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Deaths in History in 1790

  • Jan 2 Joseph Anton Feuchtmayer, German rococo sculptor, dies at 73
  • Jan 8 John Stinstra, Dutch baptist vicar, dies at 81
  • Jan 13 Luc Urbain de BouĂ«xic, comte de Guichen, French admiral, dies at 77
  • Jan 15 John Landen, English mathematician (b. 1719)
  • Jan 31 Thomas Lewis, Irish-American surveyor, lawyer, and a pioneer of early Virginia, dies at 71
  • Feb 5 William Cullen, Scottish physician and chemist, dies at 79
  • Feb 20 Joseph II, Emperor of Holy Roman empire, dies at 48
  • Mar 5 Flora MacDonald, Scottish woman who helped Bonnie Prince Charlie escape, buried in the sheet he slept in at 67 or 68
  • Mar 12 Andreas Hadik, Austro-Hungarian general (b. 1710)

Person of interestBenjamin Franklin

Apr 17 Benjamin Franklin, US Founding Father, inventor, ambassador and writer (Poor Richards Almanac), dies at 84

United States Founding Father Benjamin Franklin
United States Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin
  • May 4 Matthew Tilghman, American delegate to the Continental Congress (b. 1718)
  • May 9 William Clingan, American delegate to the Continental Congress
  • May 16 Philip Yorke, 2nd Earl of Hardwicke, English politician, dies at 70
  • May 21 Thomas Warton, English critic and poet (Pleasures of Melancholy) British Poet Laureate (1785-90), dies at 62
  • May 27 Jeremiah Carlton, laziest man in history, heir to a large fortune at 19 went to bed & stayed there for next 70 yrs, dies at 89
  • May 29 Israel Putnam, American Revolutionary War general (b. 1718)

  • Jun 29 Feike H Van de Crew, Fries writer (Mayke Jakkelis), dies
  • Jul 7 Franciscus "Frans" Hemsterhuis, Frisian philosopher, dies at 68
  • Jul 14 Ernst Gideon Freiherr von Laudon, Austrian field marshal (b. 1717)

Person of interestAdam Smith

Jul 17 Adam Smith, Scottish economist (Wealth of Nations) and moral philosopher, dies at 67

Economist and Philosopher Adam Smith
Economist and Philosopher
Adam Smith
  • Jul 25 Johann Bernhard Basedow, German educational reformer, dies at 66
  • Jul 25 William Livingston, American politician and 1st revolutionary Governor of New Jersey, dies at 66
  • Sep 2 Johann N von Hontheim, German religious historian/Bishop, dies
  • Sep 24 John Keyse Sherwin, engraver/painter, dies
  • Oct 14 William Hooper, American attorney and signer of U.S. Declaration of Independence, dies at 48
  • Oct 19 Lyman Hall, American physician and signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 66
  • Oct 29 Pieter van/of Bleiswijk, pension advisor 1771-87, dies at about 66
  • Nov 6 James Bowdoin, American Revolutionary leader and politician, dies at 64
  • Nov 16 Daniel of St. Thomas Jenifer, American Continental Congressman (b. 1723)
  • Dec 12 Mikhail Shcherbatov, Russian philosopher and writer (b. 1733)