On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1809

  • Jan 16 Sir John Moore, British General, at the Battle of Corunna (b. 1761)
  • Jan 21 Josiah Hornblower, American statesman (b. 1729)
  • Mar 9 Jean-Pierre Blanchard, French ballonist (1st balloon flights in England and U.S.), dies at 55
  • Mar 27 Joseph-Marie Vien, French court painter, dies at 92
  • May 8 Augustin Pajou, French sculptor (Bachante), dies at 78
  • May 17 Leopold Auenbrugger, Austrian physician (invented percussion as a diagnostic technique), dies at 86
  • May 30 Johan B Scheffer, portrait painter, dies at about 43
  • May 31 Ferdinand von Schill, Prussian officer who led rebellion against the French, dies at the Battle of Stralsund at 33
  • May 31 Jean Lannes, French marshal and friend of Napoleon Bonaparte, dies of his wounds from the Battle of Aspern-Essling at 40
  • Jun 4 Nicolai Arbraham Abildgaard, Danish painter/architect, dies at 65

Thomas Paine

Jun 8 Thomas Paine, English American writer (Age of Reason, Common Sense), dies at 72

  • Jul 6 Antoine Charles Louis Lasalle, French cavalry general (b. 1775)
  • Aug 12 Mikhail Kamensky, Russian field marshal, dies at 71
  • Aug 18 Matthew Boulton, English manufacturer and engineer (b. 1728)
  • Aug 30 Ignacy Potocki, Polish Foreign Minister (constitution), dies
  • Sep 7 Caroline Schelling [Michaelis], German author and academic dies at 46
  • Sep 7 Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke, King of Thailand (b. 1737)
  • Oct 2 Wybo Fijnje, politician/patriot/journalist, dies at 59
  • Oct 8 James Elphinston, Scottish philologist, dies at 87

Meriwether Lewis

Oct 11 Meriwether Lewis, American explorer, soldier and public administrator who helped lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition, dies of gunshot wounds at 35 under mysterious circumstances that could have been murder or suicide along the Natchez Trace in Tennessee at an inn called Grinder's Stand

William Cavendish-Bentinck

Oct 30 William Cavendish-Bentinck, 3rd Duke of Portland, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1783, 1807-09), dies after an operation to remove a kidney stone at 71

  • Nov 9 Paul Sandby, English cartographer (b. 1725)
  • Nov 12 Karel van Poucke, Flemish sculptor, dies at 69
  • Dec 16 Antoine François, comte de Fourcroy, French chemist (b. 1755)
  • Dec 22 William Cooper, American judge and developer (founded Cooperstown, New York), dies at 55