Historical Figures Who Died in 1880

  • Jan 4 Anselm Feuerbach, German painter, dies at 50
  • Jan 5 Benjamin J. Hill, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 54

Emperor NortonEmperor Norton (1819-1880)

Jan 8 British born self proclaimed "Norton I, Emperor of the United States", dies at 60

  • Jan 24 José Gautier Benítez, Puerto Rican poet, dies at 28
  • Jan 27 Edward Middleton Barry, English architect (b. 1830)

James DonnellyJames Donnelly (1816-1880)

Feb 4 Irish-Canadian patriarch of the Donnelly family, murdered along with his family in the "Black Donnelly" massacre at 63

  • Feb 19 Constantino Brumidi, Greek-Italian-American historical artist (Myrtle Murdock), dies at 74
  • Feb 29 Sir James Wilson, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1812, also on 29 February)
  • Mar 2 Sir John MacNeill, Irish civil engineer (b. 1790)
  • Mar 15 Johan Karel Jakob De Jonge, Dutch historian, dies at 51
  • Mar 25 Ludmilla Assing, German writer, dies at 59
  • Apr 7 Isaac M. St. John, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 52
  • Apr 13 Robert Fortune, Scottish botanist, dies at 67
  • Apr 23 Raden Saleh [Raden Saleh Sjarif Boestaman], Indonesian romantic painter, dies at about 69
  • May 3 Jonathan Homer Lane, American astrophysicist who mathematically analyzed the Sun as a gaseous body, dies at 60
  • May 4 Edward Clark, Governor of Texas (b. 1815)
  • May 8 Gustave Flaubert, French novelist (Madame Bovary), dies at 58
  • May 9 George Brown, Birtish-Canadian journalist, publisher (Toronto Globe), Premier of Canada West (Liberal: 1858) and one of the Fathers of Confederation, dies at 61 after being shot in the leg on March 25
  • May 20 Eugene LFC prince the Ligne, Belgian prince of Ambise, dies at 76
  • May 22 Heinrich von Gagern, German liberal politician, dies at 80
  • May 31 Hippolyte Mège-Mouriés, French chemist and inventor of margarine, dies at 62
  • Jun 4 Eugen Adam, painter, dies
  • Jun 5 Jacob Cremer, Dutch painter and author (Betuwsche Novellen), dies at 52
  • Jun 18 John Sutter, German-Swiss-American colonist who established Sutter's Fort in what is now Sacramento and where gold was first discovered in California, dies at 77
  • Jun 29 George Willem Vreede, Dutch lawyer and politician, dies at 71
  • Jul 9 Paul Broca, French brain surgeon and anthropologist (located speech center), dies at 56
  • Jul 21 Hiram Walden, American politician, dies at 79
  • Aug 5 Ferdinand Ritter von Hebra, Austrian physician (b. 1816)
  • Aug 16 Herschel Vespasian Johnson, American politician (41st Governor of Georgia), dies at 67
  • Aug 28 Charles Thomas Jackson, American physician and geologist, dies at 75
  • Aug 29 Alfred Thomas Archimedes Torbert, Bvt Major General (Union Army), dies at 47
  • Aug 29 Paul Octave Hébert, American Brigadier General and 14th Governor of Louisiana, dies at 61
  • Sep 1 Antoon Jurgens, margarine maker, dies at 75
  • Sep 20 Donald McKay, Canadian-American naval architect (built fastest clipper ships), dies at 70
  • Oct 4 William Lassell, British astronomer who discovered satellites of Uranus and Neptune, dies at 81
  • Oct 6 Benjamin Pierce, American mathematician and astronomer (Peirce's criterion for outliers), dies at 71
  • Oct 14 Victorio, Apache chief/murderer, killed by Mexican army

Lucretia MottLucretia Mott (1793-1880)

Nov 11 American Quaker, abolitionist and women's right activist (1st Woman's Rights Convention), dies at 87

Ned KellyNed Kelly (1854-1880)

Nov 11 Australian outlaw and bushranger, executed at 25

  • Nov 19 Bernard ter Haar, Dutch poet (Herbert and Clara) and church historian, dies at 74
  • Nov 28 Aires de Ornelas e Vasconcelos, Portuguese Roman Catholic Archbishop of Goa, dies at 43
  • Dec 11 Oliver Winchester, American politician and rifle maker (Winchester Repeating Arms Company), dies at 70
  • Dec 12 Michel Chasles, French mathematician (geometry), dies at 83
  • Dec 15 Carlo Boncompagni di Mombello, Italian minister of Justice, dies at 76

George EliotGeorge Eliot (1819-1880)

Dec 22 British novelist (Adam Bede; Middlemarch; Silas Marner), dies of kidney disease on her 61st birthday

  • Dec 25 Fridolin Anderwert, Swiss Federal Councillor, dies at 52
  • Dec 31 Arnold Ruge, German political philosopher and writer, dies at 78