Famous People Who Died In 1890

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1890. This list includes people like Vincent van Gogh, Sitting Bull, Richard Francis Burton, Christopher Latham Sholes, Jyotiba Phule and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, journalists, diplomats and poets who died in 1890. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Italy and many more countries.
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Vincent van Gogh
(One of the Most Famous and Influential Artists of All Time)
Vincent van Gogh
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Birthdate: March 30, 1853
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zundert, Netherlands
Died: July 29

Vincent van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter and is said to be one of the most famous and influential figures in the history of Western art. However, he was not commercially successful in his lifetime and died by suicide at 37 after years of mental health issues and poverty. He gained recognition and respect in the 20th century.

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Sitting Bull
(Warrior)
Sitting Bull
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1831 AD
Birthplace: Grand River
Died: December 15
Hunkpapa Lakota leader Sitting Bull is symbolic of the Native American resistance against the U.S. government. After the Battle of the Little Bighorn, he surrendered and performed at Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. The U.S. government, fearing he might join the Ghost Dance Movement, killed him during an attempted arrest.
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Jyotiba Phule
(Social Reformer)
Jyotiba Phule
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 11, 1827
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Satara, Maharashtra, India
Died: November 28

Jyotiba Phule was an Indian thinker, social activist, writer, and anti-caste social reformer. During his lifetime, he worked towards eradicating the caste system and untouchability in India. He was also a pioneer of women education in India and began his first school for girls in Pune in 1848. B. R. Ambedkar had often cited Jyotiba Phule as an inspiration.

 4 
John Henry Newman
(Theologian and Philosopher)
John Henry Newman
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 21, 1801
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland United Kingdom
Died: August 11

An important figure in the English religious history, John Henry Newman was a nineteenth century theologian, scholar and poet. Famed for leading the Oxford movement in the Church of England, he later switched to the Roman Catholic Church, eventually becoming the Cardinal Deacon of St. George in Velabro.  Also an influential educator and writer, he was canonized in October 2019.

 5 
Christopher Latham Sholes
(Inventor of the QWERTY Keyboard)
Christopher Latham Sholes
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Birthdate: February 14, 1819
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mooresburg, Montour County, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: February 17
 6 
Richard Francis Burton
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Birthdate: March 19, 1821
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Torquay
Died: October 20

Richard Francis Burton was a British explorer, soldier, and scholar. He is best remembered for his explorations in Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Along with John Hanning Speke, Burton was the first European to witness the Great Lakes of Africa. A prolific writer, Burton wrote several scholarly articles about numerous subjects like sexual practices, falconry, human behavior, travel, and ethnography.

 7 
Heinrich Schliemann
(German Archaeologist and Excavator of Troy, Mycenae, and Tiryns)
Heinrich Schliemann
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Birthdate: January 6, 1822
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Neubukow, Germany
Died: December 26

German businessman Heinrich Schliemann didn’t let his poverty or lack of education hinder his growth and learned several languages moving from place to place for trade. A pioneer in the field of archaeology, he is now remembered as the man who discovered Troy in his bid to unearth “Priam's Treasure."

 8 
Carlo Collodi
(Italian Author and Journalist Known for His Fairy Tale Novel 'The Adventures of Pinocchio')
Carlo Collodi
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 24, 1826
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: October 26

Carlo Collodi was an Italian journalist, author, and humorist. He is best remembered for his popular children's novel The Adventures of Pinocchio. The novel and its title character Pinocchio achieved international recognition when Disney adapted it into an animated musical fantasy film titled Pinocchio; the film went on to become one of the greatest films ever produced by Disney.

 9 
William III of the Netherlands
(Former King of the Netherlands (1849 - 1890))
William III of the Netherlands
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Birthdate: February 19, 1817
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: November 23

William III of the Netherlands was the king of the Netherlands for four decades from 1849 to 1890. The son of King William II and Anna Pavlovna of Russia, he ascended to the throne after the death of his father. The king’s behavior was often erratic, and it is speculated he suffered from a mental disorder.

 10 
Joseph Merrick
(Elephant Man)
Joseph Merrick
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 5, 1862
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leicester
Died: April 11
Joseph Merrick was an English man with several physical deformities, including a lump on his forehead, caused by Proteus syndrome and neurofibromatosis type I. He initially went around England, as a freak-show exhibit, nicknamed “The Elephant Man” and eventually joined a circus. Filmmaker David Lynch made a movie on him.
 11 
John C. Frémont
(5th Governor of Arizona Territory (1878 - 1881))
John C. Frémont
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 21, 1813
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States
Died: July 13

John C. Frémont is best remembered for his role in the expansion of US settlements in the West and also for the development of what is now known as California. A military officer, he became one of the first senators from California and had also been the 5th governor of Arizona.

