Historical Figures Who Died 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)
  • 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)

Madame TussaudMadame Tussaud (1761-1850)

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

William WordsworthWilliam Wordsworth (1770-1850)

Apr 23 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 British-Australian surveyor who explored New South Wales (first route across Blue Mountains), dies at 76

Robert PeelRobert Peel (1788-1850)

Jul 2 British Prime Minister (Tory/Conservative/Peelite: 1834-35; 1841-46), founder of the British Conservative Party and the modern police force (Bobbies), dies after falling from a horse at 62

  • 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, British fieldmarshall1st Duke of Cambridge, 7th son of George III (b. 1774)
  • Jul 9 Bab [Shirazi, Sayyid Ali Muhammad], Persian founder of Babism, executed by firing squad on orders of the Persian government at 30

Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor (1784-1850)

Jul 9 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

  • 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)

José de San MartínJosé de San Martín (1778-1850)

Aug 17 South American revolutionary hero and general, dies at 72

  • 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, Duke of Chartres, the last King of France (1830-48), dies in exile in England 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