Famous People Who Died In 1897

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1897. This list includes people like Thérèse of Lisieux, Johannes Brahms, Effie Gray, Amelia Dyer, Henry George and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, poets, mathematicians and playwrights who died in 1897. This list includes people from United States, England and many more countries.
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Johannes Brahms
(One of the Romantic Period's Most Revered and Popular Composers)
Johannes Brahms
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 7, 1833
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: April 3
German composer, conductor, and pianist Johannes Brahms is considered as one of the "Three Bs" of music, the other two being Bach and Beethoven. He was known for his perfectionism. Some of his best-known works are Saint Anthony Variations and A German Requiem. His work mingled traditional and modern elements.
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Andres Bonifacio
(Filipino Revolutionary)
Andres Bonifacio
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 30, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tondo
Died: May 10
Andrés Bonifacio, or the “Father of the Philippine Revolution,” established the Katipunan, the Philippine independence movement against the Spanish colonial reign. He also worked with La Liga Filipina. He is considered the first president of the Philippines though he was never officially the president. He was eventually executed for treason. 
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Thérèse of Lisieux
(Roman Catholic Nun Known as the ‘Little Flower of Jesus’)
Thérèse of Lisieux
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 2, 1873
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Alençon, France
Died: September 30
French nun Thérèse of Lisieux, known as "The Little Flower of Jesus,” became one of the most well-known Catholic saints ever. She became the youngest Doctor of the Church and the third woman to receive the honor. A devoted Carmelite, she died of tuberculosis at age 24.
 4 
Effie Gray
(Artist)
Effie Gray
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Birthdate: May 7, 1828
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Perth, United Kingdom
Died: December 23

Effie Gray was a Scottish painter. She was married to draughtsman and watercolorist, John Ruskin, before leaving him to marry John Everett Millais. This popular love triangle has been depicted in several plays and films, including the 1912 silent movie, The Love of John Ruskin. After marrying Millais, Effie Gray had a major influence on his works.

 5 
Alphonse Daudet
(French Novelist Known for His Books ‘Le Petit Chose’ and ‘Fromont jeune et Risler aîné’)
Alphonse Daudet
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 13, 1840
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nîmes, France
Died: December 17

Alphonse Daudet was a French novelist whose books are still widely read in France. He often collaborated with his wife Julia Daudet, a famous writer, poet, and journalist. Today, several schools and colleges in France are named in his honor.

 6 
Henry George
(Economist, Politician, Writer)
Henry George
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Birthdate: September 2, 1839
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: October 29

Henry George was a political economist and journalist. His work was very popular during the Progressive Era and sparked many reform movements. The economic philosophy known as Georgism is inspired by him. His book Progress and Poverty, considered his magnum opus, sold millions of copies worldwide. He was a vocal advocate for women's political rights. 

 7 
Karl Weierstrass
(Mathematician)
Karl Weierstrass
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 31, 1815
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ennigerloh
Died: February 19

Karl Weierstrass was a German mathematician best remembered for his significant contributions to mathematics. Often referred to as the father of modern analysis, Weierstrass proved the Bolzano-Weierstrass theorem and the intermediate value theorem. He also authorized the definition of continuous function. The asteroid 14100 Weierstrass and the lunar crater Weierstrass are named after him.

 8 
George Pullman
(American Engineer and Industrialist Known for Designing and Manufacturing the Pullman Sleeping Car)
George Pullman
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Birthdate: March 3, 1831
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brocton, New York, United States
Died: October 19

One of his parents’ 10 children, George Pullman initially took over his father’s carpentry business and secured contracts with New York for the Erie Canal project. The founder of the Pullman sleeping car and a company town, Pullam was criticized for using the military to violently end the 1894 Pullman Strike.

 9 
Charles Radbourn
(Baseball player)
Charles Radbourn
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 11, 1854
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Died: February 5
 10 
Minna Canth
(Finnish Social Activist and Writer Best Known for Her Plays, 'The Pastor's Family' and 'The Worker's Wife')
Minna Canth
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 19, 1844
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tampere, Finland
Died: May 12

Minna Canth was a Finnish social activist and writer best remembered for her plays, The Pastor's Family and The Worker's Wife. Among her plays, Anna-Liisa has been adapted into films and operas for the most number of times. Minna Canth, who was ahead of her time, addressed issues of women's rights in her work.

