Historical Figures Who Died in 1872

  • Jan 7 James Fisk, American financier “Barnum of Wall Street”, dies at 38
  • Jan 14 Greyfriars Bobby, a Skye-Terrier who spent 14 years guarding the grave of his owner John Gray, dies at 16
  • Jan 21 Franz Grillparzer, Austrian playwright (Sappho/Libussa), dies at 81
  • Jan 25 Richard S. Ewell, US Army officer and Confederate General (Battle of Gettysburg, Battle of Spotsylvania Court House), dies at 54
  • Feb 17 Jose Burgos, Catholic priest, is executed at 35
  • Feb 21 Pavel Gagarin, Russian politician, dies at 82
  • Mar 4 Johannes Carsten Hauch, Danish poet (b. 1790)
  • Mar 8 Cornelius Krieghoff, Dutch-Canadian painter, dies at 56
  • Mar 10 Giuseppe Mazzini, Italian revolutionary (Giovane Italy), dies at 66
  • Mar 12 Zeng Guofan, Chinese statesman, military general and Confucian scholar of the late Qing dynasty, dies at 60
  • Apr 1 Frederick Maurice, English theologian (Church of England), dies at 66
  • Apr 1 William Frederick Horry, English convicted murderer, dies at 28

Samuel MorseSamuel Morse (1791-1872)

Apr 2 American painter and inventor of the electric telegraph and Morse Code, dies at 80

  • Apr 9 Erastus Corning, American businessman and politician (Mayor of Albany, New York), dies at 77
  • Apr 20 Ljudwit Gaj, Croatian writer/poet (Pjesma iz Zagorja), dies at 62
  • Apr 27 Ion Heliade-Radulescu, Romanian politician & author, dies at 70
  • May 1 Amalia, princess of Weimar/wife of prince Hendrik the Navigator, dies
  • May 19 Johan van Dale, schoolmaster (New Dutch Language Wordbook), dies at 44
  • May 24 Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, German painter and designer who figured importantly in the German Nazarene movement, dies at 78
  • May 29 John Gill Shorter, American politician (17th Governor of Alabama), dies at 54

James Gordon BennettJames Gordon Bennett (1795-1872)

Jun 1 Sr., American newspaper publisher (New York Herald), dies at 76

  • Jun 4 Johan R Thorbecke, literature/liberal premier, dies
  • Jun 16 Norman MacLeod, Scottish clergyman (b. 1812)
  • Jul 18 Benito Juarez, Cuban justice/general (battle of Acapulco), dies at 66
  • Jul 28 Friedrich Kaiser, Dutch astronomer (Kaiser-Compass), dies at 64
  • Aug 2 Judocus Smits, Dutch RC newspaper publisher (De Tijd), dies at 59
  • Sep 2 N. F. S. Grundtvig, Danish writer and philosopher, dies at 88
  • Sep 13 Ludwig Feuerbach, German philosopher (Man what he eats), dies at 68
  • Sep 18 Charles XV, King of Sweden and Norway (1859-72), dies at 46
  • Sep 22 Vladimir Dal, Russian lexicographer (Explanatory Dictionary of the Living Great Russian Language), dies at 70
  • Oct 2 Eberhard Friedrich Walcker, German organ builder (Paulskirche Frankfurt A/M), dies at 78

William H. SewardWilliam H. Seward (1801-1872)

Oct 10 American politician (Secretary of State, 1861-69, Governor of New York, 1839-42), dies at 71

  • Oct 14 Prince Albert of Prussia, Prussian colonel general, dies at 63
  • Oct 21 Jacques Babinet, French physicist/mathematician/astronomer, dies at 78
  • Oct 23 Théophile Gautier, French writer, historian and poet (Albertus, La Chanson de Roland, Émaux et camées), dies at 61
  • Nov 5 Thomas Sully, American portrait painter (Queen Victoria), dies at 89
  • Nov 7 Alfred Clebsch, German mathematician (b. 1833)
  • Nov 23 Ten Bears (Parra-Wa-Samen), American poet/Comanche chief, dies
  • Nov 28 Mary Fairfax Somerville, British scientific writer (b. 1780)
  • Nov 29 Cornelius Kreighoff, Canadian painter, dies at 56
  • Nov 29 Horace Greeley, American founder and editor of the New-York Tribune ("Go west, young man"), dies at 61
  • Dec 11 Kamehameha V, Hawaiian king (1863-72), dies at 42
  • Dec 12 Willem Anne Schimmelpenninck van der Oye, Dutch politician, dies at 72
  • Dec 13 Helena Beeloo, a maid, murdered by Henry Jut at the Hague, Netherlands
  • Dec 13 W T van der Kouwen-ten Cate, murdered by Henry Jut at the Hague, Netherlands
  • Dec 21 Ambrose R. Wright, American Civil War General, dies at 46
  • Dec 24 William John Macquorn Rankine, Scottish mechanical engineer and physicist, dies at 52
  • Dec 28 James Van Ness, Mayor of San Francisco (1855-1856) (b. 1808)
  • Dec 31 Aleksis Kivi, Finnish writer and poet (Kanervala), dies at 38