Famous People Who Died In 1797

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1797. This list includes people like Mary Wollstonecraft, Edmund Burke, Olaudah Equiano, John Wilkes, Frederick William II of Prussia and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, philosophers, playwrights and journalists who died in 1797. This list includes people from England, France, United States and many more countries.
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Mary Wollstonecraft
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Birthdate: April 27, 1759
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 10

Mary Wollstonecraft was an English writer, advocate of women's rights, and philosopher. Wollstonecraft, who attracted a lot of attention for her unconventional personal relationships, is widely considered a founding feminist philosopher. Although her unorthodoxy initially attracted criticisms, her advocacy of women's equality became increasingly important during the 20th century. Modern-day feminists cite her works and her life as important influences.

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Olaudah Equiano
(Anti Slavery Activist)
Olaudah Equiano
12
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: 1745 AD
Birthplace: Igboland
Died: March 31

Olaudah Equiano was a writer and abolitionist who was part of the abolitionist group, Sons of Africa, composed of Africans living in Britain in the 18th century. Enslaved as a child and sold to different “masters,” he eventually purchased his freedom and became one of the leaders of the anti-slave trade movement in the 1780s.  

 3 
Baron Münchhausen
(German Nobleman)
Baron Münchhausen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 11, 1720
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bodenwerder, Germany
Died: February 22
 4 
James Hutton
(Geologist)
James Hutton
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 3, 1726
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: March 26

The pioneer of modern geology, James Hutton laid down the principle of uniformitarianism in geology. While he was initially interested in chemistry, he had later also studied law and had then moved on to medicine. His iconic Theory of the Earth explained the science behind rock formations.

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Frederick William II of Prussia
(Former King of Prussia (1786 - 1797))
Frederick William II of Prussia
1
Birthdate: September 25, 1744
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin Palace, Berlin
Died: November 16

Though he wasn’t a politically experienced ruler, Frederick William II’s reign as the king of Prussia proved to be beneficial for the country in terms of expansion. However, his excesses and his affinity for Protestantism made him unpopular. He patronized art and culture and even played the cello.

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John Wilkes
(English journalist)
John Wilkes
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 17, 1725
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Clerkenwell, London
Died: December 26
 7 
Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst
(British Army Officer and Commander-In-Chief of the Forces)
Jeffery Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 29, 1717
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
Died: August 3
 8 
Joseph Wright of Derby
(English Landscape and Portrait Painter)
Joseph Wright of Derby
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Birthdate: September 3, 1734
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Derby, England
Died: August 29
 9 
Carter Braxton
(Merchant)
Carter Braxton
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 10, 1736
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: King and Queen County, Virginia, United States
Died: October 10
 10 
François-Noël Babeuf
(French Revolutionary and Journalist)
François-Noël Babeuf
0
Birthdate: November 23, 1760
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Quentin
Died: May 27
 11 
Lazare Hoche
(French Military Leader)
Lazare Hoche
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 24, 1768
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Versailles, France
Died: September 19
 12 
Edmund Burke
(Statesman)
Edmund Burke
8
Birthdate: January 12, 1729
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Died: July 9

Anglo-Irish statesman and philosopher, Edmund Burke, was a member of parliament (MP) in the House of Commons of Great Britain for several years. He supported  Catholic emancipation and strongly opposed the French Revolution. He felt revolution destroyed the fabric of good society and traditional institutions of state and society. He is considered the philosophical founder of modern conservatism. 

