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Deaths in History 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 PJ du Bus de Gisignies, gov-gen of Neth-Indies, dies at 69
  • Jun 10 Thomas Robert Bugeaud, Marshal of France and duke of Isly, dies at 64

Person of interestJames Knox Polk

Jun 15 James Knox Polk, 11th US President (1845-1849), dies in Nashville Tenn at 53

11th US President James Knox Polk
11th US President
James Knox Polk
  • 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, 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 Governor Muhammad Ali of Egypt (b. 1769)
  • 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

Person of interestEdgar Allan Poe

Oct 7 Edgar Allan Poe, 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