Famous People Who Died In 1877

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1877. This list includes people like Cornelius Vanderbilt, Crazy Horse, Nathan Bedford Forrest, Brigham Young, Caroline Chisholm and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include poets, military leaders, political leaders and inventors who died in 1877. This list includes people from United Kingdom, United States, France and many more countries.
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Cornelius Vanderbilt
(Business Tycoon & Philanthropist)
Cornelius Vanderbilt
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 27, 1794
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Staten Island
Died: January 4

Cornelius Vanderbilt was an American business magnate credited with vastly expanding and improving America's transportation infrastructure. For his contributions to the country's railroad industry, Vanderbilt was made an inductee of the North America Railway Hall of Fame in 1999. He is also remembered for providing an initial $1 million endowment to Vanderbilt University, which was named in his honor.

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Crazy Horse
(Military Leader, Folk Hero)
Crazy Horse
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthplace: Rapid City, South Dakota
Died: September 5

Nineteenth-century Lakota war lord Crazy Horse, of the Oglala subtribe, is remembered as a legendary hero who fought against white encroachment of Native American territories. He was part of the Black Hills War and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. He died fighting at Camp Robinson, in modern-day Nebraska.

 3 
Gustave Courbet
(French Painter and Leader of the 19th Century Realist Movement)
Gustave Courbet
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Birthdate: June 10, 1819
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ornans, France
Died: December 31
Born to a farmer in eastern France, Gustave Courbet was initially gearing up to study law but later deviated to art. He started by copying Spanish painters and later rebelled against Romanticism, focusing on real-life subjects around him instead and thus developing 19th-century Realism.
 4 
Nathan Bedford Forrest
(Confederate General During the American Civil War)
Nathan Bedford Forrest
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 13, 1821
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bedford County, Tennessee, United States
Died: October 29
Nathan Bedford Forrest, or the "Wizard of the Saddle", served as a Confederate general during the American Civil War. He was charged with war crimes at the Battle of Fort Pillow, where his forces killed Black prisoners of war. He was the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.
 5 
Jung Bahadur Rana
(8th Prime Minister of Nepal)
Jung Bahadur Rana
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 18, 1817
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Borlang, Nepal
Died: February 25

Jung Bahadur Rana is credited with founding the famous Rana dynasty in Nepal. One of the most prominent figures in the history of Nepal, Rana took control of the government of Nepal in 1846 and became the country's prime minister. The last few days of his life inspired the 2015 Nepali historical film, Seto Bagh.

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Henry Fox Talbot
(English Scientist, Inventor, and Pioneer Photographer Who Invented the ‘Salted Paper’ and ‘Calotype’ Processes)
Henry Fox Talbot
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Birthdate: February 11, 1800
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Melbury, Dorset, England, United Kingdom
Died: September 17

Henry Fox Talbot was an English photography pioneer, inventor, and scientist. He is best remembered for inventing the calotype and salted paper processes that served as predecessors to photographic processes of the 20th century. He is also credited with inventing the photoglyphic engraving process. Henry Fox Talbot also played a major role in the progression of photography as an art.

 7 
Caroline Chisholm
(Immigrant Welfare Activist)
Caroline Chisholm
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 30, 1808
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wootton, Northampton, England
Died: March 25

Caroline Chisholm was an English humanitarian remembered for her work in British India where she established the Female School of Industry for the Daughters of European Soldiers which aimed at educating girls, who were taught reading, writing, nursing, cooking, and housekeeping. She also became a much-admired woman in Australia where she placed more than 11,000 people in jobs and homes.

 8 
Walter Bagehot
(English Journalist, Businessman, and Essayist)
Walter Bagehot
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 3, 1826
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Died: March 24

Born to Stuckey's Bank MD Walter Bagehot was initially part of his father’s shipping and banking business. He later became the editor-in-chief of The Economist and married the publication’s founder James Wilson’s daughter. He penned path-breaking works such as Lombard Street and The English Constitution and co-established National Review.

 9 
Brigham Young
(Second President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
Brigham Young
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 1, 1801
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Whitingham
Died: August 29
Brigham Young, known as the "American Moses," was the second president of the LDS Church. He founded Salt Lake City, was the first governor of the Utah Territory, and led to the formation of the University of Utah and Brigham Young University. He was a polygamist who had 55 wives.
 10 
Caroline Norton
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 22, 1808
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London
Died: June 15

Being the granddaughter of playwright Richard Brinsley Sheridan, author Caroline Norton had her first experience at writing in her teens. Her beauty and charm, however, made her failed barrister husband jealous. The rift in their marriage caused her to successfully campaign for married women’s right to property and their children’s custody.

