Famous People Who Died In 1839

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1839. This list includes people like Mahmud II, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Sybil Ludington, Frederick VI of Denmark, Lord William Bentinck and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, emperors & kings, composers and geologists who died in 1839. This list includes people from United States, England and many more countries.
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Maharaja Ranjit Singh
(1st Maharaja of the Sikh Empire)
Maharaja Ranjit Singh
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Birthdate: November 2, 1780
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gujranwala, Pakistan
Died: June 27
Maharaja Ranjit Singh, also known as the "Lion of Punjab" and the “Napoleon of the East,” was a Sikh leader who reigned over the northwest Indian subcontinent in the 19th century. He fought valiantly against the Afghans and introduced many modern reforms. His Khalsa Army included people of all religions.
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William Murdoch
(Scottish Engineer and Inventor Who Was the First to Make Extensive Use of Coal Gas for Illumination)
William Murdoch
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Birthdate: August 21, 1754
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lugar, Scotland
Died: November 15

Scottish engineer William Murdoch initially worked for the firm of Matthew Boulton and James Watt. He later made a host of inventions and was the first to use coal gas for illumination. He was also known for his work on steam energy and invented the oscillating engine and the D slide valve.

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Mahmud II
(Sultan of Ottoman Empire)
Mahmud II
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Birthdate: July 20, 1785
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: İstanbul, Turkey
Died: July 1

Mahmud II reigned as the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1808 to 1839. His reign was marked by the extensive military, administrative, and fiscal reforms which he initiated. The reforms that he initiated eventually led to the formation of the modern Turkish Republic. He is also credited with rebuilding a strong naval force for the empire.

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Frederick VI of Denmark
(King)
Frederick VI of Denmark
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Birthdate: January 28, 1768
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: December 3
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Fernando Sor
(Spanish Classical Guitarist and Composer of the Early Romantic Era)
Fernando Sor
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 14, 1778
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
Died: July 10

Fernando Sor was a Spanish composer and classical guitarist best remembered for writing solo classical guitar music. Widely regarded as the best classical guitarist of his generation, Fernando Sor also composed an opera, two ballets, and three symphonies. Many of his works have been studied by students and guitar enthusiasts all over the world.

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Sybil Ludington
(American Revolutionary War Heroine)
Sybil Ludington
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 5, 1761
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ludingtonville, New York, United States
Died: February 26

Born to a militia officer, Sybil Ludington later made history with her fearless resistance to the British during the American Revolutionary War. Most of her statues today find her perched on a horse, in a tribute to her night-long horseback ride to inform American soldiers of an impending British attack.

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William Smith
(Pioneering British Geologist Who Created the World's First Detailed Country Map)
William Smith
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 23, 1769
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Churchill, England
Died: August 28

British geologist William Smith, who is regarded as the Father of English Geology, is remembered for developing the science of stratigraphy. His geologic map of England and Wales was the world’s first nationwide and detailed geologic map. He was also the recipient of the first Wollaston Medal.

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Major Ridge
(tribal chief)
Major Ridge
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1771 AD
Birthplace: Tennessee
Died: June 22
 9 
Friedrich Mohs
(German geologist)
Friedrich Mohs
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 29, 1773
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gernrode
Died: September 29

German mineralogist Friedrich Mohs is remembered for inventing a decimal scale used to measure the hardness of minerals, known as the Mohs scale. A professor at the University of Vienna, he later also became the curator of the Imperial Mineralogical Collection. He also laid down a system of classifying crystals.

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Senusret III
(Pharaoh of Egypt)
Senusret III
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Birthplace: Egypt
Died: 1839 BC

The fifth king of the Twelfth Dynasty of the Middle Kingdom, Khakaure Senusret III is regarded as a great pharaoh and perhaps the mightiest Egyptian ruler of the dynasty. His reign and military campaigns witnessed a period of great power leading to an era of peace, economic prosperity, decreased power of regional rulers and a complete reformation of Egypt’s government. 

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Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Baronet
(British naval officer)
Sir Thomas Masterman Hardy, Baronet
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 5, 1769
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Portisham, England
Died: September 20
 12 
Joseph Anton Koch
(Painter)
Joseph Anton Koch
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Birthdate: July 27, 1768
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Elbigenalp, Austria
Died: January 12

Austrian painter of Neoclassicism Joseph Anton Koch, who was later influenced by the German Romantic movement, is probably the most noteworthy neoclassical landscape painter. Some of his notable works include Landscape with Abraham and the Three Angels in the Valley of Mambre, Waterfalls at Subiaco, Landscape with Bileam, and the four frescoes in the Dante Room of the Villa Massimi.

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Leonor de Almeida Portugal, Marquise of Alorna
(Portuguese Noblewoman, Painter, and Poet)
Leonor de Almeida Portugal, Marquise of Alorna
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Birthdate: October 31, 1750
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: São Jorge de Arroios, Lisbon, Portugal
Died: October 11

Leonor de Almeida Portugal, Marquise of Alorna was a Portuguese noblewoman, poet, and painter. One of the best known exponents of the Portuguese Neoclassic and Neoclassicism, Leonor was recognized as one of Europe's most prominent literary figures at the time. 

