Historical Figures Who Died in 1903

  • Jan 3 Alois Hitler, father of Adolf Hitler, dies at 65
  • Jan 4 Geo[rge J H] Poggenbeek, Dutch surrealist painter, dies at 49
  • Jan 4 Gulstan Ropert, French Roman Catholic prelate, dies at 63
  • Jan 4 Topsy the elephant (b. circa 1875)
  • Jan 17 Ignaz Wechselmann, Hungarian architect and philanthropist (b. 1828)
  • Jan 21 Hermanus J A M Schaepman, Dutch clergyman/politician, dies at 58
  • Feb 1 George Gabriel Stokes, Irish physicist & mathematician (spectroscope), dies at 83
  • Feb 12 Gaspar Núñez de Arce, Spanish dramatist and statesman (b. 1834)
  • Feb 22 Frederick William Farrar, writer/dean (Canterbury 1895-1903), dies

Richard Jordan Gatling

Feb 26 Richard Jordan Gatling, American inventor famous for the Gatling Gun, the 1st hand-cranked machine gun, dies at 84

  • Feb 28 Girolamo de Rada, Albanian poet (Skanderbeku), dies at 88
  • Mar 4 Joseph Henry Shorthouse, English writer (John Inglesant), dies at 68
  • Mar 5 George Francis Robert Henderson, British soldier (b. 1854)
  • Mar 13 Nicolas Beets [Hildebrand], Dutch writer (Camera Obscura) and theologian, dies at 88
  • Mar 14 Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch, Dutch landscape painter, dies at 88
  • Mar 16 Roy Bean, American jurist
  • Mar 21 Olive Oatman, American who was captured and lived with Native Americans, dies at 65
  • Mar 29 Gustavus Franklin Swift, American founder of the meatpacking firm Swift & Company, dies at 63
  • Mar 30 William Hicks "Red" Jackson, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 67
  • Mar 31 Ebenezer Butterick, American inventor (tissue paper dress pattern), dies at 76
  • Apr 4 Margaret Ann Neve, British 1st recorded female Supercentenarian, who lived in three centuries, dies at 110
  • Apr 11 Gemma Galgani, Italian saint, dies at 25
  • Apr 22 Alexander Ramsey, American politician (1st Governor of Minnesota Territory), dies at 87
  • Apr 29 Paul du Chaillu, French American explorer (first modern explorer to confirm existence of gorillas and pygmies) dies between 61-73 [birth date disputed] (b. c. 1835)
  • Apr 30 Emily Stowe, Canadian suffragist and first woman licensed to practise medicine in Canada, dies at 71
  • May 4 Goce Delchev, a revolutionary from the Balkans - leader of the Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (b. 1872)

Paul Gauguin

May 8 Paul Gauguin [Eugene Henri], French painter who worked in French Polynesia, dies at 54

  • May 13 Apolinario Mabini, Filipino political theoretician and 1st Prime Minister of the Philippines, dies at 38
  • May 29 Bruce Price, American architect (Château Frontenac), dies at 57
  • Jun 10 Luigi Cremona, Italian mathematician (grafostatica), dies at 72
  • Jun 11 King Alexander I and Queen Draga of Serbia are assassinated by a group of army officers as part of a coup
  • Jun 11 Nikolai Bugaev, Russian mathematician, dies at 65
  • Jun 22 George White, African American resident of Delaware, lynched
  • Jul 9 Alphonse François Renard, Belgian geologist, dies at 60
  • Jul 17 James McNeill Whistler, American-British painter (Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1 aka "Whistler's Mother"), dies at 69

Leo XIII

Jul 20 Leo XIII [Vincenzo G Pecci], 256th Pope (1878-1903), dies at 93

  • Jul 22 Cassius Marcellus Clay, American emancipationist (b. 1810)
  • Jul 30 Servas Daems [Peeter Klein], Flem writer (Wheelbarrows), dies at 65

Calamity Jane

Aug 1 Calamity Jane [Martha Jane Canary], American frontierswoman, dies at 51

  • Aug 2 Edmond Nocard, French veterinarian (Louis Pasteur Institute), dies at 53
  • Aug 11 Eugenio Maria de Hostos, Puerto Rican educator and nationalist (b. 1839)

Robert Gascoyne-Cecil

Aug 22 Robert Gascoyne-Cecil, 3rd Marquess of Salisbury, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1885-86, 1886-92 and 1895-1902), dies at 73

  • Aug 23 Paul Gabriël, Dutch water colors painter and etcher, dies at 75
  • Aug 29 William Henry Penrose, American Brigadier General (Union Army), dies at 71
  • Aug 30 Vicente Fidel López, Argentine historian (Historia the Chile), dies at 87
  • Sep 1 Charles Renouvier, French philosopher (neo criticism), dies
  • Sep 3 Joseph Skipsey, British poet (b. 1832)
  • Sep 6 Charles Ammi Cutter, American librarian (Expansive classification), dies at 66
  • Sep 27 Alson Sherman, American politician (8th Mayor of Chicago 1844-45), dies at 92
  • Oct 4 Otto Weininger, Austrian philosopher (b. 1880)
  • Oct 7 Rudolf Lipschitz, German mathematician (b. 1832)
  • Oct 23 Francis Ellingwood Abbot, American theologian (Scientific Theism), dies at 66

Theodor Mommsen

Nov 1 Theodor Mommsen, German historian and scholar (Nobel Prize in Literature 1902), dies at 85

Camille Pissarro

Nov 13 Camille Pissarro, Danish Antillean and French Impressionist painter, dies at 73

  • Nov 13 Wilhelm von Polenz, German author (Country of Zukunft), dies
  • Nov 25 Harriet Hubbard Ayer, American cosmetics manufacturer and columnist, dies at 54
  • Dec 28 George Gissing, British novelist (New Grub Street, Charles Dickens: A Critical Study), dies from a chill at 46