Historical Figures Who Died in 1812

  • Jan 23 Robert Craufurd, British general, dies at 47
  • Feb 24 Étienne-Louis Malus, French physicist (Polarization of light), dies at 36
  • Feb 24 Hugo Kollataj, Polish teacher/minister, dies at 61
  • Apr 11 Gottlieb Schick, German painter (Opfer Noachs), dies at 35

George Clinton

Apr 20 George Clinton, American soldier and 4th Vice President (1805-12), dies at 73 and 1st Vice President to die in office

AssassinationSpencer Perceval

May 11 Spencer Perceval, British statesman and Prime Minister (1809–1812), assassinated by John Bellingham at 49

AssassinationJohn Bellingham

May 18 John Bellingham, English merchant who assassinated British Prime Minister Spencer Perceval, executed by hanging at 42 or 43

  • Jun 2 John W de Winter, Dutch vice-adm, dies at battle at Kamperduin at 51
  • Jun 16 Franz Pforr, German painter and cartoonist (Lukasbund), dies at 23
  • Jul 14 Christian G. Heyne, German scholar and archaeologist, dies at 82
  • Aug 1 Yakov Kulnev, Russian general (killed in battle) (b. 1763)
  • Sep 12 Pyotr Bagration, Georgian-Russian prince and general, dies fighting during Napoleonic invasion of Russia at 47
  • Sep 19 Mayer Amschel Rothschild, German Jewish banker and founder of the Rothschild banking dynasty, dies at 68
  • Oct 11 Jurriaan François de Friderici, Dutch governor-general of Suriname, dies at 60

Isaac Brock

Oct 13 Isaac Brock, English general (conquered Detroit), dies in battle at 43

  • Nov 11 Platon Levshin, Metropoitan of Moscow (b. 1737)
  • Nov 15 Eagle Fokke Simonsz, writer (Year 3000), dies at about 57


Dec 20 Sacagawea, Shoshone interpreter for the Lewis and Clark expedition, dies at 24

  • Dec 27 Joanna Southcott, an English self-described religious prophetess.
  • Dec 27 Shneur Zalman of Liadi, Lithuanian rabbi and founder of Chabad Hasidism (b. 1745)