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Hugues-Bernard Maret, duc de Bassano
(Statesman)
Hugues-Bernard Maret, duc de Bassano
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 1, 1763
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dijon, France
Died: May 13
 15 
Robert Young Hayne
(Politician)
Robert Young Hayne
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 10, 1791
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Colleton, South Carolina, United States
Died: September 24
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Mikhail Speransky
(Statesman)
Mikhail Speransky
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 12, 1772
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cherkutino, Russia
Died: February 23
 17 
John Galt
(Novelist)
John Galt
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 2, 1779
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Irvine, Ayrshire, Scotland
Died: April 11

John Galt was a Scottish entrepreneur, novelist, and social and political commentator. Often referred to as the first English-language political novelist, Galt wrote extensively on issues pertaining to the Industrial Revolution. John Galt is also known as the father of Sir Alexander Tilloch Galt, who went on to become one of the fathers of the Canadian Confederation.

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Benjamin Lundy
(American Quaker Abolitionist)
Benjamin Lundy
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Birthdate: January 4, 1789
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hardwick Township, New Jersey, United States
Died: August 22

Born into a Quaker household, Benjamin Lundy had developed anti-slavery sentiments quite early in life. He grew up to become one of the leading abolitionists of the 19th century. He also launched papers such as The National Enquirer and the anti-slavery association Union Humane Society.

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Lady Flora Hastings
(Poet)
Lady Flora Hastings
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 11, 1806
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Died: July 5
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Ferdinando Paer
(Composer)
Ferdinando Paer
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 1, 1771
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Parma, Italy
Died: May 3
 21 
Caroline Bonaparte
(Queen)
Caroline Bonaparte
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Birthdate: March 25, 1782
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
Died: May 18
 22 
Al-Shawkani
(Islamic jurist, Theologian)
Al-Shawkani
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: 1759 AD
Birthplace: Yemen
Died: 1839 AD
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John Wesley Jarvis
(Painter)
John Wesley Jarvis
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Birthdate: 1781 AD
Birthplace: South Shields, England
Died: January 14
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Lord William Bentinck
(Former Governor-General of India)
Lord William Bentinck
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 14, 1774
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Died: June 17
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Hezekiah Niles
(Editor)
Hezekiah Niles
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Birthdate: October 10, 1777
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chester County, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 2
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Max Habicht
(Educator)
Max Habicht
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 8, 1775
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: May 25

Max Habicht was a Polish educator best remembered for teaching Arabic in Paris; he studied Arabic for 10 years under Antoine Isaac Silvestre de Sacy. Max Habicht is also remembered for his recension of the popular work, One Thousand and One Nights.

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Eduard Gans
(Jurist)
Eduard Gans
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: March 22, 1797
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 5
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Aloysia Weber
(German Soprano)
Aloysia Weber
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: 1760 AD
Birthplace: Zell im Wiesental, Germany
Died: June 8
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John Batman
(Australian Grazier and Explorer Who Played an Important Role in the Founding of Melbourne)
John Batman
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 21, 1801
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Parramatta
Died: May 6

John Batman was an Australian entrepreneur, grazier, and explorer. He is best remembered for his contribution in the Founding of Melbourne, which is now considered one of Australia's most important and largest cities. Numerous places in Australia have been named after John Batman.

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Winthrop Mackworth Praed
(Politician)
Winthrop Mackworth Praed
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 28, 1802
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 15
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Maurice de Guérin
(Poet)
Maurice de Guérin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 4, 1810
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Andillac, France
Died: July 19
 32 
Kishi Ganku
(Japanese Painter of Kyoto and Founder of the Kishi School of Painting)
Kishi Ganku
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Birthdate: 1749 AD
Birthplace: Kanazawa, Japan
Died: January 19

A renowned Japanese painter of the late Tokugawa period and founder of the Kishi School of Painting, Kishi Ganku is noted for his realistic solid style. Beginning his education with the Kano style, he later studied Maruyama-Shijō school and also from Chinese painter Shen Nan-p’in. Mostly noted for his paintings of tigers, he also painted portraits, landscapes, flowers, and birds.  

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Joseph Fesch
(Diplomat)
Joseph Fesch
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 3, 1763
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
Died: May 13
 34 
Samuel Smith
(Politician)
Samuel Smith
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 27, 1752
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carlisle, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 22
 35 
Pedro Romero
(Spanish Bullfighter)
Pedro Romero
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 19, 1754
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ronda, Spain
Died: February 10
 36 
James Maitland, 8th Earl of Lauderdale
(Politician)
James Maitland, 8th Earl of Lauderdale
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 26, 1759
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ratho, Scotland
Died: September 10
 37 
Juan Galindo
(Political activist, military and administrative officer under the Liberal government of the Federal Republic of Central AmericaArchaeologist whose reports on his findings earned him recognition as an early pioneer of Maya archaeology)
Juan Galindo
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1802 AD
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: 1839 AD
 38 
Adolphe Nourrit
(Musician)
Adolphe Nourrit
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 3, 1802
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Montpellier, France
Died: March 7
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Prince Saunders
(Teacher, Diplomat)
Prince Saunders
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1775 AD
Birthplace: Lebanon, Connecticut, United States
Died: 1839 AD
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Wilbur Fisk
(Educator)
Wilbur Fisk
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 31, 1792
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Guilford, Vermont, United States
Died: February 22
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Anders Danielsson
(Swedish politician)
Anders Danielsson
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 12, 1784
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bondarp, Sweden
Died: April 22

Anders Danielsson was a Swedish politician and farmer. Best remembered for his strong will, Danielsson played an important role in almost all Riksdag meetings from early 1800s until his demise in 1839. Anders Danielsson also served as a representative of 27 districts.

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Milan III (or I)
(Prince)
Milan III (or I)
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 21, 1819
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kragujevac, Serbia
Died: July 8