Famous People Who Died In 1840

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1840. This list includes people like Caspar David Friedrich, Frances Burney, José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia, Niccolo Paganini, Anne Lister and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include astronomers, novelists, presidents and composers who died in 1840. This list includes people from England, Germany, France and many more countries.
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Niccolo Paganini
(Italian Violinist and Composer Best Known for His Work '24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1')
Niccolo Paganini
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 27, 1782
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Genoa
Died: May 27
Italian multi-instrumentalist and composer Niccolò Paganini established himself as one of the key figures of modern violin technique. Son of a trader-turned-street musician, he started his stint with music by learning to play the mandolin. Some of his most celebrated compositions were the 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op. 1.
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Anne Lister
(English Diarist)
Anne Lister
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 3, 1791
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Halifax, West Yorkshire, England
Died: September 22

Apart from being a traveler and a mountaineer, Anne Lister was also known as the world’s "first modern lesbian". Nicknamed Gentleman Jack for her androgynous fashion, which almost always included the color black, she penned diaries that contained many secret codes that were deciphered much after her death.

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Beau Brummell
(Society figure)
Beau Brummell
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 7, 1778
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 30
 4 
Caspar David Friedrich
(Romantic landscape painter)
Caspar David Friedrich
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Birthdate: September 5, 1774
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Greifswald, Germany
Died: May 7

Caspar David Friedrich was a German painter best remembered for painting mid-period allegorical landscapes. Widely regarded as the most important German painter of his era, Friedrich is celebrated as an important figure of the German Romantic movement. His works have influenced several painters, including Johan Christian Dahl, Arnold Böcklin, and Christiane Pooley.

 5 
Johann Friedrich Blumenbach
(German Physician & Naturalist Considered to be a Main Founder of 'Zoology' and 'Anthropology' as Comparative, Scientific Disciplines)
Johann Friedrich Blumenbach
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Birthdate: May 11, 1752
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gotha, Germany
Died: January 22

A pioneer of physical anthropology, Johann Friedrich Blumenbach laid down one of the first racial classification systems for humans after studying human skulls, dividing mankind into five racial groups. Born into a family of academics, he was a prodigy. He was against scientific racism, though his theory promoted the degenerative hypothesis.

 6 
Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom
(Princess)
Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 8, 1768
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buckingham House, London, England
Died: September 22
 7 
Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom
(Princess)
Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 22, 1770
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buckingham House, London, England
Died: January 10
 8 
Constantine Samuel Rafinesque
(Polymath)
Constantine Samuel Rafinesque
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Birthdate: October 22, 1783
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Galata, İstanbul, Turkey
Died: September 18
 9 
Jean-Étienne-Dominique Esquirol
(Psychiatrist)
Jean-Étienne-Dominique Esquirol
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: February 3, 1772
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toulouse, France
Died: December 12
 10 
Siméon Denis Poisson
(Mathematician)
Siméon Denis Poisson
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 21, 1781
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pithiviers, France
Died: April 25
 11 
Lucien Bonaparte
(Statesman)
Lucien Bonaparte
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 21, 1775
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ajaccio, France
Died: June 29
 12 
Frances Burney
(Novelist)
Frances Burney
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 13, 1752
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: King’s Lynn, England
Died: January 6
 13 
James Prinsep
(Antiquarian)
James Prinsep
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Birthdate: August 20, 1799
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: County of Essex, England
Died: April 22
 14 
Maria Beatrice of Savoy
(Aristocrat)
Maria Beatrice of Savoy
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 6, 1792
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Turin, Piedmont-Sardinia
Died: September 15
 15 
Dingane kaSenzangakhona
(King)
Dingane kaSenzangakhona
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Birthdate: 1795 AD
Birthplace: KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
Died: 1840 AD
 16 
Pierre Dupont de l'Etang
(French General)
Pierre Dupont de l'Etang
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 4, 1765
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chabanais, France
Died: March 9
 17 
Jacques MacDonald
(Military leader)
Jacques MacDonald
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 17, 1765
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: France
Died: September 25
José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 6, 1766
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yaguarón
Died: September 20

José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia went down in history as the first dictator of Paraguay. Although he had initially studied theology, he later deviated to law. Known as El Supremo, he banned all foreign trade in his bid to make Paraguay self-sufficient, thus eventually weaking it and curbing personal freedom.

 19 
Juan Severino Mallari
(Serial killer, Catholic priest)
Juan Severino Mallari
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Listed In: Criminals
Birthplace: Philippines
Died: 1840 AD
 20 
Ratu Udre Udre
(Being the)
Ratu Udre Udre
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Birthplace: Fiji
Died: 1840 AD
 21 
Karl Otfried Müller
(German Professor and Scholar)
Karl Otfried Müller
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Birthdate: August 28, 1797
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brzeg, Poland
Died: August 1

One of the pioneers of Hellenic studies, German scholar Karl Otfried Müller began his academic career at the University of Göttingen. While he initially taught art history and archaeology, he later explored Greek art and myths and their relationship with culture and history. He died of a fever during an expedition in Greece.

