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Deaths in History in 1892

  • Jan 1 Roswell B. Mason, Mayor of Chicago, dies at 86
  • Jan 2 Frederick William Barber, South African frontiersman & scientist, dies at 78
  • Jan 2 George Biddell Airy, English mathematician and 7th Astronomer Royal, dies at 90
  • Jan 7 Muḥammad Tawfīq Pasha, Khedive of Egypt (1879-92), dies at 39
  • Jan 7 Ernst Wilhelm von Brücke, German physician and physiologist, dies at 72
  • Jan 8 John Heykamp, old-catholic archbishop of Utrecht, dies at 67
  • Jan 14 Prince Albert Victor, Duke of Clarence, British prince (b. 1864)
  • Jan 16 Imakita Kosen, Zen teacher/abbot of Engagkuji monastery, dies
  • Jan 18 Anton Anderledy, Swiss Superior General of the Society of Jesus (b. 1819)
  • Jan 21 John Couch Adams, English astronomer (co-discover Neptune), dies at 72
  • Jan 22 Joseph Philo Bradley, U.S. Supreme Court Justice (b. 1813)
  • Jan 31 Charles Spurgeon, English preacher and evangelist, dies at 57
  • Feb 5 Emilie Flygare-Carlén, Swedish novelist (b. 1807)
  • Feb 9 Alfred Moore Scales, American politician (45th Governor of North Carolina), dies at 64
  • Feb 16 Henry Walter Bates, naturalist/explorer (South America), dies
  • Feb 20 Hermann Kopp, German chemist (Law of Kopp), dies at 74

  • Feb 22 Herman Koeckemann, German Catholic prelate (b. 1828)

Person of interestLouis Vuitton

Feb 27 Louis Vuitton, French founder of the Louis Vuitton brand of leather goods now owned by LVMH, dies at 70

Luggage Maker Louis Vuitton
Luggage Maker
Louis Vuitton
  • Feb 27 Anne Clough, English suffragette, promoted higher education for women, first principal of New College, dies at 72
  • Mar 1 Archibald Scott Couper, Scottish chemist, dies at 60
  • Mar 10 Otto van Raised, gov-gen of Neth Indies (1884-88), dies at 69
  • Mar 16 Samuel F. Miller, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 64

Person of interestWalt Whitman

Mar 26 Walt Whitman, American poet (Leaves of Grass) and volunteer nurse during the Civil War, dies of pneumonia at 72

Poet and Nurse Walt Whitman
Poet and Nurse
Walt Whitman
  • Mar 29 William Bowman, English anatomist, dies at 75
  • Apr 2 Willem J d'Ablaing van Giessenburg, Dutch baron and genealogist, dies at 79
  • Apr 15 Amelia Edwards, English author (The Phantom Coach) and Egyptologist, dies at 60
  • Apr 19 Fr. Thomas Dale SSC, Anglican clergyman prosecuted for Ritualist practices in the 1870s (b. 1821)
  • Apr 25 Henri Duveyrier, French explorer (b. 1840)
  • Apr 26 Provo Wallis, British Royal Navy officer, dies at 100
  • May 1 Willem A Scholten, Dutch potato-flour manufacturer, dies at 89
  • May 5 August Wilhelm von Hofmann, German chemist (b. 1818)
  • May 15 Arthur Hodister, British ivory seller (Heart of Darkness), murdered
  • May 16 John Banvard, American artist who painted worlds largest painting (3 mile canvas), dies at 75
  • May 16 Théodore-Joseph Canneel, Flemish painter, dies at 74
  • May 17 Gyorgy Klapka, Hungarian general/parliament leader, dies at 72

  • May 29 Baha'u'llah [Mirza HA Noeri], Persian founder (Baha'i), dies at 74
  • Jun 9 Taiso Yoshitoshi, Japanese woodblock artist and painter, dies at 53
  • Jun 9 William Grant Stairs, Canadian-British explorer and adventurer who had a leading role in two of the most controversial expeditions in the history of the colonisation of Africa, dies at 28
  • Jun 16 Victor Tesch, Belgian lawyer/min of Justice, dies at 80
  • Jun 22 Pierre Ossian Bonnet, French mathematician (b. 1819)
  • Jun 28 Alexandros Rhizos Rhankaves, Greek poet and statesman (b. 1810)
  • Jul 12 Cyrus West Field, American financier noted for success of 1st transatlantic cable, dies at 72
  • Jul 18 Thomas Cook, British founder and CEO of Thomas Cook & Son travel agency (Cook Travel Bureau), dies at 83
  • Jul 21 Henry Gardner, 23rd Governor of Massachusetts (1855-58), dies at 73
  • Aug 1 George Baird Hodge, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 64
  • Aug 9 Matthias de Vries, Dutch linguist (spelling), dies at 71
  • Aug 11 Enrico Betti, Italian mathematician (b. 1813)
  • Aug 23 Deodoro da Fonseca, 1st President of Brazil (b. 1827)
  • Sep 7 John G Whittier, American poet/secretary Anti-Slavery Society, dies
  • Sep 17 Ignaz V Zingerle Edler von Simmersberg, Austrian, dies
  • Sep 24 Cornelis A van Sypesteyn, Dutch governor of Suriname, dies at 69
  • Oct 4 Guillaume Van Kerckhoven, Belgian captain, dies at 39
  • Oct 5 Bill Powers, US member of Daltonbende, dies
  • Oct 5 Bob Dalton, US leader of Daltonbende, dies
  • Oct 5 Dick Broadwell, US member of Daltonbende, dies
  • Oct 5 Grat Dalton, US member of Daltonbende, dies

Person of interestAlfred Tennyson

Oct 6 Alfred Tennyson, writer and British Poet Laureate (The Charge of the Light Brigade), dies at 83

  • Oct 23 Emin Pasha, German explorer and governor (Equatoria), murdered at 52
  • Oct 25 Caroline Harrison, 1st lady of the U.S. (1889-1892), wife of Benjamin Harrison, dies at 60
  • Oct 29 William Harnett, Irish-American painter (Old Cupboard Door), dies at 44
  • Nov 15 Thomas Neill Cream, Scottish-Canadian serial killer (Lambeth poisoner), is executed at 42
  • Nov 26 Charles Lavigerie, French Catholic cardinal, dies at 67
  • Dec 1 Joseph Lippens, Belgian lieutenant in Congo, murdered
  • Dec 1 Lucius E. Polk, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 59
  • Dec 2 Jay Gould, American railroad developer and speculator, dies at 56
  • Dec 3 William Bonaparte, grandson of Lucien, dies
  • Dec 3 Afanasy Fet, Russian poet, dies at 71

Person of interestWerner von Siemens

Dec 6 [Ernst] Werner von Siemens, German inventor (siemens electrical conductance unit) and industrialist (Siemens corporation), dies at 75

Industrialist and Inventor Werner von Siemens
Industrialist and Inventor
Werner von Siemens
  • Dec 11 William Milligan, Scottish theologian (b. 1821)
  • Dec 17 George Brayton, American engineer who developed the Brayton Cycle combustion engine, dies at 62
  • Dec 18 Richard Owen, English zoologist (Dinosauria), dies at 88