Historical Figures Who Died in 1905

  • Jan 11 Yehudah Aryeh Leib Alter, Warsaw, Hasidic rabbi (b. 1847)
  • Jan 13 George Thorn, Premier of Queensland (b. 1838)
  • Jan 14 Ernst Abbe, German physicist (Carl Zeiss Optics Company), dies at 64
  • Jan 19 Debendranath Tagore, Indian philosopher (b. 1817)
  • Feb 1 Oswald Aschenbach, German painter, dies at 77
  • Feb 4 Louis-Ernest Barrias, French sculptor, dies at 63
  • Feb 9 Adolph Menzel, German painter and graphic artist, dies at 89
  • Feb 12 Marcel Schwob, French writer and journalist (Coeur double), dies at 37
  • Feb 13 Konstantin Savitsky, Russian painter (Travellers in Auvergne), dies at 60
  • Feb 15 Lewis Wallace, US diplomat/writer (Ben Hur), dies at 77
  • Feb 17 Serge Alexandrovich, Governor-General of Moscow, assassinated by a terrorist bomb; his carriage driver also died, the assailant survived, was tried and hanged
  • Feb 18 Jules de Geyter, Belgian poet (International), dies at 75
  • Feb 20 Jeremiah W. Farnham, American merchant captain
  • Feb 28 Joseph C Juglar, French physician/economist, dies at 85
  • Mar 6 John Henninger Reagan, American Confederate politician, dies at 86
  • Mar 12 Rudolf von Alt, Austrian painter, dies at 92
  • Mar 15 Amalie Skram, Norwegian author (Paa St Jorgen), dies at 58
  • Mar 15 Arnold Kerdijk, Dutch liberal/founder (Social Weekly), dies at 60

Jules VerneJules Verne (1828-1905)

Mar 24 French writer known as the "Father of Science Fiction" (Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 77

  • Apr 4 Constantin Meunier, Belgian painter and sculptor, dies at 73
  • Apr 23 Gédéon Ouimet, Quebec politician (b. 1823)
  • Apr 25 Jacob Olie, Dutch photographer, dies at about 70
  • Apr 28 Fitzhugh Lee, American Major General (Confederate Army) & 40th Governor of Virginia, dies at 69
  • May 23 Martinus W van AA Meerbeke, head-editor (Time), dies at 75
  • May 23 Mary Ashton Livermore, American social reformer and women's suffrage leader (President of American Woman Suffrage Association 1878-95), dies at 84
  • May 26 Alphonse de Rothschild, French banker, dies
  • Jun 13 Theodoros Delyannis, premier Greece, murdered
  • Jun 13 Tippo-Tip [Hamed ben Mohammed], Zanzibar merchant, dies at about 67
  • Jun 15 Hermann Wissmann, German African explorer and governor of East-Africa,, dies at 51
  • Jun 22 Francis Lubbock, Governor of Texas (b. 1815)
  • Jun 30 John Hay, US politician (secretary of State and private secretary to Abraham Lincoln, dies at 66
  • Jul 4 Élisée Reclus, French anarchist (b. 1830)
  • Jul 5 Carel V Gerritsen, free thinker, dies
  • Jul 16 Bryan Morel Thomas, Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 69
  • Jul 23 Jean-Jacques Henner, French painter, dies at 76
  • Jul 27 Robert Bullock, American Brigadier General (Confederate Army), dies at 76
  • Aug 4 Kinjikitile "Bokero" Ngwale, Tanzanian prophet and rebel leader, hanged for treason by German East African military
  • Aug 14 Mohammed Abdoe, Egyptian writing expert (Al'Oerwah al-Woethka), dies
  • Aug 14 Simeon Solomon, English Pre-Raphaelite painter, dies at 64
  • Aug 21 Jules Oppert, French-German Assyriologist (decodes characters), dies at 80
  • Sep 13 René Goblet, French politician (41st Prime Minister of France), dies at 76
  • Sep 14 Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Italian-French explorer of the Congo (Brazzaville named after him), dies at 53
  • Sep 18 George MacDonald, Scottish poet and sci-fi author (Princess & Curdie), dies at 80
  • Sep 19 Thomas John Barnardo, British social worker, dies at 60
  • Sep 20 Vjenceslav Novak, Croatian Realist writer (Pavao Šegota), dies at 46
  • Sep 21 Rudolf Baumbach, German writer of student drinking songs, dies at 64
  • Sep 25 Jacques Marie Eugène Godefroy Cavaignac, French politician (b. 1853)
  • Oct 2 José Maria de Heredia, Cuban-French sonnet poet (Les Trophées), dies at 62
  • Oct 6 Ferdinand von Richthofen, German geographer and explorer, dies at 72
  • Oct 29 Hendrik Witbooi, Nama chief (modern Namibia) who resisted German colonial control (pioneered ideas of Pan-Africanism), dies fighting (born ca. 1835) [1]
  • Nov 2 Albert von Kölliker, Swiss anatomist and histologist (one of the first to interpret tissue structure in terms of cellular elements), dies at 88

George WilliamsGeorge Williams (1821-1905)

Nov 6 English philanthropist and founder of YMCA, dies at 84

  • Nov 8 Victor Borisov-Musatov, Russian painter, dies at 35
  • Nov 17 Adolphe [Adolf Wilhelm August Karl Friedrich], Grand Duke of Luxembourg (1890-1905), dies at 88
  • Nov 17 Prince Philippe, Count of Flanders and son of Leopold I, dies at 68
  • Dec 3 John Bartlett, American writer and publisher (compiled Familiar Quotations), dies at 85
  • Dec 29 Martin Wiberg, Swedish computer pioneer, dies at 79