On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died 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, Dutch vicar and 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 and historian, dies at 86
  • Mar 3 Jozsef Bajza, Hungarian author/poet/critic, dies at 54

Matthew 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

  • 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 who traveled with Alexander von Humboldt, 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 who studied cholera and is considered the 'Father of modern epidemiology', 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 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

Dred Scott

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

  • 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