Famous People Who Died In 1849

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1849. This list includes people like Edgar Allan Poe, Frédéric Chopin, Delphine LaLaurie, James K. Polk, Anne Brontë and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, poets, composers and artists who died in 1849. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Poland & France and many more countries.
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Frédéric Chopin
(Polish Composer and Virtuoso Pianist of the Romantic Period)
Frédéric Chopin
23
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 1, 1810
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Żelazowa Wola, Poland
Died: October 17

Romantic Era virtuoso pianist and composer Frédéric Chopin, nicknamed The Poet of the Piano, is remembered as the inventor of the instrumental ballade. The legendary composer mostly created solo piano masterpieces but also experimented with piano concertos and chamber pieces. He was influenced by Bach, Mozart, and Polish folk music.

 2 
Edgar Allan Poe
(Writer and Poet - Widely Regarded as a Central Figure of Romanticism in the United States)
Edgar Allan Poe
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Birthdate: January 19, 1809
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 7

American writer Edgar Allan Poe is regarded as the architect of modern short story, the inventor of the detective-fiction genre and a major contributor towards science fiction genre. The influential writer is recognised for his tales of mystery and macabre. His notable works include The Raven (poem), The Tell-Tale Heart and The Fall of the House of Usher (short stories).

 3 
James K. Polk
(11th President of the United States)
James K. Polk
11
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 2, 1795
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pineville, North Carolina, United States
Died: June 15

The 11th president of the United States, James K. Polk was an advocate of Jacksonian democracy. He is credited with extending the territory of the US during the Mexican–American War. During his presidency, the US annexed the Mexican Cession, the Oregon Territory, and the Republic of Texas.

 4 
Katsushika Hokusai
10
Birthdate: October 31, 1760
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Edo, Tokyo, Japan
Died: May 10

Katsushika Hokusai was a Japanese printmaker, ukiyo-e painter, and artist of the Edo period. He is best known as the creator of the monumental Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, a series of landscape prints, which includes the iconic print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa. He is credited with transforming the ukiyo-e art form to include a much broader style of art.

 5 
Anne Brontë
(Writer)
Anne Brontë
8
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 17, 1820
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Thornton, West Yorkshire
Died: May 28
 6 
Dolley Madison
(Wife of James Madison, the Fourth President of the United States)
Dolley Madison
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 20, 1768
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guilford County
Died: July 12
 7 
Muhammad Ali of Egypt
(Ottoman Governor of Egypt)
Muhammad Ali of Egypt
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 4, 1769
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kavala, Greece
Died: August 2

Muhammad Ali of Egypt was the de facto ruler of Egypt from 1805 to 1848. He was also the Albanian Ottoman governor and is considered the founder of modern Egypt. He implemented drastic reforms in the military, economic and cultural spheres in Egypt. He established the Muhammad Ali dynasty that ruled Egypt until the revolution of 1952.

 8 
Delphine LaLaurie
(New Orleans Socialite and Serial Killer Who Tortured and Murdered Slaves in Her Household)
Delphine LaLaurie
55
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 19, 1780
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: December 7
Delphine LaLaurie, also known as Marie Delphine Macarty or Madame Blanque, was a socialite from New Orleans who tortured and killed countless slaves in her Royal Street mansion. Her crimes were discovered after a fire at her mansion. An outraged mob subsequently destroyed the house, while she left New Orleans.
 9 
Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen
(Former Queen Consort of the United Kingdom and Hanover (1830 - 1837))
Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 13, 1792
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Meiningen, Germany
Died: December 2

The queen consort of the UK and Hanover by her marriage to King William IV, Adelaide was also the daughter of George I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen. She miscarried twice and lost 2 more children as infants, and the royal throne eventually went to Princess Alexandrina Victoria, who later ruled as Queen Victoria.

 10 
William II of the Netherlands
(Former King of the Netherlands (1840 - 1849))
William II of the Netherlands
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Birthdate: December 6, 1792
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: March 17

William II took over as the king of the Netherlands after his father William I’s abdication. His reign witnessed the transformation of his country into a parliamentary democracy through the constitution of 1848. With F.A. van Hall as the finance minister, he helped his country attain a surplus.

 11 
France Prešeren
(Poet, Lawyer, Writer, Poet lawyer)
France Prešeren
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: December 3, 1800
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vrba
Died: February 8

Slovenia’s national poet, France Prešeren was one of the pioneers of Romanticism in Europe. He also penned the first ballad and epic of his country. Though he initially studied law, he later soared to fame with works such as Sonetni venec and brought in elements of ghazal and pattern poetry to Slovenian literature.

