Historical Figures Who Died in 1877

Cornelius VanderbiltCornelius Vanderbilt (1794-1877)

Jan 4 American shipping and railroad magnate (New York Central Railroad), dies at 82

  • Jan 9 Alexander Brullov, Russia painter (b. 1799)
  • Jan 24 Johann Christian Poggendorff, German physicist (b. 1796)

Charles WilkesCharles Wilkes (1798-1877)

Feb 8 American Antarctic explorer and naval officer (Union Navy), dies at 78

  • Mar 4 Hendrik van Rijgersma, Dutch governor (St Maarten), dies at 42
  • Mar 9 Mark Prager Lindo, English Dutch author (Neth Spectator), dies at 58
  • Mar 13 Charles Cowden Clarke, English editor and Shakespearean critic, dies at 89
  • Mar 24 Walter Bagehot, English economist/critic/banker, dies at 51
  • Mar 25 Elkanah Brackin Greer, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 51
  • Mar 31 Antoine Cournot, French philosopher and mathematician (rule of Cournot), dies at 75
  • Apr 22 James P. Kirkwood, American civil engineer, dies at 70
  • May 6 Johan Ludvig Runeberg, Finnish poet (b. 1804)
  • May 18 William "Extra Billy" Smith, American lawyer, politician (Governor of Virginia, 1846-49 and 1864-65; US Representative from Virginia, 1853-61), and oldest General in the Confederate Army, dies at 89
  • May 29 John Lothrop Motley, American historian and author (The Rise of the Dutch Republic), dies at 63
  • Jun 3 Frank Pocock, British explorer, drowned in the Congo while travelling with Stanley
  • Jun 3 Sophie of Württemberg, Queen of Netherlands as wife of William III, dies at 58
  • Jun 5 Prairie Flower, daughter of Ponca tribe Chief Standing Bear, dies during forced removal to Oklahoma Indian Reservation
  • Jun 7 Winand Staring, Dutch geologist (Bottom of Netherlands), dies at 68
  • Jun 9 Hugh W. Mercer, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 68
  • Jul 1 William Henry Davenport, American stage magician, claimed to be a spirit medium, dies at 36
  • Jul 13 Wilhelm E Freiherr von Ketteler, German bishop of Mainz, dies at 65
  • Aug 3 William Butler Ogden, American real estate investor, politician (1st Mayor of Chicago, 1837-38), railroad executive (president of Union Pacific, 1862-63), and philanthropist, dies at 72
  • Aug 5 Gustavus, Crown Prince of Sweden, dies at 77
  • Aug 12 James Drummond, Scottish historical painter, (b. 1816)

Brigham YoungBrigham Young (1801-1877)

Aug 29 American religious leader (Latter-day Saints), dies of peritonitis at 76

  • Aug 30 Raphael Semmes, American Rear Admiral (Confederate Navy), dies at 67
  • Sep 2 Constantine Kanaris, Greek admiral, freedom fighter and politician (b. 1793)
  • Sep 3 Adolphe Thiers, French statesman, 1st president of 3rd French Republic (1871-77), dies at 80

Crazy HorseCrazy Horse (1840-1877)

Sep 5 Oglala Sioux chief (Battle of the Little Bighorn), dies at 37

William Henry Fox TalbotWilliam Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877)

Sep 17 English photographic pioneer, dies at 77

  • Sep 23 Urbain JJ Leverrier, codiscoverer of Neptune, dies
  • Sep 25 Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich, German Physician and advocate of scientific medicine, dies at 62
  • Sep 26 Hermann Grassmann, German linguist and mathematician, dies at 68
  • Sep 30 Toohoolhoolzote, prophet of Nez Perce indians, dies in battle
  • Oct 3 James Roosevelt Bayley, first Bishop of Newark, New Jersey, and the eighth Archbishop of Baltimore, dies at 63
  • Oct 10 Johann Georg Baiter, Swiss philologist, dies at 76
  • Oct 16 John Zwijsen, archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 83
  • Oct 16 Theodore Barrière, French dramatist (b. 1823)
  • Oct 28 Robert Swinhoe, British naturalist (b. 1835)

Nathan Bedford ForrestNathan Bedford Forrest (1821-1877)

Oct 29 American slave trader, Confederate lieutenant general and KKK Grand Wizard, dies of complications from diabetes at 56

  • Nov 1 Oliver Hazard Perry Throck Morton, American politician (Governor of Indiana), dies of a stroke at 56
  • Nov 2 Friedrich Graf von Wrangel, Prussian field marshal, dies at 93
  • Dec 7 Benjamin Huger, American Major General (Confederate Army), dies at 72
  • Dec 10 Jared Kirtland, American physician, naturalist and reformed penitentiaries, dies at 84
  • Dec 12 José de Alencar, Brazilian writer (O Guarani), dies at 48
  • Dec 23 Thomas Wright, English antiquarian and writer, dies at 87
  • Dec 24 Robert Parker Parrott, American inventor (developed the rifled cannon known as the Parrott gun), dies at 73
  • Dec 27 Nikolay Alekseyevich Nekrasov, Russian poet, writer and publisher (Russkije Zjenjshiny), dies at 56
  • Dec 29 Willem Sassen, Dutch attorney general on Curacao (Affair-S), dies
  • Dec 31 Gustave Courbet, French realist painter (Demoiselles the la Seine), dies at 58