On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1755

  • Feb 10 Montesquieu, French writer (b. 1689)
  • Feb 11 Francesco Scipione, marchese di Maffei, Italian archaeologist (b. 1675)
  • Mar 2 Louis de Rouvroy, duc de Saint-Simon, French writer (b. 1675)
  • Apr 6 Richard Rawlinson, English minister and antiquarian (b. 1690)

Louis Mandrin

May 26 Louis Mandrin, French smuggler considered the French Robin Hood, tortured and executed at 30 in front of 6,000 onlookers by being broken on the wheel for 8 minutes and then strangled

  • Jul 13 Edward Braddock, British General, dies of his wounds from the Battle of Fort Duquesne (near present day Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania), during French & Indian War at 60
  • Aug 22 Caspar Burman, Dutch historian and Mayor of Utrecht, dies at 59
  • Sep 8 Ephraim Williams, American philanthropist (Williams College), dies at 40
  • Sep 9 Johann Lorenz von Mosheim, German historian (b. 1694)
  • Oct 4 Samuel von Cocceji, German lawyer, dies
  • Oct 16 Saint Gerard Majella, Catholic saint, dies at 29
  • Oct 22 Elisha Williams, American rector of Yale College (b. 1694)
  • Nov 11 Johan van de Bergh, Leids regent, dies at 91