 11 
Edward Drinker Cope
(American Zoologist and Paleontologist)
Edward Drinker Cope
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 28, 1840
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 12
 12 
John Chard
(Engineer, Military personnel)
John Chard
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 21, 1847
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Plymouth
Died: November 1

Royal Engineers army officer John Chard was one of the 11 men to receive the Victoria Cross for defeating a Zulu army of 4,000 warriors at the battle of Rorke's Drift, with a British army of 135. His handwritten account of the war was later auctioned off for £175,000.

 13 
James Joseph Sylvester
(Former Mathematician who made fundamental contributions to matrix theory, invariant theory, number theory, partition theory, and combinatorics)
James Joseph Sylvester
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 3, 1814
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: March 15
 14 
Khurshidbanu Natavan
(One of the Best Lyrical Poets in Azerbaijan's History)
Khurshidbanu Natavan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 6, 1832
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Shusha
Died: October 2

Khurshidbanu Natavan was an Azerbaijani poet and philanthropist. Regarded as one of the most prominent lyrical poets of Azerbaijan, Natavan was best known for her lyrical ghazals. Also a well-known philanthropist, Khurshidbanu Natavan worked towards promoting the cultural and social development of Karabakh. She is credited with building an aqueduct, which relieved the townsfolk of their water problem.

 15 
John Mercer Langston
(Attorney)
John Mercer Langston
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: December 14, 1829
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Louisa, Virginia, United States
Died: November 15
 16 
Infanta Luisa Fernanda, Duchess of Montpensier
(Duchess)
Infanta Luisa Fernanda, Duchess of Montpensier
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 30, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Royal Palace of Madrid, Spain
Died: February 2
 17 
Stanislas de Guaita
(Poet)
Stanislas de Guaita
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 6, 1861
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moselle, France
Died: December 19
 18 
Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge
(Princess)
Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 27, 1833
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: October 27
 19 
William Terriss
(Actor)
William Terriss
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Birthdate: February 20, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 16
 20 
Robert Martin
(politician)
Robert Martin
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1833 AD
Birthplace: Beaver County, Pennsylvania
Died: 1897 AD
 21 
Charles A. Dana
(American journalist)
Charles A. Dana
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Birthdate: August 8, 1819
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hinsdale, New Hampshire, United States
Died: October 17
 22 
Ion Ghica
(Former Prime Minister of Romania)
Ion Ghica
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 12, 1816
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: May 7

Ion Ghica was a Romanian mathematician, statesman, politician, and diplomat. He is best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Romania. Ion Ghica is also remembered for his association with Academia Mihăileană, where he served as a professor of mineralogy, geology, and political economy.

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Princess Florestine of Monaco
(Princess)
Princess Florestine of Monaco
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Birthdate: October 22, 1833
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fontenay-aux-Roses, France
Died: April 4
 24 
Henry Drummond
(Author, University teacher, Writer)
Henry Drummond
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 17, 1851
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stirling, United Kingdom
Died: March 11
 25 
Jacob Burckhardt
(Swiss Historian of Art and Culture)
Jacob Burckhardt
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Birthdate: May 25, 1818
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Died: August 8

Swiss cultural historian and historiographer Jacob Burckhardt is best remembered for his work on the history of Italian Renaissance, Die Kultur der Renaissance in Italien. Born to a Protestant clergyman, he initially studied theology but later switched to history. He was associated with the University of Basel for most of his life.

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Francis Amasa Walker
(Economist)
Francis Amasa Walker
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 2, 1840
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 5
 27 
Hercules Robinson, 1st Baron Rosmead
(Colonial governor)
Hercules Robinson, 1st Baron Rosmead
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 19, 1824
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rosmead, Ireland
Died: October 28
 28 
Peter le Page Renouf
(Former British professor, Egyptologist, and museum director, best known for his translation of The Book of the Dead)
Peter le Page Renouf
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 23, 1822
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Guernsey
Died: October 14
 29 
Adam Asnyk
(Polish Poet and Dramatist Known for the Simplicity of His Poetic Style)
Adam Asnyk
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 11, 1838
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kalisz, Poland
Died: August 2

Polish poet and dramatist Adam Asnyk initially studied medicine but was later exiled for his political activities. He was part of the revolutionary government in Poland and fled following the unsuccessful insurrection. He joined the Positivist school and penned everything from sonnets, erotic poems, tragedies, and comedies.

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David Schwarz
(Inventor known for creating an airship with a rigid envelope made entirely of metal)
David Schwarz
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Birthdate: December 20, 1850
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Keszthely, Hungary
Died: January 13
 31 
Galileo Ferraris
(One of the Pioneers of AC Power System and Inventor of the Induction Motor)
Galileo Ferraris
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: October 31, 1847
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Livorno Ferraris, Italy
Died: February 7

Galileo Ferraris was an Italian university professor, physicist, and electrical engineer. He was one of the pioneers of AC power system. He is also credited to be the inventor of the three-phase induction motor although he never patented his work. He worked at the Italian Industrial Institution and later at the Italian Electrotechnical Association.

