Famous People Who Died In 1850

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1850. This list includes people like William Wordsworth, Zachary Taylor, John C. Calhoun, Robert Peel, Honoré de Balzac and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, prime ministers, physicists and emperors & kings who died in 1850. This list includes people from United States, France, United Kingdom and many more countries.
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William Wordsworth
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 7, 1770
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingdom of Great Britain
Died: April 23

English poet William Wordsworth, along with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, released Lyrical Ballads in 1798, which set the tone for the Romantic Age of English Literature. Wordsworth was known for his poems I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud, The Prelude, and The Solitary Reaper. He also served as the Poet Laureate.

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Zachary Taylor
(12th President of the United States (1849-50))
Zachary Taylor
34
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 24, 1784
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Barboursville, Virginia, United States
Died: July 9
Zachary Taylor was the 12th U.S. president, from March 1849 till his death in July 1850, thus spending just 16 months in office. His heroism in the Mexican–American War had earned him the title of major general. A novice in political affairs, he was the last president who owned slaves.
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John C. Calhoun
(7th Vice President of the U.S.A)
John C. Calhoun
14
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 18, 1782
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Abbeville
Died: March 31

John C. Calhoun was an American political theorist and statesman. From 1825 to 1832, he served as the seventh vice president of the US. Before becoming the vice president, Calhoun served as secretary of war, a position which he used to modernize and reorganize the United States Department of War. He was played by Arliss Howard in the film Amistad.

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Honoré de Balzac
(French Novelist and Playwright Known for His Magnum Opus 'La Comédie humaine')
Honoré de Balzac
11
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 20, 1799
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tours, France
Died: August 18

Honoré de Balzac was a French playwright and novelist. Since his works gave a detailed, unfiltered representation of society, Honoré de Balzac is generally considered one of the founders of realism and an important figure in European literature. Renowned for creating multi-faceted characters, Balzac influenced several popular writers like Charles John Huffam Dickens, Émile Zola, Henry James, and Gustave Flaubert.

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Edward Baker Lincoln
(Abraham Lincoln’s Son)
Edward Baker Lincoln
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 10, 1846
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States
Died: February 1
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Marie Tussaud
(French Wax Sculpture Artist and Founder of 'Madame Tussauds', the Wax Museum in London)
Marie Tussaud
4
Birthdate: December 1, 1761
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: April 16

Marie Tussaud was a French artist and sculptor best remembered for her wax sculptures. She founded Madame Tussauds, a wax museum, in London in 1835. The museum is a major tourist attraction today. As a young girl, she learned wax modeling from doctor cum wax modeler Philippe Curtius. In the ensuing years, she became a prominent sculptor.

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José de San Martín
(Military Leader, Politician)
José de San Martín
21
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 25, 1778
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Yapeyú
Died: August 17

José de San Martín was an Argentine general who played an important role in the Spanish American wars of independence. San Martín is considered a national hero of Peru and Argentina. The Order of the Liberator General San Martín, the highest honor conferred by the government of Argentina, was created in his honor.

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Robert Peel
(Prime Minister of the United Kingdom (1834 – 1835, 1841 – 1846))
Robert Peel
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 5, 1788
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bury, Lancashire, England
Died: July 2

Statesman Robert Peel had been the prime minister of the U.K twice. He was also a two-time home secretary. He established the Metropolitan Police Service and also introduced the Tamworth Manifesto, thus co-founding the modern Conservative Party. He died of injuries after a horse he was riding fell on him.

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Louis Philippe I
(The Last King and Penultimate Monarch of France)
Louis Philippe I
5
Birthdate: October 6, 1773
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Domaine National du Palais-Royal, Paris, France
Died: August 26

Louis-Philippe I of France reigned as the King of the French from 9 August 1830 to 24 February 1848. Although his rule was much loved at the beginning, his popularity suffered when the economic conditions in France declined in 1847. Subsequently, Louis Philippe I was forced to abdicate the throne when the French Revolution broke out in 1848.   

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Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac
(French Chemist and Physicist Who Discovered That Water is Made of Two Parts Hydrogen and One Part Oxygen)
Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 6, 1778
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Saint-Léonard-de-Noblat, France
Died: May 9

Known for his pathbreaking Gay-Lussac's Law, French chemist-physicist Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac was also the first, along with his colleague Alexander von Humboldt, to discover that water is composed of one part of oxygen and two parts of hydrogen. His name is one of the 72 that adorn the Eiffel Tower.

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Richard Mentor Johnson
(Vice President of the United States (1837-41))
Richard Mentor Johnson
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 17, 1780
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: November 19
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Adoniram Judson
(Missionary)
Adoniram Judson
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 9, 1788
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Malden
Died: April 12

Baptist missionary Adoniram Judson is remembered for his long stint in Burma, where he established a church, founded schools, and baptised many people. He also translated the Bible into Burmese and worked on a Burmese-English dictionary. He was also one of the first from America to travel abroad for missionary activities.

