Famous People Who Died In 1851

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1851. This list includes people like Mary Shelley, J. M. W. Turner, James Fenimore Cooper, John James Audubon, Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include composers, artists, mathematicians and military leaders who died in 1851. This list includes people from France, Germany, United States & United Kingdom and many more countries.
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Mary Shelley
(British Author Best Known for Her Gothic Novel ‘Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus’)
Mary Shelley
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 30, 1797
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Somers Town, London, England
Died: February 1
An author who was admired for her exploration of the Gothic genre, Mary Shelley is best remembered for her novel Frankenstein. She also edited the works of her husband, Romantic poet P.B. Shelley. She lost her husband to a drowning accident and eventually passed away due to brain tumor.
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J. M. W. Turner
(Romantic painter)
J. M. W. Turner
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Birthdate: April 23, 1775
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 19

J. M. W. Turner was an English printmaker, painter, and watercolorist best remembered for his imaginative landscapes and expressive colorizations. Intensely reclusive and eccentric throughout his life, Turner lived in poor health and squalor for the last few years of his life. He was portrayed by actor Timothy Spall in the 2014 biographical film, Mr. Turner.

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John James Audubon
(US Artist and Ornithologist Known for His Drawings of North American Birds)
John James Audubon
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Birthdate: April 26, 1785
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Les Cayes
Died: January 27

American artist and ornithologist John James Audubon is remembered mostly for his illustrations of North American birds. Born as an illegitimate child in France, he later moved to the US and then to Canada, for business, but ended up documenting birds. His best-known work is the pioneering ornithological work The Birds of America.

James Fenimore Cooper
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 15, 1789
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Burlington, New Jersey
Died: September 14
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Louis Daguerre
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Birthdate: November 18, 1787
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cormeilles-en-Parisis, France
Died: July 10
Remembered for his invention of the daguerreotype, or the first process of photography, which could develop pictures in just 20 to 30 minutes, Louis Daguerre had humble beginnings as revenue officer and then an opera scene painter. He was also instrumental in setting up the first diorama theater.
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Hans Christian Ørsted
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 14, 1777
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rudkøbing
Died: March 9

Hans Christian Ørsted was a Danish chemist and physicist. He was the first person to discover that electric currents can be used to create magnetic fields. His discovery was the first relationship found between magnetism and electricity. Oersted, the unit of the auxiliary magnetic field H, is named in his honor.

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Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi
(German Mathematician Who Founded the Theory of Elliptic Functions)
Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 10, 1804
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
Died: February 18

Carl Gustav Jacob Jacobi was a German mathematician best remembered for his contributions to differential equations, dynamics, number theory, determinants, and elliptic functions. He is the first Jewish mathematician to work as a professor at a German university. Jacobi has a crater on the Moon named after him in recognition of his contribution to science.

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Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover
(King of Hanover)
Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover
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Birthdate: June 5, 1771
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 18
 9 
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
(Educator)
Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 10, 1787
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Died: September 10
 10 
Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
(General)
Prince Ferdinand of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 28, 1785
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Coburg, Germany
Died: August 27
 11 
Dean Mahomed
(Traveller, surgeon, entrepreneur, and one of the most notable early non-European immigrants to the Western World)
Dean Mahomed
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1759
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Patna, Bihar, India
Died: February 24
 12 
Rama III
(King of Siam)
Rama III
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Birthdate: March 31, 1788
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand
Died: April 2
 13 
Karl Drais
(German Forest Official and Significant Inventor)
Karl Drais
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Birthdate: April 29, 1785
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Karlsruhe, Germany
Died: December 10
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Marie-Louise Coidavid
(Queen regnant)
Marie-Louise Coidavid
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 8, 1778
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bredou, Ouanaminthe, Saint-Domingue
Died: March 14
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Joel Roberts Poinsett
(15th US Secretary of War (1837 – 1841))
Joel Roberts Poinsett
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 2, 1779
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina, United States
Died: December 12

Joel Roberts Poinsett was an American diplomat, physician, and slave owner. He served as the United States Minister to Mexico from 1 June 1825 to 17 October 1829. He also served as the 15th US Secretary of War from 7 March 1837 to 4 March 1841. 

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Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh
(Military personnel)
Seh-Dong-Hong-Beh
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1835 AD
Birthplace: Dahomey, Benin
Died: 1851 AD
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Therese Malfatti
(Musician best known as one of the possible dedicatees of Beethoven's famous bagatelle, Für Elise, WoO 59)
Therese Malfatti
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 1, 1792
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 27
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Petar II Petrović-Njegoš
(Prince-Bishop of Montenegro)
Petar II Petrović-Njegoš
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 13, 1813
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Njeguši, Montenegro
Died: October 31
 19 
Gaspare Spontini
(Italian Opera Composer And Conductor)
Gaspare Spontini
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 14, 1774
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maiolati Spontini, Italy
Died: January 24
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Albert Lortzing
(Composer)
Albert Lortzing
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 23, 1801
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: January 21
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Archibald Alexander
(American Presbyterian Theologian and Professor)
Archibald Alexander
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Birthdate: April 17, 1772
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rockbridge County, Virginia, United States
Died: October 22
 22 
Marie-Thérèse, Duchess of Angoulême
(Eldest Child of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette)
Marie-Thérèse, Duchess of Angoulême
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 19, 1778
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Versailles, France
Died: October 19

Marie Thérèse of France was the daughter of Queen Marie Antoinette of France and King Louis XVI. She was married to Louis XIX of France and was technically the Queen consort of France for 20 minutes on 2 August 1830 when Charles X and Louis XIX of France signed the instrument of abdication. Marie-Thérèse has been depicted in many films.

