Historical Figures Who Died 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
  • 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

John Jacob Astor

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

Ludwig Leichhardt

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

  • Apr 10 Godert van der Capellen, Dutch governor-general (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, Archbishop of Paris (1840-48) and opponent of King Louis-Philippe, shot to death at 54
  • Jun 27 Heinrich Zschokke, German Swiss writer, dies at 77
  • 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 and author (Mr Midshipman Easy), dies

George Stephenson

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

  • Sep 13 María Isabella of Spain, Queen of the Two Sicilies (1825-30), dies at 59
  • 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 Belinsky, Russian literary critic, dies at 36
  • Nov 15 P Rossi, Italian, murdered
  • Nov 17 Jozef B. "Olim" Cannaert, Flemish lawyer, dies
  • Nov 23 John Barrow, 1st Baronet, English statesman and founder of the Royal Geographical Society, dies at 84

William Lamb

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

  • Dec 18 Bernard Bolzano, Bohemian mathematician and philosopher (b. 1781)

Emily Brontë

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

  • Dec 19 Frans Adam van der Duyn van Maasdam, Dutch governor (South Holland), dies at 77