Historical Figures Who Died in 1797

  • Jan 11 Francis Lightfoot Lee, American advocate for independence (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 62
  • Jan 13 Elisabeth C von Brunswick-Bevern, wife of Frederick II, dies at 81
  • Jan 13 Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel-Bevern, Queen of Prussia as wife of Frederik II the Great, dies at 81
  • Feb 22 Baron Münchhausen, German adventurer, soldier and storyteller (The Adventures of Baron Munchausen), dies at 76
  • Mar 2 Horace Walpole, British horror writer (Castle of Otranto), dies at 79

James HuttonJames Hutton (1726-1797)

Mar 26 Scottish geologist and father of modern geology, dies at 70

  • Mar 31 Betty Washington, younger sister of George Washington, dies at 63
  • May 17 Michel-Jean Sedaine, French dramatist (Le Philosophe sans le savoir), dies at 77
  • May 25 John Griffin Whitwell, 4th Baron Howard de Walden, British field marshal, dies at 78
  • May 27 Gracchus Babeuf, French utopian socialist, dies at 36
  • Jun 17 Aga Mohammed Khan, cruel ruler of Persia, castrated & killed
  • Jul 9 Edmund Burke, British statesman, philosopher and author (A Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful, Reflections on the Revolution in France), dies at 68
  • Jul 11 Ienăchiţă Văcărescu, Wallachian writer (b. 1740)
  • Aug 3 Jeffrey Amherst, English gov-gen of America, dies at 80
  • Aug 18 Josiah Spode, English potter and founder of Spode pottery works, dies at 64
  • Aug 22 Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser, Austrian general, dies at 73

Mary WollstonecraftMary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797)

Sep 10 English author and feminist (A Vindication of the Rights of Woman), mother of Mary Shelley, dies of septicaemia at 38

  • Sep 18 Louis-Lazare Hoche, French revolutionary general, dies
  • Oct 9 Elijah B Solomon Zalman, rabbi/Gaon of Vilna Latvia, dies at 77
  • Oct 10 Carter Braxton, American plantation owner and signer of the US Declaration of Independence, dies at 61
  • Nov 14 Ivan Shuvalov, 1st Russian Minister of Education and founder of the Moscow University, dies at 70
  • Nov 16 King Frederick William II of Prussia (b. 1744) Reigns 1786-97
  • Nov 18 Jacques-Alexandre Laffon de Ladebat, French shipbuilder and merchant (b. 1719)
  • Nov 29 Samuel Langdon, American President of Harvard University (b. 1723)
  • Dec 1 Oliver Wolcott, American judge, signed US Declaration of Independence, dies at 71
  • Dec 11 Richard Brocklesby, English physician (b. 1722)

John WilkesJohn Wilkes (1725-1797)

Dec 26 English radical, journalist (The North Briton) and politician, dies of marasmus at 72