Historical Figures Who Died in 1887

  • Jan 1 Johan Hendrik Koelman, Dutch portrait painter, dies at 66
  • Jan 7 Abraham van Lier, Dutch theater director (Grand Théâtre des Variétés), dies at 73
  • Jan 14 Friedrich von Amerling, Austrian painter, dies at 83
  • Jan 14 Peter Donders, Dutch Roman Catholic missionary to Suriname, dies at 77
  • Jan 17 William Giblin, Premier of Tasmania (b. 1840)
  • Feb 10 Ellen Wood, English author (Pomeroy Abbey), dies at 73
  • Feb 10 Pieter Jan Baptist Carel Robidé van der Aa, Dutch Indologist and geographer, dies at 54
  • Feb 19 Multatuli [Eduard Douwes Dekker], Dutch writer (Max Havelaar), dies at 66
  • Mar 2 August W. Eichler, German botanist (developed a new system of classification of plants to reflect the concept of evolution), dies at 47
  • Mar 8 Henry Ward Beecher, American clergyman (b. 1813)
  • Mar 8 James Buchanan Eads, American engineer and inventor (Eads Bridge-St Louis), dies at 66
  • Mar 8 Pavel Annenkov, Russian literature historian/critic, dies at 73 (b. 1813)
  • Mar 24 Ivan Kramskoi, Russian painter and art critic, dies at 49
  • Mar 28 Ditler Monrad, Danish politician and bishop (Council President of Denmark 1863-64), dies at 75
  • Apr 20 Muhammad Sharif Pasha, Egyptian statesman (b. 1826)
  • May 7 C. F. W. Walther, American Lutheran theologian (b. 1811)
  • May 7 Samuel Cousins, English mezzotint engraver, dies at 85
  • May 8 Alexander Ulyanov, Russian revolutionary and brother of Vladimir Lenin, hanged for the attempted assassination of tsar Alexander III at 21
  • May 11 Jean Baptiste Boussingault, French chemist, dies at 85
  • May 14 Lysander Spooner, American philosopher (b. 1808)
  • May 14 William Burnham Woods, American politician, judge, and Brevet Major General (Union Army), dies at 62
  • May 27 Coenraad J van Houten, Dutch cocoa manufacturer, dies at 86
  • Jun 4 William A. Wheeler, American politician (19th Vice President of the United States), dies at 67
  • Jul 5 August Pott, German philological (Etymology Forschungen), dies at 84
  • Jul 14 Alfred Krupp, German steel merchant and largest arms manufacturer of his day, dies at 75
  • Jul 16 Nicaise de Keyser, Flemish painter (Battle at Woeringen), dies at 73

Dorothea DixDorothea Dix (1802-1887)

Jul 17 American pioneering nurse and social activist who created the first American mental asylums, dies at 85

  • Jul 25 John Taylor, American religious leader (3rd President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints), dies at 78
  • Jul 29 Agostino Depretis, Italian statesman, Prime Minister of Italy (1876-78, 1778-79, 1881-87), dies at 74
  • Aug 1 Joseph Rainey, American politician, 1st African American in US House of Representatives (1870-1879), dies at 55
  • Aug 8 Alexander William Doniphan, American lawyer and soldier, dies at 79
  • Aug 14 Richard Jefferies, English naturalist and essayist, dies of tuberculosis at 38
  • Aug 18 Orson Squire Fowler, American phrenologist and lecturer, dies at 77
  • Aug 19 Alvan Clark, American astronomer and maker of the Dearborn Observatory telescope, the largest telescope in the world at the time, dies at 83
  • Aug 20 Jules Laforgue, French poet (Les Complaintas), dies at 27
  • Sep 14 Friedrich Theodor Vischer, German philosopher and writer (Auch einer), dies at 80
  • Sep 21 William Preston, American lawyer, politician and Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 70
  • Sep 29 Bernhard von Langenbeck, German surgeon and founder of Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery, dies at 76
  • Oct 12 Dinah Craik, English writer (John Halifax, Gentleman), dies at 61
  • Oct 17 Gustav Kirchhoff, German physicist (spectroscopy, coined "black body" radiation), dies at 63

Doc HollidayDoc Holliday (1851-1887)

Nov 8 American dentist, gambler, and gunfighter (Gunfight at the O.K. Corral), dies of tuberculosis at 36

  • Nov 18 Gustav Fechner, German psychologist and physicist (Weber–Fechner law), dies at 86

Emma LazarusEmma Lazarus (1849-1887)

Nov 19 American poet ("Give us your tired & poor", "New Colossus" - on the base of Statue of Liberty), dies likely from Hodgkin's lymphoma at 38

  • Nov 20 Louis Gallait, Belgian historical painter (Egmont & Receiver), dies at 77
  • Nov 25 Johann J Bachofen, Swiss historic rights, dies at 71
  • Nov 27 Frank Dalton, American lawman of the Old West (Deputy US Marshal - Oklahoma Territory), brother of the Dalton Gang of outlaws, killed in the line of duty at 28
  • Dec 1 Albertus J. Duymaer van Twist, Dutch Governor-General of Dutch East Indies, dies at 78
  • Dec 5 Eliza Roxcy Snow, American poet (b. 1804)
  • Dec 9 Mahmadu Lamine, Senegalese marabout and military leader