Famous People Who Died In 1848

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1848. This list includes people like John Quincy Adams, Emily Brontë, William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, George Stephenson, Thomas Cole and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include novelists, poets, political leaders and military leaders who died in 1848. This list includes people from England, United States and many more countries.
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 1 
Emily Brontë
(Novelist)
Emily Brontë
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 30, 1818
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Thornton, West Yorkshire
Died: December 19
Victorian novelist/poet Emily Brontë, also known as Ellis Bell, is best remembered for her iconic novel Wuthering Heights. Her book of poems, written with her sisters Charlotte and Anne, was titled Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell, highlighting their pseudonyms. She suffered from prolonged illness and died of tuberculosis.
 2 
George Stephenson
(Father of Railways)
George Stephenson
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Birthdate: June 9, 1781
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wylam
Died: August 12

George Stephenson was a British mechanical and civil engineer. Stephenson is credited with pioneering rail transport which is widely regarded as one of the most prominent inventions of the 19th century. Regarded as the Father of Railways, George Stephenson is also credited with developing the standard rail gauge which is used by several railways around the world.

 3 
John Quincy Adams
(6th President of United States (1825 - 1829))
John Quincy Adams
78
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 11, 1767
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Braintree, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 23

The sixth president of the United States of America John Quincy Adams played a key role in shaping America during its formative years. He helped develop the Monroe Doctrine, which eventually became a vital tenet of the U.S. foreign policy. He is also widely regarded as one of the greatest secretaries of state and diplomats in the American history.

 4 
Caroline Herschel
(Astronomer)
Caroline Herschel
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 16, 1750
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: January 9

Caroline Herschel was a German astronomer who is credited with the discovery of many comets, such as 35P/Herschel-Rigollet, which is named in her honor. In 1828, Herschel became the first woman to be honored with a Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society. She was also the first female scientist to receive a salary.

 5 
John Jacob Astor
(Entrepreneur)
John Jacob Astor
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 17, 1763
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Walldorf, Germany
Died: March 29
 6 
Thomas Cole
(Painter)
Thomas Cole
3
Birthdate: February 1, 1801
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bolton, Lancashire, England
Died: February 11
 7 
Gaetano Donizetti
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 29, 1797
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bergamo, Italy
Died: April 8
Nineteenth-century Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti is best remembered for his mastery of the bel canto opera style. While his father wanted him to become a church composer, Donizetti was more interested in theater. He spent his final years in a mental asylum and later died of syphilis.
 8 
François-René de Chateaubriand
(French Writer Who Had a Notable Influence on French Literature of the 19th Century)
François-René de Chateaubriand
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 4, 1768
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint-Malo, France
Died: July 4

François-René de Chateaubriand was a French writer, diplomat, historian, and politician. Chateaubriand had a major influence on 19th-century French literature. François-René de Chateaubriand is also remembered for defending the Catholic faith by writing The Genius of Christianity when most intellectuals were turning against the Church. Chateaubriand was a food enthusiast; it is believed that Chateaubriand steak is named after him.

 9 
Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt
(Viceroy of Egypt)
Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 4, 1789
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Drama, Greece
Died: November 10

Ibrahim Pasha of Egypt was an Egyptian army general who served as the regent of his father's Muhammad Ali dynasty in 1848 due to his father's ill health. Ibrahim Pasha is best remembered for his military victories, including his impressive success against the Ottoman Empire, for which he is counted among the greatest members of the Muhammad Ali dynasty.

 10 
Jöns Jacob Berzelius
(Chemist, Non-fiction writer, University teacher)
Jöns Jacob Berzelius
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 20, 1779
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Östergötland
Died: August 7

Jöns Jacob Berzelius was a Swedish chemist who is often counted among the founders of modern chemistry alongside Robert Boyle, Antoine Lavoisier, and John Dalton. He is also referred to as the Father of Swedish Chemistry. Jöns Jacob Berzelius is also credited with making immense contributions to the field of stoichiometry. In 1836, he was honored with the Copley Medal.

