Deaths in History in April 1861

  • Apr 4 John McLean, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1785)

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Apr 8 Elisha Otis, American founder of the Otis Elevator Company and inventor of a safety device that prevents elevators from falling if the hoisting cable fails, dies of diphtheria at 50

Inventor and Elevator Industrialist Elisha Otis
Inventor and Elevator Industrialist
Elisha Otis
  • Apr 11 Francisco Gonz├ílez Bocanegra, Mexican poet (b. 1824)