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John Cockerill
(Industrialist)
John Cockerill
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 3, 1790
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Haslingden, Lancashire Lancs, England
Died: June 9
 23 
William Garrow
(Judge, Politician, Barrister, Lawyer)
William Garrow
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 13, 1760
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: September 24
 24 
Louis de Bonald
(Philosopher)
Louis de Bonald
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Birthdate: October 2, 1754
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Millau, France
Died: November 23
 25 
Karl Ferdinand von Gräfe
(Surgeon)
Karl Ferdinand von Gräfe
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: March 8, 1787
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: July 4
 26 
Joseph Jacotot
(Teacher)
Joseph Jacotot
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 4, 1770
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dijon, France
Died: July 30
 27 
Mary Boyle, Countess of Cork and Orrery
(Countess of Orrery)
Mary Boyle, Countess of Cork and Orrery
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 21, 1746
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 30
 28 
Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers
Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 11, 1758
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Germany
Died: March 2

Apart from being an astronomer, Heinrich Wilhelm Olbers was also a qualified physician. He converted a portion of his house into an observatory and spent a considerable part of his life attempting to discover a planet between Jupiter and Mars. He is best known for introducing his idea of Olbers' paradox.

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Nanmadaw Me Nu
(Queen)
Nanmadaw Me Nu
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Birthdate: June 18, 1783
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Pha Lan Gon, Myanmar, Burma
Died: May 12
 30 
Karl Follen
(Poet)
Karl Follen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 6, 1796
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Romrod, Germany
Died: January 13
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Carl Ludvig Engel
(Former Architect whose most noted work can be found in Helsinki)
Carl Ludvig Engel
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: July 3, 1778
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: May 14
 32 
Frederick William III of Prussia
(King of Prussia (1797 - 1840))
Frederick William III of Prussia
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Birthdate: August 3, 1770
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
Died: June 7

The son of Frederick William II, Prussian king Frederick William III mostly kept himself aloof from important decisions. He also hampered Prussia’s image by maintaining neutrality in the Wars of the Second and Third Coalitions. He mostly remained under the shadow of his wife, Queen Louise.

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John Blackwell
(Welsh Poet)
John Blackwell
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1797 AD
Birthplace: Mold, Wales
Died: May 19

Better known by his pseudonym, Alun, Welsh bard John Blackwell is regarded as the pioneer of Welsh secular lyric. Initially a shoemaker, he later won many prizes in competitive art festivals. He also served as a rector and edited the Welsh illustrated magazine Y Cylchgrawn.

 34 
Louis-Charles Mahé de La Bourdonnais
(French Chess Player)
Louis-Charles Mahé de La Bourdonnais
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: 1795 AD
Birthplace: France
Died: December 13
 35 
John Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham
(Governor)
John Lambton, 1st Earl of Durham
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 12, 1792
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: St George Hanover Square, Middlesex, England
Died: July 28
 36 
Francisco de Paula Santander
(President of Colombia)
Francisco de Paula Santander
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 2, 1792
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rosario, Viceroyalty of New Granada, Colombia
Died: March 6
 37 
Pierre-Joseph Redouté
(Belgian Painter Known for His Watercolours of Roses, Lilies and Other Flowers at the 'Château de Malmaison')
Pierre-Joseph Redouté
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 10, 1759
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Saint-Hubert, Belgium
Died: June 19

Belgian-born French painter and botanist Pierre-Joseph Redouté, also known as the Raphael of flowers, was a famous court painter and one of the greatest botanical illustrators of his time. Known for his iconic pieces such as Les Liliacées, he was a specialist of painting roses, too.

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John Jeffreys Pratt, 1st Marquess Camden
(Politician)
John Jeffreys Pratt, 1st Marquess Camden
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 11, 1759
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: near Chislehurst, England
Died: October 8
 39 
Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin
(Missionary)
Demetrius Augustine Gallitzin
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 22, 1770
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: May 6
 40 
Henry Richard Vassall Fox, 3rd Baron Holland
(Politician)
Henry Richard Vassall Fox, 3rd Baron Holland
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 21, 1773
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Winterslow, England
Died: October 22
 41 
Hannah Webster Foster
(Novelist)
Hannah Webster Foster
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 10, 1758
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Salisbury, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 17
 42 
Lord William Russell
(Member of Parliament)
Lord William Russell
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 20, 1767
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: United Kingdom
Died: May 5
 43 
Ana Gallum
(Senegalese Women)
Ana Gallum
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1755 AD
Birthplace: Senegal
Died: 1840 AD
 44 
Pierre-Claude-François Daunou
(French statesman)
Pierre-Claude-François Daunou
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 18, 1761
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boulogne, France
Died: June 20
 45 
Nachman Krochmal
(Philosopher)
Nachman Krochmal
1
Birthdate: February 17, 1785
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brody, Ukraine
Died: July 31
 46 
Alexander Macdonell
(Bishop)
Alexander Macdonell
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 17, 1762
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: January 14
 47 
Sophie Dawes, baroness de Feuchères
(English adventuress)
Sophie Dawes, baroness de Feuchères
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1795 AD
Birthplace: St. Helens, England
Died: December 15
 48 
Karl Leberecht Immermann
(Dramatist)
Karl Leberecht Immermann
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 24, 1796
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Magdeburg, Germany
Died: August 25
 49 
Herman Wedel Jarlsberg
(Statesman)
Herman Wedel Jarlsberg
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 21, 1779
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montpellier, France
Died: August 27
 50 
Anton Friedrich Justus Thibaut
(Jurist)
Anton Friedrich Justus Thibaut
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 4, 1772
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hamelin, Germany
Died: March 20