Famous People Who Died In 1898

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1898. This list includes people like Otto von Bismarck, Lewis Carroll, William Ewart Gladstone, Sir Syed Ahmad Khan, Stéphane Mallarmé and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include artists, poets, mathematicians and philosophers who died in 1898. This list includes people from United Kingdom, France, India & Germany and many more countries.
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Otto von Bismarck
(Chancellor of the German Empire (1871 - 1890))
Otto von Bismarck
38
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 1, 1815
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Schönhausen, Germany
Died: July 30
Otto von Bismarck was a German statesman. Bismarck is credited with masterminding the unification of Germany and served as its first chancellor. He is also credited with creating the first modern welfare state in the world. Regarded as a hero by German nationalists, Otto von Bismarck's life has inspired a couple of TV series.
 2 
Lewis Carroll
(English Author Best Known for His Works: ‘Alice's Adventures in Wonderland’ & Its Sequel ‘Through the Looking-Glass’)
Lewis Carroll
23
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 27, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cheshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: January 14
Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known by his pseudonym, Lewis Carroll, is remembered for his iconic children’s fiction such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. He explored the genre of literary nonsense with his poems such as Jabberwocky. He was also a photographer, a mathematician, and an inventor.
 3 
Empress Elisabeth of Austria
(Empress of Austria and Queen of Hungary from 1854 to 1898)
Empress Elisabeth of Austria
7
Birthdate: December 24, 1837
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Munich, Germany
Died: September 10

Empress Elisabeth of Austria was Queen of Hungary and Empress of Austria from 1854 to 1898, making her the longest-reigning Austrian empress. Often visiting Hungary for its relaxed environment, Elisabeth developed a deep kinship with Hungary, which in turn helped her influence the rise of the dual monarchy of Austria–Hungary in 1867.

 4 
William Ewart Gladstone
(Prime Minister)
William Ewart Gladstone
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 29, 1809
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Liverpool, Lancashire, England
Died: May 19

William Ewart Gladstone was a British politician and statesman. During a career that spanned six decades, Gladstone served as prime minister of the UK for 12 years, which included four different terms. Often counted among Britain's greatest leaders, Gladstone has been portrayed in several films and television series, such as Parnell, The Prime Minister, Edward the Seventh, and Number 10.

 5 
George Muller
(Christian Evangelist Who was One of the Founders of the Plymouth Brethren Movement)
George Muller
11
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 27, 1805
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
Died: March 10

George Muller was a Christian evangelist. He was one of the founders of the Plymouth Brethren movement and the director of the Ashley Down orphanage in Bristol, England. He is credited to have cared for over 10,000 orphans during his lifetime. He also opened numerous schools. Following his death, his work was continued by The George Müller Foundation. 

 6 
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan
(Indian Islamic Reformer and Educationist Who Founded the ‘Muhammadan Anglo-Oriental College’, the First Muslim University in Southern Asia)
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan
32
Birthdate: October 17, 1817
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Delhi, India
Died: March 27
Sir Syed Ahmad Khan was the founder of the Aligarh Muslim University. He is accredited as the father of Two-Nation Theory and is regarded as the originator of Muslim nationalism in India. A proponent of freedom of speech and democratic ideals, he propelled social and educational reforms.
 7 
Henry Bessemer
(Inventor)
Henry Bessemer
3
Birthdate: January 19, 1813
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Charlton, England
Died: March 15
 8 
Aubrey Beardsley
(Illustrator)
Aubrey Beardsley
2
Birthdate: August 21, 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brighton, England
Died: March 16

Aubrey Beardsley was an English illustrator and author, whose works emphasized the grotesque, the decadent, and the erotic. A leading figure in the aesthetic movement, he was deeply influenced by black ink drawings. He attended classes at the Westminster School of Art before beginning his career as an artist. He was considered an eccentric person.  

