr., American 3 year old who drowned on Lusitania
  • May 7 Charles Frohman, American theatre producer (Peter Pan) dies aboard RMS Lusitania at 58
  • May 8 Henry McNeal Turner, 1 African American Methodist Bishop and 1st African American army chaplain, dies at 82
  • May 9 François Faber, Luxembourgian cyclist (Tour de France 1909), dies of gunshot wounds at 28
  • May 9 Anthony Wilding, New Zealand tennis player (Wimbledon 1910-13), dies on the Western Front at 31
  • May 10 Albert Weisgerber, German painter and graphic artist, dies in battle at 37
  • May 19 John Simpson Kirkpatrick stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (b. 1892)
  • May 19 Bob Ferguson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1880-82), dies at 69
  • May 21 Leonid Gobyato, Russian general (designed the portable mortar), dies in combat at 40
  • Jun 4 William Denis Browne, British composer, dies at 26
  • Jun 5 Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, French artist and sculptor, killed fighting in WWI at 23
  • Jun 7 Benjamin Lambord, American composer, dies at 35
  • Jun 18 Eufemio Zapata, brother to Mexican revolutionist Emiliano Zapata, killed by Sidronio Comancho
  • Jun 19 Sergei Taneyev, Russian pianist and composer (Oresteia), dies at 58
  • Jun 20 Emil Rathenau, German industrialist (AEG), dies ay 76
  • Jun 28 Victor Trumper, Australian Cricket Batsman (48 Tests, top score 214; key figure foundation of rugby league in Australia), dies of Bright's disease at 37
  • Jul 2 José de la Cruz Porfirio Díaz Mori, President of Mexico (1877-1911), dies at 84
  • Jul 10 Hendrik W Mesdag, painter (Panorama Mesdag), dies
  • Jul 15 Ludwik Grossman, composer, dies at 80

Person of interestEllen G. White

Jul 16 ellen white, American co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, dies at 87

Christian Pioneer Ellen G. White
Christian Pioneer
Ellen G. White
  • Jul 17 Francesco Fanciulli, American-Italian composer, dies on 62nd birthday
  • Jul 18 George William Louis Marshall-Hall, English composer, dies at 53
  • Jul 22 Sir Sandford Fleming, Scottish-Canadian engineer and inventor (b. 1827)
  • Jul 26 James Murray, Scottish lexicographer and philologist (Oxford English Dictionary), dies at 78
  • Jul 28 Vilbrun Guillaume Sam, Haitian rebellion leader, President of Haiti (1915), lynched by a mob at 56
  • Aug 4 Richard Kiepert, German cartographer (Africa), dies at 68
  • Aug 9 Henry Longbottom, English lieutenant, dies in battle
  • Aug 10 Henry Moseley, English physicist (b. 1887)
  • Aug 15 Albert Siegfried Bettelheim, Jew convicted of murder, lynched
  • Aug 17 Leo Frank, American convict, hanged in 1915 by a lynch mob in Georgia at 31
  • Aug 20 Paul Ehrlich, German bacteriologist and physician (Chemotherapy, Nobel Prize 1908), dies in 61
  • Aug 26 John Bunny American film comedian, dies at 51
  • Aug 28 John Davis Long, 32nd Governor of Massachusetts (1880-1915), dies at 76
  • Sep 2 August Stramm, German poet and playwright dies in battle during WWI at 41
  • Sep 9 A. G. Spalding, American Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher, manager and executive (NL wins leader 1871–76; co-founder of Spalding sporting goods company), dies at 66
  • Sep 10 Charles Boucher de Boucherville, Premier of Quebec, dies at 93
  • Sep 11 William Sprague IV, American politician and Governor of Rhode Island (1859-63), dies at 84
  • Sep 11 William Cornelius Van Horne, American-Canadian railway executive (Canadian Pacific Railway), dies at 72
  • Sep 13 Andrew L. Harris, American Civil War hero and Governor of Ohio (b. 1835)
  • Sep 21 Anthony Comstock, anti-vice crusader, dies at 71 in NYC
  • Sep 27 Conrad T van Deventer, Dutch jurist/MP (liberal), dies at 57
  • Sep 27 Kaspar C E Ritter von Zumbusch, German/Austrian sculptor, dies at 84
  • Sep 27 Remy de Gourmont, French poet, dies at 57
  • Sep 28 Saitou Hajime, 3rd squad leader of the Shinsengumi died under name of Goro Fujita (b. 1844)

