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Deaths in History in 1858

  • Jan 3 Henry Darcy, French hydraulic engineer (Darcy's Law), dies at 54
  • Jan 5 Joseph Radetzky von Radetz, Czech field marshal, dies at 91
  • Jan 7 Willem Broes, vicar/theologist (Textenrol), dies at 91
  • Jan 9 Anson Jones, 5th and last President of Texas commits suicide at 59
  • Jan 27 Gerrit van der Linde Jz, Dutch "Principal", poet, dies at 49
  • Jan 30 Coenraad Jacob Temminck, Dutch zoologist (b. 1778)
  • Feb 13 Hermann Heinrich Gossen, Prussian economist, dies at 47
  • Feb 16 Georg F Creuzer, German philological/historian, dies at 86
  • Mar 3 Jozsef Bajza, Hungarian author/poet/critic, dies at 54

Person of interestMatthew C. Perry

Mar 4 Matthew C. Perry, Commodore of the United States Navy who opened Japan to Western influence and trade, dies of rheumatism at 63

Commodore of the US Navy Matthew C. Perry
Commodore of the US Navy
Matthew C. Perry
  • Mar 26 John Addison Thomas, American soldier and US Assistant Secretary of State, dies at 47
  • Apr 28 Johannes Peter Müller, German physiologist, dies at 56
  • May 4 Aimé Bonpland, French explorer and botanist, dies at 84 (date disputed)
  • Jun 11 Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, Austrian statesman (b. 1773)
  • Jun 12 Cornelis Smit, Dutch ship builder, dies at 74
  • Jun 15 Ary Scheffer, Dutch French Romantic painter, etcher and sculptor, dies at 63

  • Jun 16 John Snow, English epidemiologist, 'Father of modern epidemiology' studied cholera, dies of a stroke at 45
  • Jun 17 Rani Lakshmibai, queen of Jhansi in North India, one of the leading figures of the Indian rebellion of 1857 (b. 1828)
  • Jun 18 Lakshmi Bai, Indian Queen of the princely state of Jhansi in North India and leader of the Indian Mutiny (1857-58), dies at 23
  • Jul 3 Alexander Andreyevich Ivanov, Russian painter (b. 1806)
  • Aug 2 A Emma WT von Waldeck-Pyrmont, queen/regent, dies at 76
  • Aug 14 George Combe, phrenologist, dies
  • Aug 18 William Austin Burt, American scientist, surveyor and inventor who patented America's first typographer (typewriter) and the equatorial sextant, dies at 66
  • Sep 5 Moritz Gottlieb Saphir, Austrian satirical writer and journalist, dies at 63

Person of interestDred Scott

Sep 17 Dred Scott, US ex-slave who sought to sue for his freedom, dies of tuberculosis at 62 or 63

US Slave Dred Scott
US Slave
Dred Scott
  • Oct 10 Karl A Varnhagen von Ense, German author/poet/diplomat, dies at 73
  • Oct 12 Ando Hiroshige, Japanese painter, dies at 61
  • Nov 8 George Peacock, English mathematician (algebraic theory), dies at 67
  • Nov 17 Robert Owen, British father of the cooperative movement (b. 1771)
  • Dec 9 Robert Baldwin, Canadian politician (b. 1804)
  • Dec 12 Jacques Viger, French Canadian politician, 1st mayor of Montreal (1833-36), dies at 71
  • Dec 16 Richard Bright, English physician (Bright's disease/nephritis), dies at 69