On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1777

  • Jan 12 Hugh Mercer, Scottish military officer (fought in the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War), dies of his wounds at the Battle of Princeton at 50
  • Feb 9 Seth Pomeroy, American gunsmith and soldier (b. 1706)
  • Feb 24 Joseph, King of Portugal (1750-77), dies at 62
  • May 11 George Pigot, Baron Pigot, British governor of Madras, dies at 58
  • May 19 Button Gwinnett, British-born American politician, and signer of the Declaration of Independence,dies from wounds incurred in a duel with rival Lachlan McIntosh at 42
  • Jun 16 Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gresset, French poet and dramatist (b. 1709)
  • Jun 22 Josef Christian, German sculptor, dies at 71
  • Jul 13 Guillaume Coustou Jr, French sculptor (Apollo/Mars/Venus), dies at 61
  • Sep 22 John Bartram, American naturalist and explorer, father of American botany, dies at 77
  • Sep 25 Johann Heinrich Lambert, mathematician, dies at 49
  • Oct 5 Ján Andrej Segner, Slovak and German mathematician, physicist, and physician, dies at 72
  • Oct 7 Simon Fraser, English general, dies in battle
  • Nov 10 Cornstalk, Shawnee chief
  • Dec 12 Albrecht von Haller, Swiss experimental physiologist, biologist and author (Acadamy of Science), dies at 69
  • Dec 12 Reverend Benjamin Russen, executed at Tyburn England for rape
  • Dec 30 Maximilian III Joseph, Elector of Bayern (1745-77), dies at 50