Deaths in History in 1848

  • Jan 9 Caroline Herschel, German-born pioneering female astronomer (comet 35P/Herschel-Rigolle), dies at 97
  • Jan 20 Christian VIII, King of Denmark (1839-1848) and King of Norway (1814), dies of blood poisoning at 61
  • Feb 15 Hermann von Boyen, Prussian field marshal (b. 1771)
  • Feb 20 Prince Alexander of the Netherlands, Prince of Orange-Nassau, dies from tuberculosis at 29

Person of interestJohn Quincy Adams

Feb 23 John Quincy Adams, 6th US President (1825-1829), dies of a stroke at 80

6th US President John Quincy Adams
6th US President
John Quincy Adams
  • Mar 3 Heinrich Olivier, German painter, dies
  • Mar 20 Abraham des Amorie van der Hoeven, Dutch theologist/poet, dies at 27
  • Mar 26 Steen Steensen Blicher, Danish poet and short-story writer (E Binddstouw), dies at 65

Person of interestJohn Jacob Astor

Mar 29 John Jacob Astor [Johann Jakob Astor] German-American businessman (first multi-millionaire in the United States), dies at 84

Businessman John Jacob Astor
Businessman
John Jacob Astor

Person of interestLudwig Leichhardt

Apr 4 Ludwig Leichhardt, German explorer of northern and central Australia, dies on an expedition at 34

Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt
Explorer and Naturalist
Ludwig Leichhardt
  • Apr 10 Godert AGP baron van Capellen, gove-gen of Dutch-Indies, dies at 69
  • Apr 30 Friedrich Freiherr Gagern, German/Dutch army commandant, dies at 53
  • May 18 William Leidesdorff, Mixed-race early Californian businessman, dies at 37
  • May 25 Annette von Droste-Hülshoff, German writer (b. 1797)
  • May 27 Princess Sophia of the United Kingdom, 5th daughter of King George III, dies at 70
  • May 31 Eugénie de Guérin, French writer (b. 1805)
  • Jun 26 Stevenson Archer, American judge and Congressmen from Maryland, dies at 61
  • Jun 27 Denis-Auguste Affre, archbsp of Paris (1840-48), shot to death at 54
  • Jun 27 Zschokke, writer, dies
  • Jul 4 Francois Rene de Chateaubriand, French novelist (Atala), dies at 79
  • Aug 7 Jöns Jakob Berzelius, Swedish chemist, dies at 68
  • Aug 9 Frederick Marryat, English captain/author (Mr Midshipman Easy), dies

Person of interestGeorge Stephenson

Aug 12 George Stephenson, English engineer known as the "Father of Railways" (Locomotion No. 1, Standard Guage), dies of pleurisy at 67

Engineer Known as the Father of Railways George Stephenson
Engineer Known as the Father of Railways
George Stephenson
  • Sep 24 Branwell Brontë [Patrick Branwell Brontë], English painter and writer and brother of the writers Charlotte, Emily and Anne, dies at 31
  • Oct 5 Joseph Hormayr Freiherr zu Hortenburg, Austrian politician (b. 1781)
  • Oct 26 Vissarion G Belinski, Russian literature critic, dies
  • Nov 15 P Rossi, Italian, murdered
  • Nov 17 Jozef B "Olim" Cannaert, Flemish lawyer, dies

Person of interestWilliam Lamb

Nov 24 William Lamb, 2ng Viscount Melbourne, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (Whig 1834, 1835-41), dies at 69

British Prime Minister William Lamb
British Prime Minister
William Lamb
  • Dec 18 Bernard Bolzano, Bohemian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1781)
  • Dec 19 Adam FJA van Duyn, governor of South Holland, dies at 77

Person of interestEmily Brontë

Dec 19 Emily Brontë, English novelist (Wuthering Heights), dies of tuberculosis at 30