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Frédéric Bastiat
(Member of the National Assembly of France (1848 - 1850))
Frédéric Bastiat
2
Birthdate: June 30, 1801
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bayonne, France
Died: December 24

An ardent follower of Adam Smith’s ideas, French economist Frederic Bastiat propagated the concept of free trade. Apart from launching his journal Le Libre-Échange, he also penned the iconic satire Sophismes économiques and his most notable work The Law. He also introduced what later came to be known as opportunity cost.

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Lin Zexu
(Official)
Lin Zexu
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 30, 1785
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fuzhou, China
Died: November 22
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Robert Stevenson
(Scottish Civil Engineer, and Designer and Builder of Lighthouses)
Robert Stevenson
0
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: June 8, 1772
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Glasgow, Scotland
Died: July 12

Glasgow-born civil engineer Robert Stevenson initially built lighthouses as part of the Scottish Lighthouse Board. Apart from constructing the Bell Rock Lighthouse in Scotland, he also invented the hydrophore and flashing lights. He was also the grandfather of writer Robert Louis Stevenson. He is part of the Scottish Engineering Hall of Fame.

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Józef Bem
(Engineer)
Józef Bem
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 14, 1794
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tarnów, Poland
Died: December 10
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William Sturgeon
(Physicist, Inventor)
William Sturgeon
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 22, 1783
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Whittington
Died: December 4

William Sturgeon was an English physicist and inventor. He invented the first practical English electric motor and made the first electromagnets. A self-taught genius, he became a lecturer at the East India Company's Military Seminary at Addiscombe, Surrey. Along with John Peter Gassiot and Charles Vincent Walker, he was instrumental in founding the London Electrical Society in 1837. 

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Bashir Shihab II
(Ruler)
Bashir Shihab II
0
Birthdate: January 2, 1767
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gazir, Iran
Died: 1850 AD
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Louise of Orléans
(Queen consort of the Belgians)
Louise of Orléans
1
Birthdate: April 3, 1812
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Palermo
Died: October 11
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Johann Heinrich von Thünen
(German Economist Known for His Theory of The Isolated State)
Johann Heinrich von Thünen
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Birthdate: June 24, 1783
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wangerland, Germany
Died: September 22

Johann Heinrich von Thünen was a German economist best remembered for his two-volume treatise The Isolated State. An influential and important 19th-century economist, Thünen is also credited with popularizing Location theory, which has become an important part of regional science, economic geography, and spatial economics.

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José Gervasio Artigas
(Uruguayan Military General)
José Gervasio Artigas
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 19, 1764
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Montevideo, Uruguay
Died: September 23

José Gervasio Artigas was a Uruguayan military general, political leader, and statesman. Considered a national hero in Uruguay, Artigas played a major role in the Latin American wars of independence against the Hispanic Monarchy. Apart from monuments and statues that have been erected in his honor, several public places have also been named after José Gervasio Artigas.

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William Kirby
(Founder of Entomology)
William Kirby
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 19, 1759
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Witnesham, Suffolk, England
Died: July 4
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William Joseph Chaminade
(Catholic priest)
William Joseph Chaminade
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 8, 1761
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingdom of France
Died: January 22
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Hone Heke
(New Zealander Warrior and a Leader)
Hone Heke
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1807 AD
Birthplace: Pakaraka, New Zealand
Died: August 7
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Adam Oehlenschläger
(Poet)
Adam Oehlenschläger
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 14, 1779
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: January 20
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William Prout
(Chemist)
William Prout
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: January 15, 1785
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Horton, England
Died: April 9
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Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey
(Judge)
Francis Jeffrey, Lord Jeffrey
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 23, 1773
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: January 26
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Andrei Sychra
(Musician)
Andrei Sychra
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: 1773 AD
Birthplace: Vilnius, Lithuania
Died: December 3
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Jacob Jones
(Naval officer)
Jacob Jones
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1768
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Smyrna, Delaware, United States
Died: August 3
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Daoguang Emperor
(Former Emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1820 - 1850))
Daoguang Emperor
1
Birthdate: September 16, 1782
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Died: February 26

Daoguang Emperor reigned as the emperor of the Qing dynasty from 1820 to 1850. His reign not only witnessed the First Opium War but also the commencement of the Taiping Rebellion. Over the years, he has been portrayed by several actors in TV series, such as The Rise and Fall of Qing Dynasty, Sigh of His Highness, and Succession War.    

