Historical Figures Who Died in 1784

  • Apr 4 Mary Mead, wife of English radical and journalist John Wilkes (b. 1715)
  • Apr 10 Simon Fokke, book illustrator, dies at 71
  • Apr 26 (Honora) "Nano" Nagle, Irish Catholic educator and religious order founder (Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, aka Presentation Sisters) dies of tuberculosis at about 66.
  • Apr 30 Franz K earl von Velbruck, German free mason, dies
  • May 12 Abraham Trembley, Swiss naturalist (first to study freshwater polyps or hydra), dies at 73
  • Jun 6 Joan Derk, Baron van der Capellen tot den Pol, Leader of democratic Patriots, dies at 42
  • Jun 13 Henry Middleton, American president of the Continental Congress (b. 1717)
  • Jun 29 Caesar Rodney, American judge (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 55
  • Jul 8 Torbern Bergman, Swedish chemist (b. 1735)
  • Jul 15 Johan B Straub, South German sculptor, dies
  • Aug 10 Allan Ramsay, Scottish painter, dies at 70
  • Aug 14 Nathaniel Hone, Irish-born portrait and miniature painter, dies at 66

Junípero Serra

Aug 28 Junipero Serra, Spanish missionary priest who founded the 1st missions in California, dies at 70

  • Sep 4 César-François Cassini de Thury, French astronomer (geodesic labor), dies at 70

Ann Lee

Sep 8 Ann Lee, American founder of the Shakers, dies at 48

Phillis Wheatley

Dec 5 Phillis Wheatley, American poet and first published African-American woman, dies in Boston at 31

Samuel Johnson

Dec 13 Samuel Johnson, English scholar and lexicographer (A Dictionary of the English Language), dies at 75

  • Dec 25 Yosa Buson, Japanese painter (b. 1716)
  • Dec 26 Otto Friedrich Müller, Danish Naturalist who was a pioneer in the study of microorganisms, dies at 54
  • Dec 26 Seth Warner, American revolutionary leader, dies at 41