 11 
Branwell Brontë
(Painter, Poet, Writer)
Branwell Brontë
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 26, 1817
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Yorkshire
Died: September 24
 12 
Bernard Bolzano
(Mathematician)
Bernard Bolzano
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 5, 1781
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague, Czechoslovakia
Died: December 18
 13 
Joseph Mohr
(Austrian Roman Catholic Priest and Writer)
Joseph Mohr
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 11, 1792
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
Died: December 4

Austrian Roman Catholic priest and writer Josephus Mohr is best-known for writing lyrics of the popular Christmas carol Stille Nacht (Silent Night), which was composed by Austrian primary school teacher, church organist, and composer Franz Xaver Gruber. A manuscript in Mohr's handwriting discovered in 1995 states that Mohr penned the poem in 1816 and Gruber composed its music in 1818.

 14 
Horace Wells
(Dentist)
Horace Wells
3
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: January 21, 1815
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hartford, Vermont, United States
Died: January 24
 15 
Takizawa Bakin
(Japanese Novelist)
Takizawa Bakin
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 4, 1767
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: December 1
Japanese novelist Takizawa Bakin belonged to the Edo period and was known as a gesaku author. Admired for his lengthy and serious historical novels, Bakin published over 200 works during his prolific career. He created the historical romance in Japan with special attention to Chinese civilization, Buddhist philosophy, and national history. Nansō Satomi hakkenden is among his most popular works.
 16 
Duchess Amelia of Württemberg
(Princess)
Duchess Amelia of Württemberg
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 28, 1799
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wolany, Poland
Died: November 28
 17 
Khachatur Abovian
(Writer)
Khachatur Abovian
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 15, 1809
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Yerevan, Armenia
Died: April 14
 18 
Hezekiah Frith
(Successful shipowner during the 1780s and 1790s)
Hezekiah Frith
0
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: 1763 AD
Birthplace: Bermuda
Died: 1848 AD
 19 
Manto Mavrogenous
(Honorary Lieutenant General)
Manto Mavrogenous
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1796 AD
Birthplace: Trieste, Italy
Died: June 30
 20 
James Cowles Prichard
(Physician)
James Cowles Prichard
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Birthdate: February 11, 1786
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ross, England
Died: December 23
 21 
Frederick Marryat
(Naval officer)
Frederick Marryat
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 10, 1792
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 9
 22 
Vissarion Belinsky
(Literary critic)
Vissarion Belinsky
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Birthdate: June 11, 1811
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland
Died: June 7
 23 
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
(Former British Prime Minister)
William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 15, 1779
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 24

William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne, or Lord Melbourne, was a Whig and a close advisor of Queen Victoria. Apart from being the leader of the opposition, he had also been the British prime minister. However, he was known more for his love for theology and literature than his political exploits.

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Denis-Auguste Affre
(Archbishop)
Denis-Auguste Affre
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 27, 1793
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint-Rome-de-Tarn, France
Died: June 27
 25 
Alessandro Poerio
(Poet)
Alessandro Poerio
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 27, 1802
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: November 3
 26 
Landgravine Josepha of Fürstenberg-Weitra
(princess consort of Liechtenstein as wife of Johann I Joseph, Prince of Liechtenstein.)
Landgravine Josepha of Fürstenberg-Weitra
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 21, 1776
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: February 23
 27 
Princess Sophia of the United Kingdom
(Princess)
Princess Sophia of the United Kingdom
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 3, 1777
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Buckingham House, London, England
Died: May 27
 28 
Jean-Antoine Dubois
(Missionary)
Jean-Antoine Dubois
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1765
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Saint-Remeze, France
Died: February 17
 29 
Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
(Writer)
Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 10, 1797
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Havixbeck, Germany
Died: May 24
 30 
Lord George Bentinck
(Politician)
Lord George Bentinck
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 27, 1802
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Welbeck Abbey, England
Died: September 21
 31 
Christian VIII of Denmark
(King)
Christian VIII of Denmark
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Birthdate: September 18, 1786
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: January 20
 32 
Joseph von Görres
(Writer)
Joseph von Görres
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 25, 1776
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Koblenz, Germany
Died: January 29
 33 
María Josefa García Granados
(Writer)
María Josefa García Granados
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Birthdate: July 10, 1796
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Puerto de Santa María, Cadiz, Spain
Died: July 28
 34 
Zwangendaba
(African king)
Zwangendaba
0
Birthdate: 1785 AD
Birthplace: Not known
Died: 1848 AD
 35 
Jaime Balmes
(Spanish Philosopher, Theologian, Catholic Apologist, Sociologist and Political Writer)
Jaime Balmes
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Birthdate: August 28, 1810
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vic, Catalonia, Spain
Died: July 9