  • Sep 29 Luther Orlando Emerson, American composer, dies at 95
  • Sep 29 Rudi Stephan, German composer (Die ersten Menschen), dies fighting in World War I at 28
  • Oct 2 Russell Alexander, composer, dies at 38
  • Oct 4 George Edwardes, British composer (Gaiety Girl), dies at 59
  • Oct 5 Jose Maria Usandizaga, composer, dies at 28
  • Oct 5 Otto Valdemar Malling, Danish organist and composer (Det hellige Land, opus 46), dies at 67
  • Oct 7 Samuel Prowse Warren, Canadian composer and organist, dies at 74
  • Oct 9 Constant A M Cap, Flemish poet/etcher, dies at 73
  • Oct 12 Edith Louisa Cavell, British nurse, executed by Germans in Belgium during World War I at 49

BattleEdith Cavell

Oct 12 Edith Cavell, British nurse (WWI), executed by firing squad at 49

  • Oct 22 Andrew Noble, Scottish physicist who was a founder of the science of ballistics, dies at 84

Person of interestW. G. Grace

Oct 23 W. G. Grace, English cricket all-rounder and captain (22 Tests; 54,896 runs over record 44 first class seasons; Gloucestershire), dies of a heart attack at 67

Cricketer W. G. Grace
Cricketer
W. G. Grace
  • Oct 24 Désiré Charnay, French traveller and archaeologist, dies at 87
  • Oct 30 Gervys Rignold Hazlitt, cricketer (9 Tests for Aust 1907-12), dies
6th Prime Minister of Canada Charles Tupper
6th Prime Minister of Canada
Charles Tupper

Person of interestBooker T. Washington

Nov 14 Booker T. Washington, educator/organizier, dies at 59 in Tuskegee Ala

Education Pioneer Booker T. Washington
Education Pioneer
Booker T. Washington
  • Nov 14 Theodor Leschetizky, Polish pianist, composer, and teacher (Contes de Jeunesse), dies at 85
  • Nov 19 Joe Hill, Labor leader/songwriter, executed for murder
  • Nov 19 Solomon Schechter, Moldavian-American Talmudic scholar and rabbi, dies at about 64
  • Nov 27 Sigismund Vladislavovich Zaremba, Ukrainian-Russian composer, dies at 54
  • Nov 28 Luigi Capuana, Sicilian author and critic (C'era una Volta), dies at 76
  • Nov 28 Mubarak Al-Sabah "The Great", Emir of Kuwait (b. 1896)
  • Dec 2 Jan Malat, Czech composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 4 Gustav Hollaender, German violinist, conductor, and composer, dies at 60
  • Dec 13 Francis Cockrell, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 81
  • Dec 18 Henry Enfield Roscoe, English Chemist, dies at 82
  • Dec 18 Louise Blanchard Bethune, 1st American female architect, dies at 59
  • Dec 19 Alois Alzheimer, German psychiatrist/neurologist (Alzheimer Disease), dies at 51
  • Dec 23 Roland Leighton, English poet and soldier (featured in The Testament of Youth) dies on French battlefield during WWI at 20
  • Dec 28 Gerrit Jan van Heek, Dutch textile manufacturer and politician, dies at 78
  • Dec 29 C. B. Hawley, American organist and composer, dies at 57
  • Dec 29 Thomas Shelvin, College Football Hall of Fame defensive end (Yale), dies of pneumonia at 32
  • Dec 29 Tom Shevlin, American College Football Hall of Fame end (Consensus All-American 1902, 04, 05; National C'ship 1902, 05; Yale University), dies of pneumonia at 32