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Deaths in History in 1853

  • Jan 1 Gregory Blaxland, Australian explorer, dies of suicide at 74
  • Jan 9 Juan Nicasio Gallego, Spanish poet and interpreter (El dos de Mayo), dies at 75
  • Jan 13 Theophilos Kairis, Greek priest, humanist and revolutionary (b. 1783)
  • Mar 4 Christian Leopold von Buch, German geologist and paleontologist, dies at 78
  • Mar 5 August Kestner, German art collector and diplomat, dies at 75
  • Mar 8 Edward John Dent, British clockmaker to Queen Victoria and commissioned to make Big Ben, London (completed after his death by his son Frederick Dent), dies at 62
  • Apr 8 Jan Willem Pieneman, Dutch historical painter (Battle at Waterloo), dies at 73
  • Apr 13 Leopold Gmelin, German chemist (Gmelin's test), dies at 64
  • Apr 13 James Iredell, Jr., American politician, dies at 64
  • Apr 18 William R. King, American politician (Vice President 1853), dies at 67 one month after his inauguration
  • Apr 23 Auguste Laurent, French chemist who laid the foundations of organic chemistry, dies of tuberculosis at 45

Person of interestWilliam Beaumont

Apr 25 William Beaumont, physiologist, dies at 67

  • Apr 28 Ludwig Tieck, German writer, dies at 79
  • May 8 Joannes P Roothaan, 1st Dutch lt col-gen of Jesuits, dies at 67
  • Jun 12 Johannes Cornelis de Jonge, Dutch historian and archivist, dies at 60
  • Jun 18 Branko Radicevic, Serbian poet (1st Serbian Uprising), dies
  • Jul 23 Andries Pretorius, Boer leader (b. 1798)
  • Jul 25 Joaquin Murieta, Mexican born Californian outlaw
  • Aug 23 Alexander Calder, first mayor of Beaumont, Texas (b. 1806)

Person of interestCharles Napier

Aug 29 Charles Napier, British soldier and Major General of the Bombay Army who conquered Sindh and became its Governor (1843-47), dies at 71

  • Sep 8 Frédéric Ozanam, French scholar and founder of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, dies at 40
  • Oct 2 François Arago, French astronomer, physicist (chromosome) and politician, dies at 67
  • Nov 15 Queen Maria II of Portugal, Daughter of Emperor Pedro I of Brazil, dies at 34