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Deaths in History in 1803

  • Jan 18 Ippolit Bogdanovich, Russian poet (b. 1743)
  • Jan 23 Arthur Guinness, Irish brewer and founder of the Guinness brewery, dies at 77
  • Feb 3 Pedro Rodríguez de Campomanes y Pérez, 1st Count of Campomanes, Spanish economist and literary, dies at 79
  • Feb 9 Jean François de Saint-Lambert, French poet (b. 1716)
  • Feb 18 J W L Gleim, writer, dies
  • Feb 21 Edward Despard, last person drawn & quartered in England
  • Mar 13 William Emes, English landscape architect (b. 1729 or 1730)
  • Mar 14 Friedrich Gottlieb Klopstock, German poet (Der Messias), dies at 78

Person of interestToussaint Louverture

Apr 7 Toussaint Louverture, Haitian general, revolutionary and most famous of the leaders of the Haitian Revolution, dies while in prison in France at about 59

General and Revolutionary Toussaint Louverture
General and Revolutionary
Toussaint Louverture
  • Apr 18 Louis François Antoine Arbogast, French mathematician (Du calcul des derivations), dies at 43
  • Jun 8 Joannes Natalis Paquot, Belgian priest/historian, dies at 80
  • Jun 22 Wilhelm Heinse, German writer and critic, dies at 57
  • Jun 24 Matthew Thornton, Irish/American physician/signer (Declaration of Independence), dies at 88
  • Jul 23 Arthur Wolfe, 1st viscount Kilwarden/Chief Justice of Ireld, murdered
  • Aug 18 James Beattie, Scottish poet and philosopher (Essay on Truth), dies at 67
  • Aug 28 Charles L Fournier, Flemish writer and painter, dies
  • Sep 13 John Barry, 1st American commodore, dies
  • Sep 15 Gian Francesco Albani, Italian Catholic cardinal (b. 1719)
  • Sep 16 Nicolas Baudin, French explorer (b. 1754)
  • Sep 20 Robert Emmet, Irish nationalist, executed

Person of interestSamuel Adams

Oct 2 Samuel Adams, American revolutionary (Boston Massacre-Tea Party) and politician (Lt Gov-Mass, 1789-94), dies at 81

US Revolutionary Samuel Adams
US Revolutionary
Samuel Adams
  • Oct 8 Vittorio A Alfieri, Italian earl/writer (Filippo), dies at 54
  • Oct 26 Granville Leveson-Gower, 1st Marquess of Stafford, English politician, dies at 82
  • Nov 5 Ch de Laclos, writer, dies
  • Nov 22 Bernardus Bosch, Dutch vicar and poet, dies at 57
  • Nov 25 Joseph Wilton, English sculptor (Westminster Abbey), dies at 83
  • Dec 18 Johann G von Herder, German philosopher, theologist and poet, dies at 59