 13 
Bahadur Shah
(Prithvi Narayan Shah's son)
Bahadur Shah
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 16, 1757
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gorkha, Nepal
Died: June 24
 14 
Oliver Wolcott
(Politician)
Oliver Wolcott
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 20, 1726
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Windsor, Connecticut, United States
Died: December 1
 15 
Jean-Baptiste Louvet
(French Novelist, Journalist, and Playwright)
Jean-Baptiste Louvet
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 12, 1760
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 25
 16 
Pietro Verri
(Italian Economists, Historian, Philosopher and Writer)
Pietro Verri
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Birthdate: December 12, 1728
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: June 28

Author of numerous literary, historical, and economic works, Pietro Verri was a leader of Milanese academy and moving force behind Società dei Pugni. Also a distinguished public administrator and political economist employed with the Milanese government, he has been credited with abolition of tax farming. Some of his important works are Riflessioni sulle leggi vincolanti and Meditazioni sull’ economia politica.

 17 
Horace Walpole
(Writer, Novelist, Autobiographer, Politician)
Horace Walpole
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 24, 1717
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London
Died: March 2
 18 
Richard Parker
(Sailor)
Richard Parker
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 16, 1767
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Exeter, Devon, England
Died: June 30
 19 
Charles Macklin
(Actor)
Charles Macklin
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 26, 1690
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Culdaff, Ireland
Died: July 11
 20 
John Robert Cozens
(Draftsman)
John Robert Cozens
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Birthdate: 1752 AD
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 14
 21 
Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel-Bevern
(Queen)
Elisabeth Christine of Brunswick-Wolfenbuttel-Bevern
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Birthdate: November 8, 1715
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Schloss Bevern, Duchy of Brunswick
Died: January 13
 22 
Andreas Peter Bernstorff
(Danish Diplomat and Political Leader)
Andreas Peter Bernstorff
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 28, 1735
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: June 21
 23 
Magdeleine-Marie Desgarcins
(Actress)
Magdeleine-Marie Desgarcins
0
Birthdate: May 23, 1769
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mont Dauphin, France
Died: October 27
 24 
Michel-Jean Sedaine
(Dramatist)
Michel-Jean Sedaine
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 2, 1719
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 17
 25 
Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar
(Shah of Iran)
Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar
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Birthdate: March 14, 1742
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gorgān, Iran
Died: June 17

Agha Mohammad Khan Qajar was 6 when Adil Shah got him castrated to prevent him from challenging him as a political rival in the future. However, Agha Moḥammad grew up to lead the Qavanlu clan of the Qajars and later founded the Qajar dynasty of Iran.

 26 
Anton Raaff
(Tenor)
Anton Raaff
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 6, 1714
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bonn, Germany
Died: May 28
 27 
Christian Jensen Lofthuus
(Peasant leader)
Christian Jensen Lofthuus
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 15, 1750
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Risør, Norway
Died: June 13
 28 
Asaf-ud-Daula
(Nawab wazir of Oudh)
Asaf-ud-Daula
0
Birthdate: September 23, 1748
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Faizabad, India
Died: September 21
 29 
Francis Lightfoot Lee
(Politician)
Francis Lightfoot Lee
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 14, 1734
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stratford, Virginia, United States
Died: January 11
 30 
Robert Marsham
(Biologist)
Robert Marsham
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 27, 1708
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Stratton Strawless, United Kingdom
Died: September 4
 31 
Agonglo
(Monarch)
Agonglo
0
Birthdate: 1766 AD
Birthplace: Dahomey
Died: 1797 AD
 32 
Charles FitzRoy, 1st Baron Southampton
(Military officer)
Charles FitzRoy, 1st Baron Southampton
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 25, 1737
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: England
Died: March 21
 33 
Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser
(Austrian field marshal during the French Revolutionary Wars)
Dagobert Sigmund von Wurmser
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 7, 1724
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: August 22
 34 
Agui
(Former Minister of Finance of imperial China)
Agui
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 17, 1717
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: October 10

Qing dynasty general Agui was the son of Qing official Akdun. He led several major military operations, including Chinese Turkistan and Ili, and also unsuccessfully tried to conquer Myanmar. He also helped China strengthen its position in Taiwan. He had also been the Chief Grand Councillor and held several ministerial posts.

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Elhanan Winchester
(Religious Leader)
Elhanan Winchester
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 19, 1751
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 18