 9 
Stéphane Mallarmé
(French Symbolist Poet)
Stéphane Mallarmé
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 18, 1842
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 9

Stéphane Mallarmé was a French poet whose work inspired many artistic schools of the 20th century like Surrealism, Futurism, Dadaism, and Cubism. Over the years, his poetry has also served as an inspiration for many musical pieces, including Claude Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun. Mallarmé's work also influenced Man Ray's film, Les Mystères du Château de Dé.

 10 
Soapy Smith
Soapy Smith
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 2, 1860
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Georgia
Died: July 8
 11 
Gustave Moreau
(French Symbolist Painter Known for His Erotic Paintings of Mythological and Religious Subjects)
Gustave Moreau
1
Birthdate: April 6, 1826
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 18

French Symbolist painter Gustave Moreau is best remembered for his erotic paintings of mythological and religious figures. His works were deeply influenced by Théodore Chassériau, his teacher, and later by the Italian Renaissance. The Apparition and Jupiter and Sémélé remain two of his best-known works.

 12 
Louise of Hesse-Kassel
(Queen Consort of Denmark from 1863 to 1898)
Louise of Hesse-Kassel
3
Birthdate: September 7, 1817
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kassel, Electorate of Hesse, German Confederation
Died: September 29

Louise of Hesse-Kassel was the Queen consort of Denmark from 1863 until her demise in 1898. Although she did not take an active part in state affairs, Louise's intelligence, psychological strength, and judgment were of prime importance as King Christian IX was dependent on these qualities of his wife. She also supported 26 different charitable organizations during her reign.

 13 
Edward Burne-Jones
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Birthdate: August 28, 1833
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
Died: June 17
 14 
John Newlands
(Chemist)
John Newlands
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 26, 1837
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, England
Died: July 29

Best remembered for his work on the periodic table and his law of octaves, British chemist John Newlands, was home-schooled as a kid. A significant figure in analytical chemistry, he later won the Davy Medal for his achievements. His studied were later collated in On the Discovery of the Periodic Law.

 15 
Matilda Joslyn Gage
(Abolitionist, Freethinker, Author)
Matilda Joslyn Gage
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: March 24, 1826
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cicero
Died: March 18
 16 
Ivan Shishkin
(Painter)
Ivan Shishkin
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Birthdate: January 25, 1832
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Yelabuga, Russia
Died: March 20

Ivan Shishkin was a Russian painter best remembered for his associaton with the Peredvizhniki movement. He achieved popularity for his forest landscapes, such as Morning in a Pine Forest and Rain in an Oak Forest. He was also an excellent printmaker and a draftsman. Shishkin also worked as a professor of painting in several prestigious institutions like the Imperial Academy.

 17 
William S. Rosecrans
(Inventor)
William S. Rosecrans
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 6, 1819
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Delaware County, Ohio, U.S.
Died: March 11
 18 
Don Carlos Buell
(Military personnel)
Don Carlos Buell
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 23, 1818
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lowell
Died: November 19
 19 
Charles Garnier
(architect)
Charles Garnier
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Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: November 6, 1825
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris
Died: August 3

Charles Garnier was a French architect best known for designing important landmarks, such as the Opéra de Monte-Carlo and Palais Garnier. Charles Garnier also designed several public and private buildings on the Italian Riviera and is thereby sometimes credited with turning the place into a tourist attraction.

 20 
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
(Painter)
Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
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Birthdate: December 14, 1824
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lyon, France
Died: October 24
 21 
Kate Kelly
(Ned Kelly's sister)
Kate Kelly
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 12, 1863
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Beveridge, Australia
Died: September 30
 22 
Félicien Rops
(Belgian Artist, Painter and Illustrator)
Félicien Rops
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Birthdate: July 7, 1833
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Namur, Belgium
Died: August 23

Belgian painter and graphic artist Félicien Rops is best remembered for his association with symbolism and Fin-de Siecle, and for his prints. Part of the Les Vingt group of artists, he created masterpieces such as Absinthe Drinker and Lady with the Puppet. He also experimented with erotic themes.

