On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1851

  • Jan 10 Karl Freiherr von Müffling, Prussian field marshal, dies at 75
  • Jan 12 Johan Herman Koekkoek, painter, dies at 72
  • Jan 17 Thomas Lincoln, American farmer, carpenter, and father President Abraham Lincoln, dies at 73
  • Jan 19 Esteban Echeverría, Argentine writer (b. 1805)

John James Audubon

Jan 27 John James Audubon, American ornithologist and painter (The Birds Of America), dies at 65

Mary Shelley

Feb 1 Mary Shelley, English novelist (Frankenstein), dies of a brain tumour at 53

  • Feb 16 Anne Willem Carel van Nagell, Dutch politician, dies at 95
  • Feb 18 Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi, German mathematician, dies at 46
  • Feb 23 Joanna Baillie, Scottish poet and playwright, dies at 88
  • Mar 4 James Richardson, British explorer (Sahara Desert), dies of an illness near Lake Chad at 41
  • Mar 11 George McDuffie, Governor of South Carolina (b. 1790)
  • May 17 Adriaan van Bevervoorde, Dutch journalist (Treason), dies at 31
  • May 22 Mordecai Manuel Noah, American writer, journalist (b. 1755)
  • May 23 Lucas Pieter Roodbaard, architect, dies at 69
  • May 24 Stanko Vraz [Jakob Frass], Slovenian-Croatian poet (Grammatica), dies at 40
  • Jul 5 Juanita, Mexican, lynched by California gold diggers
  • Jul 6 Thomas Davenport, American inventor (invented 1st commercial electric motor), dies at 48
  • Aug 1 William Joseph Behr, German writer (b. 1775)
  • Aug 11 Lorenz Oken, German naturalist, dies at 72
  • Sep 10 Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, American pioneer of educating the deaf, dies at 63
  • Sep 11 Sylvester Graham, American nutritionist and minister (Graham cracker) (b. 1794)

James Fenimore Cooper

Sep 14 James Fenimore Cooper, American author (Last of Mohicans), dies of dropsy at 61

  • Oct 4 Manuel de Godoy, Spanish statesman (b. 1767)
  • Oct 19 Marie Thérèse Charlotte (b. 1778)
  • Oct 31 Peter II, prince-bishop of Montenegro (1830-51) and poet (The Ray of The Microcosm), dies at 37
  • Nov 18 Ernst August, duke of Cumberland/king of Hanover (1837-51), dies at 80
  • Nov 26 Nicolas Jean de Dieu Soult, French marshal, 10th Prime Minister of France, dies at 82

J. M. W. Turner

Dec 19 J. M. W. Turner, English landscape painter (Shipwreck, Rain, Steam & Speed), dies of cholera at 76