Famous People Who Died in 1915

  • Jan 2 (Károly) "Karl" Goldmark, Hungarian-Viennese violinist and composer (Rustic Wedding Symphony; The Queen of Sheba; Sakuhtala), 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 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 15 Guillaume Couture, Canadian choir conductor, composer, and teacher, dies at 63
  • 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 infielder (3×NA/NL batting champion 1872, 73, 76; 4×NA/NL runs scored leader; 4×NA/NL hits leader; Boston Red Stockings), 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 pianist and composer (Estudiantina), dies at 77

Frank JamesFrank James (1843-1915)

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

  • 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

Frederick Winslow TaylorFrederick Winslow Taylor (1856-1915)

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

  • 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

Rupert BrookeRupert Brooke (1887-1915)

Apr 23 British WW I poet (Lithuania, The Soldier), dies at 27

  • Apr 25 Frederick William Seward, United States Assistant Secretary of State (b. 1830)
  • Apr 25 Nicola d' Arienzo, Italian composer, and pedagogue, dies at 72
  • 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

Alfred Gwynne VanderbiltAlfred Gwynne Vanderbilt (1877-1915)

May 7 American businessman (New York Central Railway), dies aboard the RMS Lusitania during World War I at 37

  • 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

Anthony WildingAnthony Wilding (1883-1915)

May 9 New Zealand tennis player (Wimbledon 1910-13), killed in action on the Western Front at 31

François FaberFrançois Faber (1887-1915)

May 9 Luxembourgian cyclist (Tour de France 1909), killed in action by gunshot wounds at 28

  • May 10 Albert Weisgerber, German painter and graphic artist, dies in battle at 37
  • May 19 Bob Ferguson, Scottish golfer (British Open 1880-82), dies at 69
  • May 19 John Simpson Kirkpatrick stretcher bearer with the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps at Gallipoli during World War I (b. 1892)
  • 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 19 Sergei Taneyev, Russian pianist and composer (Oresteia), dies at 58
  • Jun 20 Emil Rathenau, German industrialist (AEG), dies ay 76

Victor TrumperVictor Trumper (1877-1915)

Jun 28 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

Ellen G. WhiteEllen G. White (1827-1915)

Jul 16 American religious leader and co-founder of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, dies at 87

  • Jul 17 Francesco Fanciulli, American-Italian composer, dies on 62nd birthday
  • Jul 18 George Marshall-Hall, British organist, poet, and composer who worked chiefly in Australia, 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 (relationship between atomic number and charge of the atomic nucleus), shot and killed at Gallipoli during WWI, at 27
  • 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 HOF pitcher, manager and executive (NL wins leader 1871–76; President, co-owner Chicago White Stockings; 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 Cornelius Van Horne, American-Canadian railway executive (Canadian Pacific Railway), dies at 72
  • Sep 11 William Sprague IV, American politician and Governor of Rhode Island (1859-63), dies at 84
  • 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, American vaudenille performer, euphonium virtuoso, and march composer, dies at 38
  • Oct 4 George Edwardes, British composer (Gaiety Girl), dies at 59
  • Oct 5 José María Usandizaga, Spanish Basque composer (Mendi Mendiyan - High in the Mountains), dies of tuberculosis 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

Edith CavellEdith Cavell (1865-1915)

Oct 12 British nurse, executed by German firing squad in Belgium during World War I at 49

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

W. G. GraceW. G. Grace (1848-1915)

Oct 23 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

  • Oct 24 Désiré Charnay, French traveller and archaeologist, dies at 87

Charles TupperCharles Tupper (1821-1915)

Oct 30 6th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 69-day term in 1896), dies of heart failure at 94

  • Oct 30 Gervys Rignold Hazlitt, cricketer (9 Tests for Aust 1907-12), dies

Booker T. WashingtonBooker T. Washington (1856-1915)

Nov 14 American education pioneer and 1st African American on a US stamp, dies at 59

  • Nov 14 Theodor Leschetizky, Polish pianist, composer, and teacher (Contes de Jeunesse), dies at 85
  • Nov 19 Joe Hill [Joel Hägglund], Swedish-American labor activist and protest songwriter "The Preacher and the Slave"; "There Is Power in a Union"), executed at Sugar House Prison in Salt Lake City, Utah for murder at 36
  • 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 professional architect (Buffalo Meter Company Building), 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 Tom Shevlin, American College Football Hall of Fame end (Yale - Consensus All-American 1902, 04, 05; National C'ship 1902, 05), dies of pneumonia at 32