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Deaths in History in 1839

  • Jan 12 Joseph A Koch, Aust painter/cartoonist/etcher/illustrator, dies at 70
  • Feb 1 Giuseppe Valadier, Italian architect and archaeologist, dies at 76
  • Feb 7 Karl August Nicander, Swedish poet (b. 1799)
  • Feb 15 Chevalier de Lorimier, Quebec notary (b. 1803)
  • Feb 26 Sybil Ludington, American revolutionary heroine (rode to alert militia), dies at 77
  • Mar 29 Bernardus Johannes Dibbets, Dutch baron and general-major (Maastricht), dies at 56
  • Apr 1 Benjamin Pierce, American politician (b. 1757)
  • Apr 11 John Galt, Scottish novelist (Annals of the Parish), dies at 59
  • Apr 22 Denis Davydov, Russian general & poet, dies at 54
  • Apr 23 Jacques FĂ©lix Emmanuel Hamelin, French explorer, dies at 70
  • May 13 Israel Ashkenazi of Shklov, found Ashkenazic community (1815), dies
  • May 13 Joseph Fesch, French cardinal/war commission/earl/senator, dies
  • May 17 Archibald Alison, Scottish author (b. 1757)
  • May 18 Carolina Bonaparte, Queen of Naples, dies at 57
  • Jun 2 Wijnand Nuijen, Dutch romantic painter and lithographer (Wrecked), dies at 26
  • Jun 9 Gerrit J Pijman, Dutch minister of War (1798-1800), dies at 89

  • Jun 10 Nathaniel Pryor, American soldier and sergeant of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, dies
  • Jun 17 Lord William Henry Cavendish Bentinck, British soldier and statesman (Governor-General of India, 1828-1835), dies at 64
  • Jun 23 Hester Stanhope, English aristocrat, traveller and archaeologist, dies at 63
  • Jun 27 Ranjit Singh, gov of Lahore, dies
  • Jun 30 Johan O Wallin, Swedish poet/archbishop (Dead Angel), dies
  • Jul 1 Mahmud II, Sultan of Turkey (1808-39), dies at 53
  • Jul 15 Winthrop Mackworth Praed, English politician and poet, dies at 36
  • Jul 29 Gaspard de Prony, French mathematician (b. 1755)
  • Aug 3 Dorothea von Schlegel, German novelist (Florentin), dies at 74
  • Aug 10 John St Aubyn, British fossil collector, dies at 81
  • Aug 28 William Smith, British geologist who is credited with creating the first nationwide geological map (Strata Identified by Organized Fossils), dies at 70
  • Sep 10 Pieter Fontijn, Dutch painter, dies at 66
  • Sep 20 Jose Gaspar de Francia, dictator of Paraguay (1816-39), dies at 74
  • Oct 11 Leonor de Almeida marquesa de Alorna, Portuguese poet, dies at 88
  • Oct 18 French Jozef Kinsoen, Flemish portrait painter, dies at 68
  • Nov 6 Hayim Rapoport, Rabbi of Ostrowiec/author (Maxim Chayyim), dies
  • Dec 3 Frederik VI, king of Denmark (1808-39)/Norway (1803-14), dies at 71
  • Dec 15 Matthijs I van Bree, Flemish court-painter, dies at 66

Person of interestJean-Baptiste Lamarck

Dec 18 Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, French naturalist (Lamarckian evolution), dies at 85

French Naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck
French Naturalist
Jean-Baptiste Lamarck