 12 
Sándor Petőfi
(Former Hungary’s National Poet, and Was One of the Key Figures of the Hungarian Revolution of 1848)
Sándor Petőfi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 1, 1823
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kiskőrös, Hungary
Died: July 31

Hungarian poet and revolutionary Sándor Petőfi is remembered as one of the pillars of the 1848 Hungarian Revolution, and his song Talpra Magyar became an anthem of the revolution. While he was initially part of the army, ill health got him dismissed soon. He also penned the epic fairy tale János vitéz.

 13 
Albert Gallatin
(Politician, Diplomat)
Albert Gallatin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 29, 1761
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva
Died: August 12
 14 
Mary Lyon
(Pioneer in Women's Education)
Mary Lyon
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 28, 1797
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buckland
Died: March 5
 15 
Maria Edgeworth
(Writer)
Maria Edgeworth
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 1, 1768
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Blackbourton, England
Died: May 22
 16 
Juliusz Słowacki
(Polish Romantic Poet)
Juliusz Słowacki
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 4, 1809
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kremenets', Ukraine
Died: April 3

Juliusz Słowacki was a Polish Romantic poet. Counted among the Three Bards of Polish literature, Słowacki is often referred to as the father of modern Polish drama. However, Juliusz Słowacki was not popular during his lifetime and none of his dramas were performed on stage. His works were popularized after his death by the writers of the Young Poland period.

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Juliette Récamier
(Socialite)
Juliette Récamier
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 3, 1777
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: May 11
 18 
Archduke Ferdinand Karl Viktor of Austria-Este
(Politician)
Archduke Ferdinand Karl Viktor of Austria-Este
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 20, 1821
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: December 15
 19 
Jacob Perkins
(American Inventor, Mechanical Engineer and Physicist Known for His Inventing of 'Refrigerator')
Jacob Perkins
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Birthdate: July 9, 1766
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Newburyport, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 30

Known as the father of the refrigerator, American inventor, mechanical engineer and physicist Jacob Perkins made several useful mechanical inventions. He created improved nail machines and some of the best steel plates for engraving, invented a bathometer, became the first person in Britain to use a uniflow steam engine, and most notably built the world’s first working vapor-compression refrigeration system.

 20 
Lajos Batthyány
(Statesman)
Lajos Batthyány
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 10, 1807
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bratislava, Slovakia
Died: October 6
 21 
Charles Albert of Sardinia
(King)
Charles Albert of Sardinia
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Birthdate: October 2, 1798
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: July 28
 22 
Hartley Coleridge
(British Poet, Biographer and Essayist Best Known for His Sonnets and for a Lyrical Play Entitled Prometheus)
Hartley Coleridge
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 19, 1796
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clevedon, Somerset, England
Died: January 6

The eldest son of Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Hartley Coleridge grew up spending most of his time reading and was closely associated with poets Robert Southey and William Wordworth. Though he gained a fellowship at Oriel, he later lost it due to his alcoholism and his inconsistency.

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Goffredo Mameli
(Poet)
Goffredo Mameli
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 5, 1827
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: July 6
 24 
Marc Isambard Brunel
(French-British Engineer Who Constructed the 'Thames Tunnel')
Marc Isambard Brunel
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: April 25, 1769
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hacqueville, Normandy, France
Died: December 12

French-British engineer Marc Isambard Brunel is best known for constructing the Thames Tunnel and had been the chief engineer of New York City. He had also spent time in a debtor’s prison for his association with loss-making projects. He was the father of renowned engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

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James Clarence Mangan
(Poet)
James Clarence Mangan
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 1, 1803
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: June 20
 26 
Otto Nicolai
(German Composer, Conductor and One of the Founders of the Vienna Philharmonic)
Otto Nicolai
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 9, 1810
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Königsberg, Russia
Died: May 11
 27 
Thomas Robert Bugeaud
(Marshal of France)
Thomas Robert Bugeaud
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 15, 1784
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Limoges, France
Died: June 10
 28 
Anita Garibaldi
(Giuseppe Garibaldi's wife)
Anita Garibaldi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 30, 1821
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Laguna, State of Santa Catarina, Brazil
Died: August 4
 29 
Johann Strauss I
(composer of the Romantic Period. He was famous for his light music)
Johann Strauss I
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Birthdate: March 14, 1804
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 25
 30 
Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner
(German Chemist Best Known for Inventing the First Lighter)
Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner
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Birthdate: December 13, 1780
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hof, Germany
Died: March 24

German chemist Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner was born amid poverty but managed to get training as an apothecary. After his university education, he taught at the University of Jena. His discovery of the fact that certain chemical elements were similar later led to the development of the periodic law of chemistry.