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Karl Lachmann
(Philologist)
Karl Lachmann
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Birthdate: March 4, 1793
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Braunschweig, Germany
Died: March 13
 24 
John Philip
(Missionary)
John Philip
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 14, 1775
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kirkcaldy, Scotland
Died: August 27
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Thomas Davenport
(American inventor)
Thomas Davenport
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Birthdate: July 9, 1802
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Williamstown, Vermont, United States
Died: July 6
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Henry Miller Shreve
(Inventor)
Henry Miller Shreve
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: October 21, 1785
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
Died: March 6
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Lorenz Oken
(One of the Most Prominent German Natural Philosophers of the 19th Century)
Lorenz Oken
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Birthdate: August 1, 1779
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bohlsbach, Germany
Died: August 11

German naturalist and botanist Lorenz Oken is remembered as one of the most significant German natural philosophers of the 19th century and a leader of the Naturphilosophie movement. His studies on Wolfgang von Goethe’s theory on the vertebrate skull helped prepare ground for Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

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Henry Luttrell
(Politician)
Henry Luttrell
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1765 AD
Birthplace: England
Died: December 19
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Sebetwane
(King)
Sebetwane
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Birthdate: 1790 AD
Birthplace: Africa
Died: July 7
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Sylvester Graham
(American Presbyterian Minister and Dietary Reformer)
Sylvester Graham
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 5, 1794
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Suffield, Connecticut, United States
Died: September 11
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John Brown Russwurm
(Journalist, Publisher)
John Brown Russwurm
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Birthdate: October 1, 1799
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Port Antonio, Jamaica
Died: June 17
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Mizuno Tadakuni
(Goverment official)
Mizuno Tadakuni
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 19, 1794
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Japan
Died: March 12
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George Thomson
(Musician)
George Thomson
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Birthdate: March 4, 1757
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fife, Scotland
Died: February 18
 34 
Joanna Baillie
(Scottish Poet and Dramatist Best Known by Her Plays on the Passions)
Joanna Baillie
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 11, 1762
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamilton, Scotland
Died: February 23

Joanna Baillie was a Scottish dramatist and poet who recieved critical acclaim for her works, such as Fugitive Verses and Plays on the Passions. One of her most popular works DeMonfort helped inspire Byron's drama, Manford. Baillie was also known for her philanthropic efforts; she donated half her earnings to charity and took an active part in several philanthropic activities.

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Manuel de Godoy
(Political Leader)
Manuel de Godoy
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 12, 1767
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Castuera, Spain
Died: October 4
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Jean-de-Dieu Soult
(Military leader)
Jean-de-Dieu Soult
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 29, 1769
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint-Amans-la-Bastide, France
Died: November 26
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Stanko Vraz
(Slovenian-Croatian Writer Best Remembered as the First Croatian to Make a Living as a Professional Writer)
Stanko Vraz
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Birthdate: June 30, 1810
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Slovenia
Died: May 20

Stanko Vraz was a Slovenian-Croatian poet, writer, translator, and collector of folk poems. He is best remembered as the first Croatian to make a living as a professional writer. Stanko Vraz is credited with co-founding one of Croatia's first literary magazines, Kolo. He is also remembered for translating the works of Adam Mickiewicz and Lord Byron among other foreign literature.

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Princess Augusta of Bavaria
(Princess)
Princess Augusta of Bavaria
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 21, 1788
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: May 13
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Levi Woodbury
(Associate Justice of the Supreme Court)
Levi Woodbury
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 22, 1789
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Francestown, New Hampshire, United States
Died: September 4
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Prince Wilhelm of Prussia
(Prince)
Prince Wilhelm of Prussia
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 3, 1783
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: September 28
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Esteban Echeverría
(Argentina Author Who Played a Significant Role in the Development of Argentine Literature)
Esteban Echeverría
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 2, 1805
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: January 19

Poet, author, and activist Esteban Echeverría is known as one of the most prominent figures of Romanticism in Latin American literature. He was also part of the group that launched the May Organization and joined the campaign to end the dictatorship of Juan Manuel de Rosas.

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Francisco Montes Reina
(Spanish Bullfighter)
Francisco Montes Reina
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 13, 1805
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Spain
Died: April 4
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Anna Warner Bailey
(Patriot)
Anna Warner Bailey
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 11, 1758
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Groton, Connecticut, United States
Died: January 10