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Deaths in History in 1879

  • Jan 9 Don Joaquin BF Espartero, fieldmarshall/viceroy of Navarra, dies at 86
  • Jan 13 Henry the Navigator, prince of the Netherlands, third son of King William II of the Netherlands, dies at 58
  • Jan 16 Octave Crémazie, French Canadian poet, dies at 51
  • Jan 22 Anthony Durnford, British colonel, dies in Battle of Isandlwana
  • Jan 22 George Shepstone, British political affiliate, dies in battle
  • Jan 29 Antonia MB Antonucci, Italian cardinal/diplomat, dies at 80
  • Feb 11 Honore Daumier, caricaturist/painter, dies
  • Feb 11 Willem Josephus van Zeggelen, Dutch author, dies at 67
  • Feb 21 Peter P van Bosse, Dutch liberal minister of Finance, dies at 69
  • Feb 23 Albrecht von Roon, Prussian soldier and statesman (Minister of War), dies at 75
  • Mar 1 Joachim Heer, Swiss politician, dies at 54
  • Mar 2 John Eberhard Faber, German-American pencil manufacturer and built 1st large-scale pencil factory in US, dies at 56
  • Mar 30 David van der Kellen, Dutch coin engraver, dies at 74
  • Mar 30 Thomas Couture, French painter/author, dies at 63
  • Apr 4 Heinrich Wilhelm Dove, Prussian physicist and meteorologist, dies at 75
  • Apr 8 Anthony Panizzi, Italian librarian at British Museum, dies at 81

  • Apr 16 Bernadette Soubirous, French saint (saw Virgin Mary at Lourdes), dies from tuberculosis at 35 in Nevers, France
  • Apr 18 Anthony Pannizi, Italian-born British librarian (British Museum), dies at 81
  • Apr 29 Douglas H. Cooper, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 63
  • Apr 30 Emma Smith, Inaugural President of the Women's Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 74
  • May 4 William Froude, English engineer and naval architect, dies at 68
  • May 15 Gottfried Semper, German architect (b. 1803)
  • May 17 Asa Packer, railroad magnate and founder of Lehigh Valley Railroad (b. 1805)
  • May 21 Arturo Prat, Chilean naval officer (b. 1848)

Person of interestWilliam Lloyd Garrison

May 24 William Lloyd Garrison, American abolitionist, and publisher ("The Liberator"), dies at 73

Abolitionist and Social Reformer William Lloyd Garrison
Abolitionist and Social Reformer
William Lloyd Garrison
  • Jun 1 Napoléon IV, Prince Imperial, Head of the House of Bonaparte (1873-79), killed in action during the Anglo-Zulu war at 23
  • Jun 11 Willem, (crown)prince of Orange, dies of bronchitis or murder at 39
  • Jul 16 Edward Deas Thomson, Australian politician (b. 1800)
  • Jul 17 Maurycy Gottlieb, Ukrainian painter (b. 1856)
  • Aug 3 Joseph Severn, English painter (b. 1793)
  • Aug 8 Immanuel Hermann Fichte, German philosopher, dies at 83
  • Aug 27 Rowland Hill, English inventor who introduced 1st adhesive postage stamp (1840), dies at 84
  • Aug 30 John B Hood, confederate general (lost Atlanta), dies at 48
  • Aug 31 William Barber, 6th US chief engraver (1844-79), dies
  • Sep 14 Bernhard von Cotta, German geologist, dies at 70
  • Sep 17 Eugène Viollet-le-Duc, French architect (b. 1814)

  • Sep 28 Nathan Cook Meeker, American journalist and social reformer, murdered by Ute Indians at 62
  • Oct 8 Miguel Grau Seminario, Peruvian Admiral (b. 1834)
  • Oct 13 Henry Charles Carey, American economist (Principles of Poli Economy), dies at 85
  • Oct 14 F Kornberger, writer, dies at 58
  • Oct 27 John Wilkins Whitfield, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 61
  • Oct 28 Marie Roch Louis Reybaud, French writer (b. 1799)
  • Oct 31 Big Snake, brother of Ponca chief Standing Bear, dies
  • Oct 31 Jacob Abbott, American author (b. 1803)
  • Oct 31 Joseph Hooker, American General (b. 1814)
  • Nov 1 Zachariah Chandler, American merchant and politician (found Republican Party), dies at 65

Person of interestJames Clerk Maxwell

Nov 5 James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish physicist (speed of light), dies of abdominal cancer at 48

  • Dec 6 Erastus Brigham Bigelow, American inventor of weaving machine, dies at 65
  • Dec 7 Jón Sigurðsson, Icelandic independence fighter and Icelandic historian, dies at 68
  • Dec 18 Charley Parkhurst, American stagecoach driver who disguised herself as a women for 30 years, dies at 67