 11 
Alexander Bain
(Inventor of Electric Clock)
Alexander Bain
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Birthdate: October 1, 1811
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Watten
Died: January 2
Scottish philosopher Alexander Bain had quit school at 11 to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a weaver. He had initially been a civil servant and had also taught English literature and logic. He later deviated too psychology and launched the first journal on the subject, Mind
 12 
Urbain Le Verrier
(French Astronomer and Mathematician Best Known for Predicting the Existence and Position of 'Neptune' Using Only Mathematics)
Urbain Le Verrier
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 11, 1811
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint-Lô, France
Died: September 23

French astronomer Urbain Le Verrier revolutionized celestial mechanics by ascertaining the existence of Neptune by mathematical means. Apart from winning the Royal Society of London’s Copley Medal, he had also led the Observatory of Paris as its director. His name remains one of the 72 engraved on the Eiffel Tower.

 13 
Sophie of Württemberg
(Queen)
Sophie of Württemberg
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 17, 1818
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ludwigsburg Residential Palace, Ludwigsburg, Germany
Died: June 3
 14 
Johan Ludvig Runeberg
(Considered as the National Poet of Finland)
Johan Ludvig Runeberg
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 5, 1804
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jakobstad, Finland
Died: May 6

Johan Ludvig Runeberg was a Finnish priest and poet. He is credited with writing Vårt land, the unofficial national anthem of Finland, and is regarded as a national poet of the country. As a priest, Runeberg was involved in the modernization of Virsikirja and produced numerous texts for the new edition. Johan Ludvig Runeberg is an aconic figure in Finland. 

 15 
Raphael Semmes
(Confederate naval officer)
Raphael Semmes
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 27, 1809
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Charles County, Maryland
Died: August 30
 16 
Hermann Grassmann
(German Polymath Best Known for His Work as a Mathematician)
Hermann Grassmann
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Birthdate: April 15, 1809
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Szczecin, Poland
Died: September 26

Hermann Grassmann was a German polymath remembered for his work in linear algebra, although he wasn’t acknowledged as a mathematician for most part of his life. His work Die lineale Ausdehnungslehre, ein neuer Zweig der Mathematik was revolutionary in the field of mathematics and was far ahead of its time. During his lifetime, he was only known as a linguist.

 17 
Saigo Takamori
(Samurai, Poet)
Saigo Takamori
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 23, 1828
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kagoshima
Died: September 24

Saigo Takamori was a samurai and he is considered as one of the most influential samurais in Japanese history. He was one of the three great nobles who led the Meiji Restoration. Saigo Takamori lived during the late Edo and early Meiji periods and led the imperial forces at the Battle of Toba–Fushimi. He was dubbed "the true last Samurai" after his death. 

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Princess Marie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
(Princess)
Princess Marie of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 3, 1808
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Weimar, Germany
Died: January 18
 19 
Gustav, Prince of Vasa
(Prince)
Gustav, Prince of Vasa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 9, 1799
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: August 5
 20 
Amalie Auguste of Bavaria
(Queen)
Amalie Auguste of Bavaria
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Birthdate: November 13, 1801
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: November 8
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Juan Manuel de Rosas
(Dictator of Argentina)
Juan Manuel de Rosas
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 30, 1793
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Buenos Aires
Died: March 14
Remembered as the Restorer of the Laws, Argentine governor and dictator Juan Manuel de Rosas was born into a ranch-owning family and was initially a cowboy. Following his ascension to the governorship, his parapolice, Mazorca, killed scores of citizens. He spent his final years, exiled, as a farmer.
 22 
Lela Pandak Lam
(Revolutionary)
Lela Pandak Lam
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthplace: Malaysia
Died: January 20
 23 
Kido Takayoshi
(Politician, Statesman, Diplomat)
Kido Takayoshi
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 11, 1833
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chōshū Domain
Died: May 26
 24 
Heinrich Daniel Ruhmkorff
(Inventor)
Heinrich Daniel Ruhmkorff
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Birthdate: January 15, 1803
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hannover, Germany
Died: December 20
 25 
Charles Henry Davis
(Officer)
Charles Henry Davis
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 16, 1807
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 18
 26 
James Douglas
(British colonial governor on Vancouver Island (now British Columbia))
James Douglas
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 15, 1803
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Demerara
Died: August 2
 27 
James Kay-Shuttleworth
(Educator)
James Kay-Shuttleworth
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 20, 1804
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rochdale, England
Died: May 26
 28 
Placide Cappeau
(Poet)
Placide Cappeau
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 25, 1808
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Roquemaure, France
Died: August 8
 29 
Jules Gouffé
(Chef Noted For L'apôtre de la cuisine décorative)
Jules Gouffé
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Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: 1807 AD
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: February 28
 30 
Bede Polding
(Bishop)
Bede Polding
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 18, 1794
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: March 16
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Charles Wilkes
(Naval Officer)
Charles Wilkes
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 3, 1798
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 8
 32 
Yakub Beg
(Adventurer)
Yakub Beg
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1820 AD
Birthplace: Khanate of Kokand, Uzbekistan
Died: May 30
 33 
Adolphe Thiers
(The Second Elected President of France and First President of the 'French Third Republic')
Adolphe Thiers
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 15, 1797
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bouc-Bel-Air, France
Died: September 3

Adolphe Thiers was a French historian and statesman who served as the French Third Republic's first President. He also served as the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of France in 1840. Apart from playing a major role in the French Revolution of 1830, which ended the Bourbon monarchy, Thiers also played a key role in the French Revolution of 1848.

