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Deaths in History in 1850

  • Jan 14 Anthony van Hoboken, Dutch merchant and ship owner, dies at 93
  • Jan 20 Adam Oehlenschläger, Danish poet (b. 1779)
  • Jan 22 Vincenzo Pallotti, Italian saint (founder of the Society of the Catholic Apostolate), dies at 54
  • Jan 26 Francis Jeffrey, Baron Jeffrey, judge/literary critic, dies
  • Jan 27 J Gottfried Schadow, German sculptor/cartoonist/writer, dies at 85
  • Feb 1 Edward Baker Lincoln, son of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, dies at 3
  • Feb 25 Daoguang, 8th Emperor of Qing Dynasty, dies at 67
  • Mar 3 Oliver Cowdery, American religious leader (Later Day Saint apostle), dies at 43
  • Mar 21 Miguel Pedrorena, American settler
  • Mar 26 Samuel Turell Armstrong, American politician and acting Governor of Massachusetts (1833- 36), dies at 65
  • Mar 27 Wilhelm Bear, German banker/astronomer (Moon Map), dies at 53
  • Mar 28 Gerard C. Brandon, American politician (b. 1788)

Person of interestJohn C. Calhoun

Mar 31 John C. Calhoun, American politician, dies of tuberculosis at 68

US Vice President John C. Calhoun
US Vice President
John C. Calhoun
  • Apr 7 William Lisle Bowles, English poet (14 Sonnets), dies at 87
  • Apr 9 William Prout, physician/chemist, dies
  • Apr 12 Adoniram Judson, American Baptist missionary (b. 1788)

Person of interestMadame Tussaud

Apr 16 Marie Tussaud, French founder of Madame Tussaud's wax museum, dies at 88

Wax Museum Creator Madame Tussaud
Wax Museum Creator
Madame Tussaud

Person of interestWilliam Wordsworth

Apr 23 William Wordsworth, English Romantic poet (The Prelude), dies at 80

  • May 9 Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac, French physicist & chemist, dies at 71
  • May 24 Jane Porter, novelist (Scottish Chiefs), dies at 74
  • Jun 4 Willem F Mauritius HK, Prince of Orange-Nassau, dies from meningitis at 6
  • Jun 12 Jean Victor de Constant Rebecque, Swiss-Dutch army leader, dies at 77
  • Jun 16 William Lawson explorer of New South Wales, Australia (b. 1774)

Person of interestRobert Peel

Jul 2 Robert "Bobbie" Peel, British PM/founder London Police, dies at 62

British Prime Minister Robert Peel
British Prime Minister
Robert Peel
  • Jul 4 William Kirby, English entomologist and original member of the Linnean Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society, dies at 90
  • Jul 8 Prince Adolphus, 1st Duke of Cambridge (b. 1774)
  • Jul 9 Sajjid Ali Mohammed Bab, Persian founder of Babism

Person of interestZachary Taylor

Jul 9 Zachary Taylor, 12th US President (1849-50) and major general in the Mexican–American War, dies in the White House of an unknown digestive ailment at 65 after reportedly consuming copious amounts of raw fruit and iced milk

12th US President and General Zachary Taylor
12th US President and General
Zachary Taylor
  • Jul 12 Robert Stevenson, Scottish civil engineer (Bell Rock Lighthouse, Scotland), dies at 78
  • Jul 14 August Neander, German theologian (b. 1789)
  • Jul 19 Giovanni Ossoli, Italian marquis/revolutionary, drowned
  • Jul 19 Margaret Fuller [Ossoli], American feminist, activist and journalist (Women in the Nineteenth Century), dies in a shipwreck at 40
  • Aug 6 Edward Walsh, Irish poet (b. 1805)

Person of interestJosé de San Martín

Aug 17 Jose de San Martin, South American revolutionary hero and general, dies at 72

Revolutionary Leader José de San Martín
Revolutionary Leader
José de San Martín
  • Aug 18 Honoré de Balzac, French novelist (La Comédie Humaine), dies at 51
  • Aug 22 Nikolaus Lenau, Hungarian-German poet (Faust, Die Albigenser), dies at 48
  • Aug 26 Louis-Philippe, King of France (1830-48), dies at 76
  • Sep 23 José Gervasio Artigas, Uruguayan revolutionary leader and national hero who is regarded as the father of Uruguayan independence, dies at 86
  • Oct 2 Sarah Biffin [Beffin], English limbless miniature painter, dies at 65 or 66
  • Oct 11 Louise of Orléans, Queen of Belgium (1832-50), Wife of Leopold I, dies of TB at 38
  • Nov 4 Gustav Schwab, German writer, dies at 58
  • Nov 5 Ferdinand Karl Joseph, Archduke of Austria-Este, dies at 69
  • Nov 19 Richard Mentor Johnson, American politician (b. 1780)
  • Dec 8 Georg Sverdrup, Norwegian statesman, dies at 80
  • Dec 10 François Sulpice Beudant, French mineralogist and geologist, dies at 63