On This Day

Historical Figures Who Died in 1873

Napoleon III

Jan 9 Napoleon III, Emperor of France (1852-70), dies at 64

  • Jan 18 Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, English author (b. 1803)
  • Jan 20 The Blessed Father Basil Anthony Marie Moreau, Founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross (b. 1799)
  • Feb 1 Matthew Maury, American oceanographer, dies at 67
  • Feb 2 Edward Johnson, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 56
  • Feb 7 Sheridan Le Fanu, Irish writer (The House by the Churchyard), dies at 58
  • Feb 13 Petrus Abraham Samuel van Limburg Brouwer, Dutch politician and critic (Akbar), dies at 43
  • Feb 19 Vasil Levski, Bulgarian revolutionary, dies at 35
  • Mar 25 Wilhelm Marstrand, Danish painter (b. 1810)
  • Mar 27 Amedée Simon Dominique Thierry, French journalist and historian (b. 1797)
  • Mar 29 Francesco Zantedeschi, Italian physicist (b. 1797)
  • Mar 30 Benedict Augustin Morel, Austrian-French psychologist (dementia praecox), dies at 63
  • Apr 11 Edward Canby, U.S. general (b. 1817)
  • Apr 18 Justus von Liebig, German agricultural & biological chemist who is considered the founder of organic chemistry, dies at 69
  • Apr 20 William Tite, English architect (The Royal Exchange), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Fyodor Petrovich Tolstoy, Russian painter (VP: Imperial Academy of Arts 1828-68), dies at 90
  • May 6 José Antonio Páez, President of Venezuela (1830-35), dies at 82
  • May 14 Gideon Brecher, Austrian physician and writer (b. 1797)
  • May 15 Alexander J Cuza, monarch of Moldavia/Romania, dies at 53
  • May 20 Sir George-Étienne Cartier, French Canadian statesman (b. 1814)
  • Jun 1 Joseph Howe, Canadian politician (3rd Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia), dies at 68
  • Jun 14 Friedrich von Raumer, German historian/parliamentarian, dies at 92
  • Jun 27 Hiram Powers, American sculptor (Greek Slave), dies at 67
  • Jun 29 Michael Madhusudan Dutt, Bengali poet (b. 1824)
  • Jul 5 John Robertson, American politician, dies at 87
  • Jul 19 Samuel Wilberforce, English bishop and one of the greatest public speakers of his day (remembered for his opposition to Darwin's theory of evolution), dies at 67
  • Aug 4 Viktor Hartmann, Russian architect and painter, dies at 39
  • Aug 31 Charles Ferdinand Pahud, Governor General of the Dutch East Indies (1856-61), dies at 70
  • Sep 17 Alexander Berry, Scottish surgeon and adventurer (established the first European settlement on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia), dies at 91
  • Sep 22 Friedrich Frey-Herosé, Swiss politician, dies at 62
  • Sep 23 Jean Chacornac, French astronomer, dies at 50
  • Sep 28 Emile Gaboriau, French writer (father of the French detective novels), dies at 37
  • Sep 29 John Ancrum Winslow, American naval officer (Mexican–American War), dies at 61
  • Oct 2 Cornelius Varley, water-color painter, dies
  • Oct 3 Kintpuash [Captain Jack], fought Modoc indians, Oregon, dies
  • Oct 6 Paweł Edmund Strzelecki, Polish explorer and geologist, dies at 76
  • Oct 9 George Ormerod, English historian and antiquarian (b. 1785)
  • Oct 10 Hermann Kurz, German poet and novelist (Schillers Heimatjahre), dies at 59

Robert McClure

Oct 17 Robert McClure, Irish explorer who discovered the Northwest passage, dies at 66

  • Oct 21 Johann Sebastian Welhaven, Norwegian poet (b. 1807)
  • Oct 29 Ernest-Aimé Feydeau, French author (Fanny), dies at 52
  • Oct 29 John of Saxony, King of Saxony (1854-73), dies at 71
  • Oct 29 Leonardus Lightenvelt, Dutch politician, dies at 78
  • Nov 3 Kintpuash, "Captain Jack", chief of Modoc-indians, dies
  • Nov 6 William J. Hardee, U.S. Army officer (Confederate Army), dies at 58
  • Nov 8 Manuel Breton de los Herreros, Spanish poet and comic playwright, dies at 76
  • Dec 6 Manuel Acuña, Mexican poet (Ante un Cadaver), dies at 24
  • Dec 14 Louis Agassiz, Swiss-American naturalist & geologist, dies at 66
  • Dec 14 Alexander Keith, Scottish-Canadian politician (4th Mayor of Halifax) & brewer (founder of the Alexander Keith's Nova Scotia Brewery), dies at 78
  • Dec 21 Francis Garnier, French explorer, dies at 34
  • Dec 22 Charles Lenox Remond, African-American orator and abolitionist, dies at 63
  • Dec 24 Johns Hopkins, Baltimore philanthropist and businessman (b. 1795)