Famous People Who Died In 1808

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1808. This list includes people like John Dickinson, John Wilkinson, Selim III, Christian VII of Denmark, Mustafa IV and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, emperors & kings, military leaders and historians who died in 1808. This list includes people from England, United States, France and many more countries.
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John Dickinson
(Founding Father of the United States)
John Dickinson
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 13, 1732
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Talbot County, Maryland, United States
Died: February 14
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John Wilkinson
(Pioneer in cast iron manufacturing)
John Wilkinson
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Birthdate: 1728 AD
Birthplace: Bridgefoot
Died: July 14
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Johan Christian Fabricius
(Danish Entomologist Who Established the Basis for the Modern Insect Classification)
Johan Christian Fabricius
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 7, 1745
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tøndern, Denmark
Died: March 3

Johan Christian Fabricius was a Danish zoologist. He specialized in "Insecta", which at that time included all insects, arachnids, crustaceans, and other anthropoids. He studied under the renowned Swedish zoologist Carl Linnaeus and went on to become one of the most important entomologists of the 18th century. He is credited to have named nearly 10,000 species of animals. 

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Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov
(Soldier)
Alexei Grigoryevich Orlov
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 5, 1737
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lyutkino, Russia
Died: January 5
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Fisher Ames
(Politician)
Fisher Ames
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 9, 1758
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dedham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 4
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Charles Jenkinson, 1st Earl of Liverpool
(Statesman)
Charles Jenkinson, 1st Earl of Liverpool
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 26, 1729
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oxfordshire, England
Died: December 17
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Selim III
(The Ottoman Empire's 28th Sultan)
Selim III
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Birthdate: December 24, 1761
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Constantinople
Died: July 28

The 28th sultan of the Ottoman Empire, Selim III was a ruler who believed in modern reforms. A talented poet and composer of Ottoman music, he introduced the nizam-ı cedid, a set of new reforms. He redefined his kingdom’s military strategies and taxation system and launched embassies in Europe.

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Alexander Dalrymple
(Geographer and hydrographer)
Alexander Dalrymple
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Birthdate: July 24, 1737
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New Hailes, Scotland
Died: June 19
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Christian VII of Denmark
(Monarch)
Christian VII of Denmark
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Birthdate: January 29, 1749
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: March 13
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Gerard Lake, 1st Viscount Lake
(General)
Gerard Lake, 1st Viscount Lake
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 27, 1744
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Harrow, England
Died: February 20
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Mustafa IV
(Sultan)
Mustafa IV
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Birthdate: September 8, 1779
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Istanbul
Died: November 17
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Fyodor Rokotov
(Artist)
Fyodor Rokotov
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Birthdate: 1736 AD
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: December 24

Russian artist Fyodor Rokotov is best remembered for his Rococo-inspired chamber portraits. Born into serfdom, he surprised everyone with his classy art that didn’t show any sign of his humble beginnings. He also served as a court painter for Peter III and often painted portraits of Catherine II.

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José Celestino Mutis
(Spanish botanist)
José Celestino Mutis
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 6, 1732
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cádiz, Spain
Died: September 11

Spanish botanist José Celestino Mutis had initially studied medicine and served as the royal physician of Ferdinand VI. While working in South America later, he studied the medicinal properties of plants. He also built a massive botanical garden and penned a treatise that contained over 6,000 illustrations of plants.

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Ove Høegh-Guldberg
(Danish Statesman)
Ove Høegh-Guldberg
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 1, 1731
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Horsens, Denmark
Died: February 7

Danish statesman Ove Høegh-Guldberg initially taught theology at the Sorø Academy. He then became a tutor and private secretary to Prince Frederick. He became a powerful figure during the reign of Christian VII, who was mentally unstable. He also patronized Danish poets and authors.