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César Franck
(Composer and Pianist Famous for His Works 'Symphonic Variations' and 'Symphony in D Minor')
César Franck
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 10, 1822
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Liège, Belgium
Died: November 8

Cesar Franck was a Belgian-born French Romantic composer, organist, pianist, and music teacher. Franck, who worked in Paris, is credited with popularizing new instruments made by Aristide Cavaillé-Coll all over France. From 1858 until his death in 1890, Franck also served as an organist at the Basilica of Saint Clotilde in Paris. Franck also taught future composers like Vincent d'Indy.

 13 
Louis Le Prince
(French Inventor Who Was the First Person to Shoot a Moving Picture Sequence Using a Single Lens Camera)
Louis Le Prince
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Birthdate: August 28, 1841
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Metz, France
Died: September 16

Louis Le Prince was a French inventor and artist. He is credited with inventing an early motion-picture camera and is often referred to as the Father of Cinematography. However, Louis Le Prince's work failed to influence the commercial development of motion picture because of the secrecy surrounding his invention.

 14 
Amadeo I of Spain
(King)
Amadeo I of Spain
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Birthdate: May 30, 1845
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Royal Palace of Turin, Turin, Italy
Died: January 18
 15 
Junius Spencer Morgan
(American Financier, Banker, and Founder of 'J. S. Morgan & Co')
Junius Spencer Morgan
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 14, 1813
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 8

Junius Spencer Morgan was an American financier and banker. The patriarch to the famous Morgan banking house, Morgan is credited with establishing J. S. Morgan & Co. in 1864. He then transformed his banking house into a financial empire with the help of his son, John Pierpont Morgan Sr. 

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Juan Seguín
(Former Mayor of San Antonio (1834 - 1835, 1841 - 1842))
Juan Seguín
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 27, 1806
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Texas, United States
Died: August 27

Tejano revolutionary Juan Seguín was a significant part of the revolution for the independence of Texas. The son of one of the drafters of the Mexican constitution, he grew up to become the mayor of San Antonio and also led the Republic of Texas as an elected senator.

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John Jacob Astor III
(Financier, Philanthropist)
John Jacob Astor III
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 10, 1822
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: February 22
 18 
Carl Bloch
(Painter)
Carl Bloch
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Birthdate: May 23, 1834
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: February 22

Carl Bloch was a Danish artist. His parents wanted him to become a naval officer, but he went against their wishes to pursue painting. He studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Art (Det Kongelige Danske Kunstakademi) under Wilhelm Marstrand and went on to become a well-known painter. He made 23 paintings for the King's Chapel at Frederiksborg Palace. 

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Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
(Queen)
Augusta of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach
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Birthdate: September 30, 1811
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Weimar, Germany
Died: January 7
 20 
Lalon
(Prominent Bengali Philosopher Regarded as an Icon of  Bengali Culture)
Lalon
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 17, 1774
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jhenaidah District, Bangladesh
Died: October 17

Lalon, also known as Lalon Fakir, or Lalon Shah, was an iconic Baul saint, considered a symbol of Bengali culture. Since his poems and songs belonged to the oral tradition, they weren’t published during his lifetime. Eventually, Rabindranath Tagore published about 200 songs from one of Lalon’s manuscripts.

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Alexander Parkes
(Engineer who created the world's first plastic, which he called Parkesine)
Alexander Parkes
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Birthdate: December 29, 1813
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 29
 22 
Migettuwatte Gunananda Thera
(Monk)
Migettuwatte Gunananda Thera
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 9, 1823
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Balapitiya, Sri Lanka
Died: September 21
 23 
Princess Zorka of Montenegro
(Aristocrat)
Princess Zorka of Montenegro
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cetinje, Principality of Montenegro Montenegro
Died: March 16
 24 
Vasile Alecsandri
(Poet)
Vasile Alecsandri
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 21, 1821
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bacău, Principality of Moldavia
Died: August 22
 25 
Edwin Chadwick
(British Social Reformer Who is Noted for His Leadership in Reforming the Poor Laws in England)
Edwin Chadwick
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 24, 1800
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Longsight, Manchester, England
Died: July 6

Lawyer and social reformer Edwin Chadwick played a significant role in the passage of the 1848 Public Health Act. He also reformed the Poor Laws, bringing about major developments in urban sanitization. He was eventually knighted for his achievements. His writings include an iconic report on the “Labouring Population of Great Britain.”