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William Allan
(Painter)
William Allan
0
Birthdate: 1782 AD
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: February 23
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William Reid Clanny
(Physician)
William Reid Clanny
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: 1776 AD
Birthplace: Bangor, Northern Ireland
Died: January 10
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Oliver Cowdery
Oliver Cowdery
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 3, 1806
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wells
Died: March 3

Oliver Cowdery was an American religious leader who played an important role during the developmental duration of the Latter Day Saint movement in the 1830s. The first baptized Latter Day Saint, Cowdery was also the Second Elder of the church and one of the first apostles of the Latter Day Saint movement.

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Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge
(Marshal)
Prince Adolphus, Duke of Cambridge
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 24, 1774
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Buckingham Palace, London, England
Died: July 8
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Yisrael Friedman of Ruzhin
(Rabbis)
Yisrael Friedman of Ruzhin
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 5, 1796
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pohrebyshche, Ukraine
Died: October 9
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Pedro Afonso, Prince Imperial of Brazil
(Second son and youngest child of Emperor Dom Pedro II and Dona Teresa Cristina of the Two Sicilies)
Pedro Afonso, Prince Imperial of Brazil
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 19, 1848
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Palácio Imperial de São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: January 10
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Margaret Fuller
(American Journalist, Critic, Editor, and Women's Rights Advocate)
Margaret Fuller
58
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 23, 1810
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 19

Margaret Fuller was an American journalist, critic, editor, women's rights advocate, and translator. She is best remembered for her association with the transcendentalism movement. Her 1843 book Woman in the Nineteenth Century is widely regarded as the first major feminist book in the USA. An advocate of women's rights, Margaret Fuller was the first female war correspondent in the USA.

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Jean-Pierre Boyer
(President of Haiti from 1818 to 1843)
Jean-Pierre Boyer
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 15, 1776
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Port-au-Prince, Haiti
Died: July 9

Jean-Pierre Boyer was a Haitian political leader best remembered for his service as the President of Haiti from 30 March 1818 to 13 February 1843. He is credited with reuniting the north and south of Haiti to form the Republic of Haiti. Jean-Pierre Boyer also annexed Spanish Haiti to bring all of Hispaniola under a single Haitian government by 1822.

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Ntare IV of Burundi
(King of Burundi)
Ntare IV of Burundi
0
Birthplace: Mugera
Died: 1850 AD
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Gottfried Schadow
(Sculptor)
Gottfried Schadow
0
Birthdate: May 20, 1764
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: January 27
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Charles Knowlton
(Physician)
Charles Knowlton
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 10, 1800
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Templeton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 20
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Nikolaus Lenau
(Austrian Poet)
Nikolaus Lenau
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 13, 1802
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lenauheim, Romania
Died: August 22

Nikolaus Lenau’s works depicted the pessimism and gloom that surrounded him throughout his life. He had started but not completed studies in medicine, law, and philosophy. He is remembered for his signature melancholy lyrical verse found in works such as Gedichte. His final years were plagued by mental illnesses.

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Pedro de Sousa Holstein, duque de Palmela
(Portuguese statesman)
Pedro de Sousa Holstein, duque de Palmela
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 8, 1781
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: October 12
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William Lisle Bowles
(Poet)
William Lisle Bowles
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 24, 1762
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kings Sutton, England
Died: April 7
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Germain Henri Hess
(Swiss-Russian Chemist Who Formulated Hess’s Law)
Germain Henri Hess
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 7, 1802
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: December 30

Initially a physician, Germain Henri Hess later focused on chemistry and eventually came up with the Hess's law of thermochemistry. The Swiss-born scientist had grown up and conducted his research in Russia, where his artist father worked. His book Fundamentals of Pure Chemistry was a staple text in Russia for years.

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Wilhelm Beer
(German Banker and Astronomer Who Constructed the Most Complete Map of the Moon of His Time ‘Mappa Selenographica')
Wilhelm Beer
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 4, 1797
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: March 27

Apart from being an astronomer, Wilhelm Beer was also a banker and the brother of legendary composer Giacomo Meyerbeer. His Mappa Selenographica, was the first lunar map that was classified into quadrants. Along with Johann Heinrich Mädler, he also created the first globe for Mars.

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Giuseppe Giusti
(Poet)
Giuseppe Giusti
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Monsummano Terme, Italy
Died: March 31
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Satō Nobuhiro
(Japanese Political Scientist Who is Considered the Founder of the 'Greater East Asia' Concept)
Satō Nobuhiro
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 18, 1769
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nishimonai, Japan
Died: February 17

Satō Nobuhiro was a Japanese political scientist who is credited with founding the Greater East Asia concept. An early supporter of Japanese Westernization, Satō Nobuhiro made attempts to synthesize Western science with Japanese philosophical and political thought.

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Nicolas François, Count Mollien
(Financier)
Nicolas François, Count Mollien
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 28, 1758
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rouen, France
Died: April 20
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Benedict Joseph Flaget
(Bishop)
Benedict Joseph Flaget
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 7, 1763
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Contournat, France
Died: February 11