Deaths in History in 1838

  • Jan 16 Aleksandr Polezhayev, Russian poet (Sasjka), dies at 33 [OS]
  • Jan 23 Arnold A Buyskes, Dutch vice-admiral/colonial director, dies at 67
  • Jan 28 Aleksandr Polezhayev, Russian poet (Sasjka), dies at 33 [NS]
  • Jan 30 Osceola, chief of Seminole indians, dies in jail
  • Feb 1 Abraham de Veer, Dutch gov-gen of Suriname (1822-28), dies at 71
  • Mar 16 Nathaniel Bowditch, American mathematician, astronomer and author (Marine Sextant), dies at 64
  • Mar 22 Hendrik Fagel, Dutch/English baron, dies at 73
  • Apr 3 Francesco Antommarchi, Napoleon's physician on St Helena, dies at 57
  • Apr 6 José Bonifácio de Andrada, Brazilian statesman, dies at 74
  • Apr 11 Piet [Petrus Lafras] Uys, South African pioneer (Great Pull), murdered at 40
  • Apr 17 Johanna Schopenhauer, German writer and mother of Arthur Schopenhauer, dies at 71

Person of interestTalleyrand

May 17 Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord, French statesman, dies at 84

Politician and Diplomat Talleyrand
Politician and Diplomat
  • May 17 René Caillé, French explorer and the first European to return alive from the town of Timbuktu, dies at 38
  • May 23 Jan Willem Janssens, Dutch Governor-General of Cape colony and Dutch-Indies, dies at 75
  • Jun 25 François Nicolas Benoît, Baron Haxo, French general (b. 1774)
  • Jul 10 Willem earl van Hogendorp, Dutch colonial governor, dies at about 43
  • Jul 17 John Whites, hydraulic engineer, dies at 82
  • Aug 19 James Geddes, American Engineer (Erie Canal), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Adelbert von Chamisso, French writer (Peter Schlemihl), dies at 57

Person of interestWilliam Clark

Sep 1 William Clark, American explorer, soldier, Indian agent and territorial governor who lead the Lewis and Clark Expedition of 1804-06 and claimed the Pacific Northwest for the United States, dies at 68

Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition William Clark
Explorer and Leader of Lewis and Clark Expedition
William Clark
  • Sep 5 Charles Percier, French architect, dies at 74
  • Oct 1 Charles Tennant, Scottish chemist and industrialist, dies at 70
  • Oct 3 Black Hawk (chief), Leader of the Sauk Native American tribe (b. 1767)
  • Oct 19 Henry Fagel, baron/court clerk of States-General/diplomat, dies at 73
  • Dec 14 Jean-Olivier Chénier, French Canadian physician and Patriote, dies during Battle of Saint-Eustache (b. 1806)