 31 
Grand Duchess Alexandra Alexandrovna of Russia
(Duchess)
Grand Duchess Alexandra Alexandrovna of Russia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 30, 1842
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: July 10
 32 
Marie Dorval
(Actress)
Marie Dorval
1
Birthdate: January 6, 1798
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lorient, France
Died: May 20
 33 
Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia
(Aristocrat)
Grand Duke Michael Pavlovich of Russia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 8, 1798
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: St. Petersburg, Russian
Died: September 9
 34 
John Fielden
(Industrialist)
John Fielden
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 17, 1784
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Todmorden, England
Died: May 29
 35 
Nathan Read
(Former United States Representative, Engineer and Inventor of the High-Pressure Steam Engine)
Nathan Read
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Birthdate: July 2, 1759
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Warren, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 20

American engineer and inventor Nathan Read was a steam pioneer. He invented, most notably, the multi-tubular boiler and the high-pressure steam engine, which was different from James Watt’s steam engine. Read’s engine was much lighter and safer, required less fuel and space, and was more convenient and portable. It could be widely used in new fields like steamboat and land-transport.

 36 
Edward Hicks
(American Folk Painter and Distinguished Religious Minister of the 'Society of Friends')
Edward Hicks
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Birthdate: April 4, 1780
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Langhorne, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 23

Initially a Quaker preacher, folk painter Edward Hicks is best remembered for his work The Peaceable Kingdom and its 100 versions. His interest in painting perhaps stemmed for his early years as a coach painter. He mostly depicted the landscapes of New York and Pennsylvania. His works also featured animals.

 37 
Ruan Yuan
(Official)
Ruan Yuan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 21, 1764
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yizheng, China
Died: November 27
 38 
Carlo Rossi
(Former architect who worked in Imperial Russia)
Carlo Rossi
0
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: 1775 AD
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: April 18
 39 
János Damjanich
(Former general of the Hungarian Revolutionary Army in 1848)
János Damjanich
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 8, 1804
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sunja, Croatia
Died: October 6
 40 
Elias Parish Alvars
(Composer)
Elias Parish Alvars
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 28, 1808
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Devon, England
Died: January 25
 41 
Joao Maria Ferreira do Amaral
(Politician, Military personnel)
Joao Maria Ferreira do Amaral
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 4, 1803
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: August 22

Joao Maria Ferreira do Amaral was a Portuguese politician and military officer. He was assassinated in 1849 by several Chinese men while he was serving as the Governor of Macau. His assassination triggered the Battle of Passaleão between China and Portugal.

 42 
William Miller
(American Baptist Minister)
William Miller
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 15, 1782
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 20

Baptist preacher William Miller launched the movement Millerism, which propagated the idea of the advent of Christ. Millerism paved the way for groups such as the Seventh-day Adventists. He and his followers believed the Second Coming was to happen on October 22, 1844, but it never did.

 43 
Benjamin D'Urban
(General)
Benjamin D'Urban
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 16, 1777
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Halesworth, England
Died: May 25
 44 
William Etty
(English Artist Best Known for His History Paintings Containing Nude Figures)
William Etty
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Birthdate: March 10, 1787
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: York, England
Died: November 13
 45 
Friedrich Kalkbrenner
(First Pianist to Introduce Long and Rapid Octave Passages in Both Hands)
Friedrich Kalkbrenner
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 2, 1785
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: near Kassel, Germany
Died: June 10

Friedrich Kalkbrenner was a German pianist, piano teacher, composer, and piano manufacturer. He is credited with composing over 200 piano works, including several piano operas and concertos. He also taught many future pianists like Camille-Marie Stamaty and Marie Pleyel. Friedrich Kalkbrenner was also a successful businessman who became enormously rich through his business deals.

 46 
Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
(Poet, Writer)
Marguerite Gardiner, Countess of Blessington
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Birthdate: September 1, 1789
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clonmel
Died: June 4
 47 
Elijah Johnson
(Colonial agent)
Elijah Johnson
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1789 AD
Birthplace: Liberia
Died: April 3
 48 
Ernő Kiss
(Former Lieutenant-general who is considered one of the 13 Martyrs of Arad)
Ernő Kiss
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 13, 1799
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Timișoara, Romania
Died: October 6
 49 
Vilmos Lázár
(Former honvéd colonel in the Hungarian Army)
Vilmos Lázár
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 24, 1817
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zrenjanin, Serbia
Died: October 6
 50 
Ebenezer Elliott
(English Poet)
Ebenezer Elliott
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 17, 1781
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rotherham, England
Died: December 1