 34 
Antoine-Augustin Cournot
(Philosopher and Mathematician Known for His Contribution to the Development of Economics)
Antoine-Augustin Cournot
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 28, 1801
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gray, France
Died: March 31

Regarded as the first economist who had applied math to solve economic problems, Antoine-Augustin Cournot had penned the iconic work Researches into the Mathematical Principles of the Theory of Wealth. He was also the first to chart a supply and demand curve on a graph and introduced Cournot competition.

 35 
Mercy Ruggles Bisbe Jackson
(Physician)
Mercy Ruggles Bisbe Jackson
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: September 17, 1802
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hardwick, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 13
 36 
José de Alencar
(Brazilian Lawyer and Writer)
José de Alencar
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 1, 1829
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fortaleza, State of Ceará, Brazil
Died: December 12
 37 
Anthimus VI of Constantinople
(Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople)
Anthimus VI of Constantinople
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1782 AD
Birthplace: Kutali Island, Turkey
Died: December 7
 38 
Oliver P. Morton
(Politician)
Oliver P. Morton
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 4, 1823
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wayne County, Indiana, United States
Died: November 1
 39 
Mary Carpenter
(British Philanthropist, Social Reformer, and Founder of Free Schools for Poor Children, the ‘Ragged Schools')
Mary Carpenter
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 3, 1807
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Exeter, England
Died: June 14

Educated at her Unitarian minister father’s school, Mary Carpenter grew up to form her own free schools for the poor, known as the ragged schools. Her work later took her to India and North America. She also established the National Indian Association to ease communication between Indian and British reformers.

 40 
Nathaniel Palmer
(Hunter)
Nathaniel Palmer
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 8, 1799
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stonington, Connecticut, United States
Died: June 21
 41 
John O'Mahony
(Scholar)
John O'Mahony
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1815 AD
Birthplace: Kilbeheny, Ireland
Died: February 7
 42 
John Lothrop Motley
(Author)
John Lothrop Motley
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Birthdate: April 15, 1814
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 29
 43 
Ludwig Ritter von Köchel
(Austrian Musicologist Best Known for Cataloguing the Works of 'Mozart' and Originating the ‘Kv-Numbers’)
Ludwig Ritter von Köchel
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 14, 1800
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Stein, Lower Austria, Austria
Died: June 3

Austrian musicologist, composer, writer, botanist and publisher Ludwig von Köchel is best-known for creating the Köchel catalogue, a chronological and thematic register of works of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Köchel also arranged works of Mozart into 24 categories and Breitkopf & Härtel used this while publishing the first complete edition of Mozart's works titled Alte Mozart-Ausgabe.

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Alexandre Herculano
(Portuguese Historian, Novelist and Poet Known for Introducing Romanticism to Portugal)
Alexandre Herculano
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 28, 1810
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: September 13

Alexandre Herculano was a Portuguese historian and novelist. He is often credited with introducing Romantic literature to Portugal. An important historian, Alexandre Herculano enjoyed national recognition similar to that of France's Victor Hugo.

 45 
William Lovett
(Activist)
William Lovett
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 8, 1800
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newlyn, England
Died: August 8
 46 
Edward Belcher
(British Naval Officer, Hydrographer, and Explorer)
Edward Belcher
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 27, 1799
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: March 18

Edward Belcher was a British naval officer and explorer. He was the great-grandson of slave trader Jonathan Belcher. As a young man,  he accompanied Frederick William Beechey's expedition to the Pacific and Bering Strait. He later led an Admiralty expedition to try to find and rescue Sir John Franklin, whose ship became icebound off King William Island in 1847.

 47 
Constantine Kanaris
(Statesman)
Constantine Kanaris
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1793 AD
Birthplace: Psara, Greece
Died: September 2

Constantine Kanaris was a Greek admiral and politician. Regarded as a national hero, Kanaris played a significant role in the Greek War of Independence and helped Greece achieve its independence from the Ottoman Empire. An influential politician, Constantine Kanaris also served five terms in the office of the Prime Minister between 1844 and 1877.

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Johan Fjeldsted Dahl
(Former Publisher, Bookseller, co-founder of Oslo Kunstforening)
Johan Fjeldsted Dahl
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Birthdate: January 1, 1807
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: March 16
 49 
Wilhelm Hofmeister
(Biologist)
Wilhelm Hofmeister
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 18, 1824
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: January 12
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Levi Coffin
(Abolitionist)
Levi Coffin
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: October 28, 1798
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guilford County, North Carolina
Died: September 16