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José Moñino, 1st Count of Floridablanca
(Spanish Statesman)
José Moñino, 1st Count of Floridablanca
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 21, 1728
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Murcia, Spain
Died: December 30
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Gaétan Vestris
(French Ballet Dancer)
Gaétan Vestris
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: April 18, 1729
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1808 AD

Gaétan Vestris was a French ballet dancer who served as a dancing master to the last King of France Louis XVI at the Paris Opéra. A composer of ballets, Gaétan Vestris was extremely popular and successful. He retired in favor of Jean Georges Noverre, who went on to become a great balletmaster.

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Melchiorre Cesarotti
(Author)
Melchiorre Cesarotti
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 15, 1730
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Padua, Italy
Died: November 4
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John Home
(Scottish Minister, Soldier and Author)
John Home
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 13, 1722
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ancrum, Scotland
Died: September 4

John Home was a Scottish author, soldier, and minister. He is best remembered for his play Douglas, which was used as a school text in Scotland until World War II. Home is also credited with co-founding the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 1783. John Home is among the 16 Scottish writers whose faces have been carved on the Scott Monument.

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Mary Anne Talbot
(Soldier)
Mary Anne Talbot
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 2, 1778
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: February 4
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Fredrik Henrik af Chapman
(Shipbuilder, Engineer and Artist)
Fredrik Henrik af Chapman
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 9, 1721
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gothenburg, Sweden
Died: August 19
A prominent shipbuilder, a scientist, a Swedish navy officer (vice-admiral) and an author, Fredrik Henrik af Chapman is regarded as the world’s first naval architect and the first person to use scientific methods for shipbuilding. As an author his 1775 book Tractat om Skepps-Byggeriet (Treatise on Shipbuilding) is considered an important work in modern naval architecture.
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William Shippen Jr.
(Teacher)
William Shippen Jr.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 21, 1736
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 11
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Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester
(British Army Officer and Governor of the Province of Quebec From 1768 to 1778)
Guy Carleton, 1st Baron Dorchester
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 3, 1724
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Strabane, England
Died: November 10
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Ann Brunton Merry
(Actress)
Ann Brunton Merry
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Birthdate: May 30, 1769
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Covent Garden, London, England
Died: June 28
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Lewis Hallam the Younger
(Actor)
Lewis Hallam the Younger
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Birthdate: 1740 AD
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Died: November 1
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Namiki Gohei I
(Actor)
Namiki Gohei I
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Birthdate: 1747 AD
Birthplace: Osaka, Osaka, Japan
Died: February 27
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Thomas Thorild
(Swedish Poet and Critic Who Opposed the Influence of French Classicism on Swedish Culture)
Thomas Thorild
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Birthdate: April 18, 1759
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bohuslän, Sweden
Died: October 1

Thomas Thorild was a Swedish poet, philosopher, critic, and feminist. He is best remembered for promoting women's rights and gender equality. Thorild was popular among women not only for his ideas of gender equality but also for his good looks. Thomas Thorild also served as a librarian and professor at the University of Greifswald.

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Hubert Robert
(Painter)
Hubert Robert
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Birthdate: May 22, 1733
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 15
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Gustaf Fredrik Gyllenborg
(Swedish poet)
Gustaf Fredrik Gyllenborg
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 25, 1731
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Suinstad, Sweden
Died: March 30
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Samuel Kirkland
(Presbyterian Missionary and Minister)
Samuel Kirkland
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 1, 1741
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Norwich, Connecticut, United States
Died: February 28
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Anton von Maron
(Painter)
Anton von Maron
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Birthdate: January 8, 1733
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: March 3
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Richard Porson
(Scholar)
Richard Porson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 25, 1759
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: East Ruston, England
Died: September 25
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Pierre Jean Georges Cabanis
(French Freemason, Physiologist, and Materialist Philosopher)
Pierre Jean Georges Cabanis
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 5, 1757
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cosnac, France
Died: May 5

Pierre Jean Georges Cabanis was a French freemason, physiologist, and materialist philosopher. An early proponent of evolution, Cabanis is credited with influencing the work of French naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck. Pierre Jean Georges Cabanis made a statement on natural selection much before Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.