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Margaret Oliphant Oliphant
(Scottish Novelist and Historical Writer)
Margaret Oliphant Oliphant
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 4, 1828
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wallyford, Scotland
Died: June 20
Though a talented writer since childhood, Margaret Oliphant Oliphant started her professional writing career as a means to provide for her family after her husband’s death, she later gained fame as one of the most prominent Scottish historical authors. She is best remembered for The Chronicles of Carlingford.
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Arthur Heywood-Lonsdale
(British Rower)
Arthur Heywood-Lonsdale
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 9, 1835
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Adderley, England
Died: February 24
 34 
Jang Seung-eop
(Painter)
Jang Seung-eop
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Birthdate: 1843 AD
Birthplace: Korea
Died: 1897 AD
 35 
Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle
(Writer)
Giovanni Battista Cavalcaselle
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Birthdate: January 22, 1819
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Legnago, Italy
Died: October 31
 36 
Thomas Edward Brown
(Poet and Theologian)
Thomas Edward Brown
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Birthdate: May 5, 1830
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Douglas, Isle of Man
Died: October 29
 37 
Barney Barnato
(Entrepreneur)
Barney Barnato
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 21, 1851
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 14
 38 
Marcus Jacob Monrad
(Philosopher)
Marcus Jacob Monrad
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 19, 1816
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nøtterøy, Norway
Died: December 30

Marcus Jacob Monrad was a 19th-century Norwegian philosopher. He graduated as Candidatus theologiæ in 1840 and later became a professor at the Royal Frederick University. In a long academic career spanning four decades, he published three textbooks that became extremely popular. He took an active part in contemporary debates and was an influential personality.   

 39 
Aleksey Savrasov
(Painter)
Aleksey Savrasov
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Birthdate: May 24, 1830
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: October 8

Aleksey Savrasov was a Russian painter best remembered for his landscape paintings. Savrasov played an important role in the creation of the lyrical landscape style. Despite achieving considerable fame and success, Savrasov spent his last few years in poverty. He became addicted to alcohol and usually wandered from shelter to shelter before dying at the age of 67.

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Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria
(Princesses)
Duchess Sophie Charlotte in Bavaria
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 23, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Possenhofen Castle, Possenhofen, Bavaria
Died: May 4
 41 
John Lorimer Worden
(Officer)
John Lorimer Worden
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 12, 1818
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mount Pleasant, New York, United States
Died: October 19
 42 
Louisa Lane Drew
(Actress)
Louisa Lane Drew
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Birthdate: January 10, 1820
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London, England
Died: August 31
 43 
Julius von Sachs
(German Botanist Remembered for Developing Experimental Plant Physiology)
Julius von Sachs
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 2, 1832
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: May 29

German botanist Julius von Sachs is remembered for his contribution to the development of experimental plant physiology. He also conducted significant studies on areas such as transpiration of water. He was the chair of botany at the University of Freiburg-im-Breisgau and a professor of botany at the University of Würzburg.

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John Gilbert
(Painter)
John Gilbert
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Birthdate: July 21, 1817
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 5
 45 
Henri d'Orléans, Duke of Aumale
(Political leader)
Henri d'Orléans, Duke of Aumale
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 16, 1822
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Domaine National du Palais-Royal, Paris, France
Died: May 7
 46 
Viktor Meyer
(Chemist)
Viktor Meyer
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 8, 1848
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: August 8
 47 
Heinrich Lossow
(Painter)
Heinrich Lossow
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Birthdate: March 10, 1843
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: May 19
 48 
John Augustus Sutter Jr.
(Was the founder and planner of the City of Sacramento in California, a U.S)
John Augustus Sutter Jr.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 25, 1826
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Burgdorf, Switzerland
Died: September 21
 49 
Sondre Nordheim
(Norwegian Skier and Pioneer of Modern Skiing)
Sondre Nordheim
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 10, 1825
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Morgedal, Telemark, Norway
Died: March 9

Sondre Nordheim was a Norwegian skier who is credited with first demonstrating a technique called telemark skiing around 1868. Widely regarded as a pioneer of modern skiing, Norheim experimented with binding design and introduced side cuts to heel bindings and skis. In 1984, Sondre Nordheim was made an inductee of the Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame.

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Charles-Denis Bourbaki
(General)
Charles-Denis Bourbaki
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 22, 1816
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pau, France
Died: September 22