On This Day

Deaths in History in 1885

  • Jan 6 Peter C Asbjornsen, Norwegian fairy tale writer, dies at 72
  • Jan 6 Harishchandra, Indian poet, dramatist and commonly referred as "father of modern Hindi", dies at 34
  • Jan 13 Schuyler Colfax, American politician (b.1823)
  • Jan 15 Levin Minn Powell, American Commander (Union Navy), dies at 81
  • Jan 19 Fred Burnaby, English colonel/balloon pioneer, dies in battle
  • Jan 24 Martin Delany, African-American abolitionist and physician (1st African American major in US Army), dies at 72
  • Jan 26 Charles George Gordon, British Governor-General of Sudan, executed at 51
  • Jan 26 Edward Davy, English inventor (b. 1806)
  • Feb 14 Jules Vallès, French writer (b. 1832)
  • Mar 25 Karl Schwarz, German theologian, dies at 72
  • Apr 7 Carl Theodor Ernst von Siebold, German physiologist (b. 1804)
  • Apr 10 John H Scholten, theologist (Free Want), dies at 73
  • Apr 30 J. P. [Jens Peter] Jacobsen, Danish writer (Niels Lyhne), dies of tuberculosis at 38
  • May 4 Alexander Karađorđević, Prince of Serbia (1842-58), dies at 78
  • May 13 Juliana Horatia [Gatty] Ewing, author (Lob Lie-by-the-Fire), dies
  • May 13 Friedrich Gustav Jakob Henle, German pathologist, dies at 75

  • May 19 Peter W. Barlow, English engineer (b. 1809)

Person of interestVictor Hugo

May 22 Victor Hugo, French author (Hunchback of Notre Dame, Les Miserables), dies at 83

Author Victor Hugo
Author
Victor Hugo
  • May 29 Alfred Meissner, Austrian poet (Ziska), dies at 62
  • Jun 8 Ignace Bourget, French-Canadian Bishop of Montreal, dies at 85
  • Jun 16 Wilhelm Camphausen, German painter (b. 1818)
  • Jun 17 General Edwin H K Freiherr von Manteuffel, mayor (Elzas-Lothar'n), dies
  • Jul 1 Hermann von Fehling, German chemist (Fehling's reagens), dies at 73
  • Jul 15 Rosalia de Castro, Spanish writer and poet in the Galician language ('Séculos Escuros') (b. 1837)
  • Jul 17 Jean-Charles Chapais, Canadian politician (considered Father of the Canadian Confederation), dies at 73

Person of interestUlysses S. Grant

Jul 23 Ulysses S. Grant, 18th US President (1869-77) and Union general, dies of esophageal cancer in Mount McGregor NY at 63

Union General and US President Ulysses S. Grant
Union General and US President
Ulysses S. Grant
  • Aug 7 Anthony Modderman, Dutch politician (Minister of Justice, 1879-83), dies at 46
  • Aug 12 Georg Curtius, German classical linguist, dies at 65
  • Aug 12 Helen Hunt Jackson, American author (Ramona), dies at 54
  • Aug 20 Edouard J. A. Agneessens, Flemish painter (Slave Market), dies at 42
  • Aug 25 Reuben Fenton, American merchant and politician (22nd Governor of New York), dies at 66
  • Sep 15 Jumbo, P. T. Barnum's circus elephant (hit by a train)

Person of interestDoc Durant

Oct 5 Doc Durant [Thomas C. Durant], American financier and railroad promoter (Transcontinental Railroad-Union Pacific), dies at 65

Financier and Railroad Promoter Doc Durant
Financier and Railroad Promoter
Doc Durant
  • Oct 6 Thomas Talbot, 31st Governor of Massachusetts, dies at 67
  • Oct 10 John McCloskey, 1st American cardinal and Archbishop of New York, dies at 75
  • Oct 23 Charles S. West, American jurist and politician, dies at 56

Person of interestGeorge McClellan

Oct 29 George McClellan, Union army major general, dies of a heart attack at 58

Union General George McClellan
Union General
George McClellan
  • Oct 29 James Hannington, English missionary, murdered in Uganda

BattleLouis Riel

Nov 16 Louis Riel, Canadian rebel leader and "Father of Manitoba", hanged for treason at 41

Politician Louis Riel
Politician
Louis Riel
  • Nov 25 Alfonso XII, King of Spain (1874-85), dies at 27
  • Nov 25 Thomas A. Hendricks, 21st Vice President of the United States (D), dies 8 months after taking office at 66
  • Nov 26 Thomas Andrews, Irish chemist and physicist (ozone), dies at 71
  • Dec 8 William Henry Vanderbilt, American businessman, member of the Vanderbilt family, dies at 64
  • Dec 15 Ferdinand II, German prince of the House of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha-Koháry and King of Portugal (1837-53), dies at 69
  • Dec 15 Robert Toombs, American lawyer and 1st Confederate States Secretary of State, dies at 75
  • Dec 24 Louis-Prosper Gachard, Belgian historian, dies at 85