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Niels Gade
(Danish Violinist, Composer, Conductor, Organist, and Teacher)
Niels Gade
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 22, 1817
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: December 21
 27 
Catherine Booth
(Co-Founder of the Salvation Army and Wife of Methodist Preacher William Booth)
Catherine Booth
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 17, 1829
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ashbourne, England
Died: October 4

Owing to a spinal ailment, Catherine Booth remained mostly at home as a child. She later founded The Salvation Army, with her Methodist preacher husband William Booth, thus helping the poor and the needy. She refused to believe women couldn’t preach the gospels and wrote the pamphlet Female Ministry.

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Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
(Critic)
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr
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Birthdate: November 24, 1808
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 29
 29 
Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo
(Politician, Military personnel)
Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 4, 1807
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Monterey, California, United States
Died: January 18
 30 
Ignaz von Döllinger
(Theologian)
Ignaz von Döllinger
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Birthdate: February 28, 1799
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bamberg, Germany
Died: January 10
 31 
August Belmont
(German-American Financier, Diplomat and Politician)
August Belmont
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 8, 1813
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Alzey, Germany
Died: November 24
 32 
James Croll
(Geographer, Geologist)
James Croll
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Birthdate: January 2, 1821
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Little Whitefield, Perthshire, Scotland
Died: December 15
 33 
Prudence Crandall
(Connecticut's official State Heroine)
Prudence Crandall
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: September 3, 1803
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rhode Island
Died: January 28
 34 
Syarif Masahor
(Rebel)
Syarif Masahor
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1810 AD
Birthplace: Bruneian Empire
Died: 1890 AD
 35 
Duchess Helene in Bavaria
(Duchess)
Duchess Helene in Bavaria
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 4, 1834
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: May 16
 36 
Samuel J. Randall
(Politician)
Samuel J. Randall
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 10, 1828
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 13
 37 
Camilo Castelo Branco
(One of the Best Portuguese Romantic Novelists of the 19th Century)
Camilo Castelo Branco
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 16, 1825
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mártires, Lisbon, Portugal
Died: June 1

Camilo Castelo Branco was a Portuguese writer who wrote more than 260 books, which include novels, plays, and essays, during an illustrious writing career that spanned more than three decades. Best remembered for his peculiar wit, Camilo Castelo Branco was made a viscount for his contributions to literature in 1885. Some of his works have been adapted into films.

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Charles Henry de Soysa
(Philanthropist)
Charles Henry de Soysa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 3, 1836
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Died: September 29
 39 
Johanne Luise Heiberg
(Actress)
Johanne Luise Heiberg
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Birthdate: November 22, 1812
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: December 21
 40 
James Nasmyth
(Astronomer, Engineer)
James Nasmyth
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: August 19, 1808
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Edinburgh
Died: May 7
 41 
Gottfried Keller
(Swiss Poet and Writer Best Known for His Novel 'Green Henry')
Gottfried Keller
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 19, 1819
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: July 15

Swiss author and poet Gottfried Keller remains one of the most significant contributors to German literature. After devoting his initial years to landscape painting, he focused on poetry and eventually became a pioneer of poetic realism. He also penned novels such as Green Henry and several short story collections.

 42 
Maharero
(Revolutionary)
Maharero
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1820 AD
Birthplace: Okahandja
Died: October 7
 43 
Khalifah bin Said of Zanzibar
(Sultan)
Khalifah bin Said of Zanzibar
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1852 AD
Birthplace: Unguja, Tanzania
Died: February 13
 44 
Marie-Charles David de Mayrena
(Adventurer)
Marie-Charles David de Mayrena
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 31, 1842
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toulon, France
Died: November 11
 45 
C. H. D. Buys Ballot
(Chemist)
C. H. D. Buys Ballot
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 10, 1817
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kloetinge, Netherlands
Died: February 3
 46 
Alexander Mozhaysky
(Naval officer)
Alexander Mozhaysky
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Birthdate: March 21, 1825
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kotka, Finland
Died: March 1
 47 
Afrikan Spir
(Philosopher whose notable ideas as The principle of identity as the theoretical foundation of religion)
Afrikan Spir
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Birthdate: November 15, 1837
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kropyvnytskyi, Ukraine
Died: March 26
 48 
John Frederick Parker
(Police officer)
John Frederick Parker
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 19, 1830
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Winchester, Virginia, United States
Died: June 28
 49 
Ulrich Ochsenbein
(Swiss Political Leader)
Ulrich Ochsenbein
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 24, 1811
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Switzerland
Died: November 3
 50 
George Crook
(Military Officer)
George Crook
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 8, 1828
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Taylorsville, Ohio, United States
Died: March 21