Historical Figures Who Died in 1817

  • Jan 1 Martin Heinrich Klaproth, German chemist (discovered uranium), dies at 73
  • Jan 12 Juan Andres, Spanish Jesuit (b. 1740)
  • Jan 16 Alexander J. Dallas, American statesman and financier, dies at 57
  • Feb 18 Giacomo Quarenghi, Italian-Russian master builder and architect (Hermitage Theater), dies at 72
  • Mar 8 Wentworth Cheswell, American auditor, teacher, Revolutionary War messenger, 1st African American elected to public office, dies of typhus fever at 70
  • Apr 2 Johann Heinrich Jung, German author (Heinrich Stillings Leben), dies at 76
  • Apr 4 André Masséna, Duke of Rivoli, Prince d'Essing and Marshal of France (b. 1758)

Charles Messier

Apr 12 Charles Messier, French astronomer (cataloguer of "M objects"), dies at 86

  • Jun 13 Richard Edgeworth, Anglo-Irish inventor and educationalist, dies at 73
  • Jun 18 Joannes Siberg, Dutch Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies (1801-05), dies
  • Jun 24 Thomas McKean, US attorney (signed US Declaration of Independence), dies at 83
  • Jun 30 Abraham Gottlob Werner, German geologist
  • Jul 14 Madame de Staël [Anne Louise Germaine de Staël-Holstein], French-Swiss author (De l’Allemagne), dies at 51

Jane Austen

Jul 18 Jane Austen, English novelist (Pride and Prejudice), dies at 41

  • Aug 7 Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, French industrialist (b. 1739)
  • Sep 9 Paul Cuffe, African American civil rights activist (helped settle Sierre Leone), dies at 58
  • Oct 2 Fyodor Fyodorovich Ushakov, Russian naval commander and admiral (b. 1744)
  • Oct 15 Johann Ludwig Burckhardt, Swiss traveller and orientalist, 1st European to discover Petra and Abu Simbel, dies at 32

Tadeusz Kościuszko

Oct 15 Tadeusz Kościuszko, Polish-Lithuanian Military Leader and statesman considered a national hero, dies at 71 after falling from a horse, developing a fever and suffering a stroke

  • Oct 16 Manuel C Piar, Curacaos/Venezulian freedom writer, dies
  • Oct 26 Nikolaus Joseph von Jacquin, Austrian scientist (b. 1727)
  • Nov 8 Andrea Appiani, Italian royal painter (Napoleon), dies at 63
  • Nov 14 Policarpa Salavarrieta, Colombian revolutionary (b. 1795)

William Bligh

Dec 7 William Bligh, British naval officer of "HMS Bounty" fame, dies at 63

  • Dec 11 Max von Schenkendorf, German poet, dies at 34
  • Dec 12 Emperor Tekle Giyorgis I of Ethiopia, (b. about 1751)
  • Dec 15 Maria Walewska [Leszczinska], Polish lover of Emperor Napoleon I, dies at 31