Historical Figures Who Died in 1876

  • Jan 7 Juste Olivier, Swiss poet (b. 1807)
  • Jan 9 Samuel Gridley Howe, United States physician, abolitionist, and an advocate of education for the blind, dies at 74

Gordon Granger

Jan 10 Gordon Granger, American Major General during the Civil War (Union Army), dies at 54

  • Jan 15 Eliza Johnson, U.S. First Lady (b. 1810)
  • Feb 3 Gino Capponi, Italian marquis, literary and Premier of Toscane, dies at 83
  • Feb 10 Reverdy Johnson, American politician and jurist (Dred Scott v. Sandford), dies at 79
  • Feb 24 Jan Pieter Heije, Dutch physician/writer/poet, dies at 67
  • Feb 24 Joseph Jenkins Roberts, first President of Liberia (b. 1809)
  • Mar 9 Louise Colet, French Romantic poet who had long affair with Gustave Flaubert, dies at 65
  • Mar 18 Ferdinand Freiligrath, German poet and translator, dies at 65
  • Apr 2 Paul van Vlissingen, Dutch ship owner, dies at 78
  • Apr 3 Henriette Davidis, German cookery writer (Practical Cookbook), dies at 75
  • Apr 9 Charles Goodyear, American politician (D-NY), dies at 71
  • Apr 12 Joseph Dana Webster, American civil engineer and Brevet Major General (Union Army), dies at 64
  • May 7 Franz Graf von Pocci, German founding director of the Munich Marionette Theatre (Punch and Judy), poet, and illustrator of children's literature (Viola Tricolor: In Picture and Rhyme), dies at 69
  • May 7 William Buell Sprague, American clergyman and author (b. 1795)
  • May 8 Truganini, last originating Tasmanian, dies
  • May 12 Georgi Benkovski, Bulgarian revolutionary, brutally killed by the Turks (b. 1843)
  • May 12 Henri-François-Alphonse Esquiros, French poet and writer (Evangile du peuple), dies at 63
  • May 19 Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer, Dutch statesman and historian, dies at 74
  • May 20 Harold, grandson of English queen Victoria, dies at 8 days old
  • May 20 Khristo Botev, Bulgarian poet, dies
  • May 24 Henry Kingsley, English/Australian writer, dies at 46
  • May 26 Frantisek Palacky, Czech historian/MP, dies at 77
  • May 27 Joseph Bosworth, lexicographer/scholar, dies
  • Jun 1 Hristo Botev, Bulgarian poet and revolutionary, dies at 28
  • Jun 8 George Sand [Amantine-Lucile-Aurore Dudevant], French author (Indiana, Consuelo), dies at 71
  • Jun 17 Harriet Scott, American ex-slave, who with husband Dred Scott unsuccessfully sued for their freedom

Santa Anna

Jun 21 Antonio López de Santa Anna, President of Mexico who dominated Mexican history in the first half of the 19th century, dies at 79

  • Jun 25 Boston Custer, brother of George Armstrong Custer, dies at Battle of the Little Bighorn at 27

George Armstrong Custer

Jun 25 George Armstrong Custer, United States Army officer and cavalry commander in the American Civil War and the American Indian Wars, dies at the Battle of Little Bighorn aged 36

  • Jun 25 Lame White Man, Cheyenne, dies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • Jun 25 Myles Keogh, US officer, dies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • Jun 25 Thomas W. Custer, brother of George Custer, dies at the Battle of the Little Bighorn
  • Jun 27 Christian Gottfried Ehrenberg, German naturalist and zoologist (micro-organisms), dies at 81
  • Jun 27 Harriet Martineau, British controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and life-long feminist, dies at 74
  • Jul 1 Mikhail Bakunin, Russian revolutionary anarchist, dies at 62
  • Jul 11 Ottho Gerhard Heldring, Dutch preacher and reformer (Heldring Institutions), dies at 72
  • Jul 14 Thomas Hazlehurst, English Methodist chapel builder, dies at 60
  • Jul 27 Walter Channing, American physician who was the first to use anesthesia during childbirth, dies at 90

Wild Bill Hickok

Aug 2 "Wild Bill" Hickok [James Butler], American cowboy and scout, shot dead from behind at 39 by Jack McCall while playing poker (he held a pair of Aces and a pair of 8's)

  • Aug 10 Edward William Lane, British lexicographer and translator (One Thousand & One Nights), dies at 74
  • Aug 19 George Smith, English archaeologist and assyriologist (cuneiform script), dies of fever at 36
  • Aug 21 Harry T. Hays, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 56
  • Sep 5 Manuel Blanco Encalada, first president of Chile (b. 1790)
  • Sep 9 American Horse, Sioux chief, dies in battle
  • Sep 12 Henry A. Wise, American lawyer and politician (33rd Governor of Virginia), dies at 69
  • Sep 25 Adolf Glassbrenner, German satirical writer, dies at 66
  • Sep 27 Braxton Bragg, American Confederate general (b. 1817)
  • Oct 1 James Lick, American land baron in California, dies at 80
  • Oct 7 Georg Heinrich Pertz, German historian, dies at 81
  • Oct 10 Charles Joseph Sainte-Claire Deville, French geologist (b. 1814)
  • Oct 18 Francis Preston Blair, American journalist and newspaper editor (Washington Globe), dies at 85
  • Oct 20 Jeronimo de Bosch Kemper, Dutch sociologist and historian, dies at 68
  • Nov 6 Giacomo Antonelli, Italian cardinal and assistant secretary of state of Pius IX, dies at 70
  • Nov 7 Albertus C van Raalte, Dutch/US vicar (Michigan), dies at 65
  • Nov 8 Maria Vittoria dal Pozzo, Queen consort of Spain (1870-73), dies at 29
  • Nov 28 Karl Earnest Ritter von Baer, Estonian/German embryologist, dies at 84
  • Dec 20 Hannah Omish, at 12 is youngest ever hanged in US