Spanish philosopher Jaime Luciano Balmes is best known for iconic work Protestantism and Catholicism Compared in Their Effect on the Civilization of Europe, penned in defense of Catholicism. An expert in civil and canon law, he initially taught math and physics, and was criticized by Catholics for being too liberal.

 36 
Simon Willard
(Cockmaker)
Simon Willard
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Birthdate: April 3, 1753
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Grafton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 30
 37 
Keokuk
(Sauk leader)
Keokuk
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1780 AD
Birthplace: Illinois Territory, United States
Died: 1848 AD
 38 
Steen Steensen Blicher
(Author)
Steen Steensen Blicher
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 11, 1782
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vium, Denmark
Died: March 26
 39 
Henry Wheaton
(Lawyer)
Henry Wheaton
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 27, 1785
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: March 11
 40 
Maria Isabella of Spain
Maria Isabella of Spain
1
Birthdate: July 6, 1789
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Royal Palace of Madrid, Madrid, Spain
Died: September 13
 41 
Mohammad Shah Qajar
(Shah of Qajar Iran from 23 October 1834 to 5 September 1848)
Mohammad Shah Qajar
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Birthdate: January 5, 1808
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tabriz, Iran
Died: September 5

The son of Abbas Mirza, Mohammad Shah Qajar was chosen as the heir by his grandfather, Fat′h Ali Shah Qajar, the second Shah of Iran. After Fat’h Ali’s death, one of his sons, Ali Mirza, laid claim to the throne but was deposed, while Mohammad ruled as the Shah of Persia.

 42 
Tom Cribb
(Boxer)
Tom Cribb
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 8, 1781
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: May 11
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 43 
Gottfried Hermann
(Scholar)
Gottfried Hermann
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Birthdate: November 28, 1772
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: December 31
 44 
Alberto Lista
(Poet)
Alberto Lista
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 15, 1775
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seville, Spain
Died: October 5
 45 
Pavel Mochalov
(Best Known as the Greatest Tragic Actor of Russian Romanticism with a Byronic Flair)
Pavel Mochalov
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Birthdate: November 15, 1800
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: March 28

Russian actor Pavel Mochalov, considered the greatest tragic-actor of Russian Romanticism, is best-remembered for his remarkable performances in melodrama and neoclassical tragedy and in Shakespearean plays. He had a long and illustrated career at Malyi Theatre. His acting relied mainly on inspiration and intuition and had a Byronic flavour. His notable performances include playing titular-roles in Don Carlos and Hamlet.  

 46 
Duncan Cameron
(Political figure)
Duncan Cameron
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1764 AD
Birthplace: Glenmorrison, Scotland
Died: May 15

Duncan Cameron was a Scottish-born Canadian political figure and fur trader best remembered for his rivalry with the Hudson’s Bay Company. He is also remembered for representing Glengarry County in the 9th Parliament.

 47 
Jonas Anton Hielm
(Politician)
Jonas Anton Hielm
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: December 30, 1782
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kristiansand, Norway
Died: March 30
 48 
Friedrich Balduin von Gagern
(Soldier)
Friedrich Balduin von Gagern
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 24, 1794
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Weilburg, Germany
Died: April 20
 49 
Friedrich Karl Forberg
(Philosopher)
Friedrich Karl Forberg
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 30, 1770
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Meuselwitz, Germany
Died: January 1
 50 
Louis-François Lejeune
(Painter)
Louis-François Lejeune
1
Birthdate: February 3, 1775
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: February 29