Historical Figures Who Died in 1849

  • Jan 6 Hartley Coleridge, English poet, dies at 52
  • Jan 9 Jan Kops, Dutch agriculturist/vicar, dies at 83
  • Jan 16 Wilhelm M L de Wette, German theologist, dies at 69
  • Jan 26 Thomas Lovell Beddoes, English poet (Death's Jest-Book), committed suicide at 45
  • Feb 8 France Prešeren, Slovenian poet (Sonetni Venec), dies at 48
  • Feb 15 Pierre François Verhulst, Belgian mathematician (logistic curve), dies at 44
  • Mar 5 David Scott, Scottish painter (b. 1806)
  • Mar 15 Giuseppe Caspar Mezzofanti, Italian cardinal, linguist and hyperpolyglot (understood 70 languages), dies at 74
  • Mar 17 William II, King of the Netherlands, Grand Duke of Luxembourg, and Duke of Limburg, dies at 56
  • Mar 27 Archibald Acheson, 2nd Earl of Gosford (b. 1776)
  • Mar 28 Stephan Endlicher, Austrian botanist, dies at 44
  • Apr 3 Juliusz Slowacki, Polish poet (Father of the Plague-Patient), dies at 39
  • May 2 David H Chasse, baron/gen (fought Napoleon at Waterloo), dies at 84
  • May 10 Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese painter, dies at 89
  • May 11 Juliette Récamier, French socialite, dies at 71
  • May 25 Andreas Victor Michiels, Dutch military governor of West-Sumatra, Dutch East Indies, dies in battle at 52
  • May 25 Benjamin d'Urban, British general and colonial administrator (b. 1777)
  • May 28 Anne Brontë, English novelist (The Tenant of Wildfell Hall), dies at 29
  • May 31 Leonard du Bus de Gisignies, Governor-general of Neth-Indies, dies at 69
  • Jun 10 Thomas Robert Bugeaud, Marshal of France and duke of Isly, dies at 64

James Knox PolkJames Knox Polk (1795-1849)

Jun 15 11th US President (Democrat: 1845-49), dies in Nashville of cholera at 53

  • Jul 12 Dolley Madison, 4th First Lady Of The United States (b. 1768)
  • Jul 28 Charles Albert, King of Sardinia (1831-49), dies at 50
  • Jul 30 Jacob Perkins, American inventor (father of the refrigerator), dies at 83
  • Jul 31 Sándor Petőfi, Hungarian poet (A virágnak megtiltani nem lehet - You Cannot Forbid the Flower), and revolutionary, last seen alive at the Battle of Segesvár (Transylvania), presumed killed in action at 26
  • Aug 2 Muhammad Ali of Egypt, Albanian-born Pasha and viceroy of Egypt (founder of modern Egypt), dies at 80
  • Aug 12 Abraham AA "Albert" Gallatin, Min of Finance (1801-14), dies at 88
  • Sep 3 Ernst Freiherr von Feuchtersleben, Austrian physician and philosopher, dies at 43
  • Oct 6 Lajos, Count Batthyany, 1st Prime Minister of Hungary, executed by firing squad at 42

Edgar Allan PoeEdgar Allan Poe (1809-1849)

Oct 7 American writer, poet and critic (The Pit and the Pendulum) considered the inventor of the detective fiction genre (Murders in the Rue Morgue), dies in Baltimore at 40

  • Oct 16 George Washington Williams, 1st major African American historian, dies
  • Nov 13 William Etty, English painter best known for paintings of nudes, dies at 62
  • Nov 17 Prince Alexander of Hohenlohe-Waldenburg-Schillingsfürst, German priest and miracle-worker (b. 1794)
  • Dec 2 Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen, Queen consort of William IV of the United Kingdom, dies at 57
  • Dec 12 Marc Isambard Brunel, French-born English engineer (Thames Tunnel, father of Isambard Kingdom Brunel), dies at 80