 23 
Samuel Plimsoll
(British Politician and Social Reformer Known for Having Devised the 'Plimsoll Line')
Samuel Plimsoll
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 10, 1824
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bristol, England
Died: June 3

Apart from being a politician, Samuel Plimsoll was also a prominent social reformer, who is best known for introducing the Plimsoll line, a line on a ship’s side, which signifies the legal limit till which the ship can be loaded, thus ensuring that no money-hungry shipowner could risk his crew’s safety.

 24 
William Seward Burroughs I
(Inventor)
William Seward Burroughs I
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Birthdate: January 28, 1857
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Auburn, New York, United States
Died: September 14
 25 
Sir John Fowler, 1st Baronet
(British Civil Engineer Who Helped Design and Build the Underground London Metropolitan Railway)
Sir John Fowler, 1st Baronet
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: July 15, 1817
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wadsley, Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
Died: November 20

Civil engineer Sir John Fowler, 1st Baronet is best remembered for constructing the London Metropolitan Railway and for co-constructing Scotland’s Forth Bridge. He had also worked in Egypt and was the youngest to serve as the president of the Institution of Civil Engineers. His works also included locomotives and hydro-electric schemes.

 26 
Theodor Fontane
(German Novelist and Poet Who Is Considered the First Master of Modern Realistic Fiction in Germany)
Theodor Fontane
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 30, 1819
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Neuruppin, Germany
Died: September 20

The pioneer of German realist fiction, Theodor Fontane started as a journalist before venturing into a writing career at the ripe age of 58. He had also briefly been an apothecary, following in his father’s footsteps. His novels such as Effi Briest talk about the plight of women.

 27 
Eugène Boudin
(Painter)
Eugène Boudin
1
Birthdate: July 12, 1824
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Honfleur, France
Died: August 8
 28 
Siegfried Marcus
(German Inventor Who Made the First Petrol-Powered Vehicle in 1864)
Siegfried Marcus
1
Birthdate: September 18, 1831
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Malchin, Germany
Died: July 1

Starting his career as a mechanic at age 12, Siegfried Marcus grew up to be one of the most legendary engineers and manufacturers of his time. His experimental creation, known as Marcus's second car, was the first automobile with a four-cycle engine and the first that used gasoline as fuel.

 29 
Sarah Emma Edmonds
(She Served the Union Army Disguised as a Man During the 'American Civil War')
Sarah Emma Edmonds
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1841
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Brunswick, Canada
Died: September 5

Canadian-born Sarah Emma Edmonds is best-remembered as the woman who served the Union Army, disguised as a man, during American Civil War. She also claimed that she served as a spy. She later used her real identity and served as a nurse at a hospital in Washington, D.C.  In 1897, Edmonds was admitted to the Grand Army of the Republic.

 30 
Justin Smith Morrill
(Politician)
Justin Smith Morrill
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 14, 1810
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Strafford, Vermont, United States
Died: December 28
 31 
Lawrence Sullivan Ross
(Politician)
Lawrence Sullivan Ross
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 27, 1838
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bentonsport, Iowa, United States
Died: January 3
 32 
George Grey
(11th Premier of New Zealand (1877 - 1879) )
George Grey
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 14, 1812
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lisbon, Portugal
Died: September 19

George Grey was a British explorer, soldier, writer, and colonial administrator. He served as the 11th Premier of New Zealand from 1877 to 1879. He also served as the Governor of New Zealand from 1845 to 1854 and again from 1861 to 1868. George Grey's life and career inspired a miniseries titled The Governor.

 33 
Ferdinand Cohn
(Founder of Bacteriology and Microbiology)
Ferdinand Cohn
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 24, 1828
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: June 25

Ferdinand Cohn was a German biologist who is credited with co-founding microbiology and modern bacteriology. Apart from publishing more than 150 research reports, Cohn also made significant contributions to the field of botany. He was also the first person to classify algae as plants. Ferdinand Cohn received the prestigious Leeuwenhoek Medal in 1885.

 34 
Georges Rodenbach
(Poet)
Georges Rodenbach
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 16, 1855
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tournai, Belgium
Died: December 25
 35 
Zachris Topelius
(Finnish Writer, Poet and Historian Best Known for Writing Finnish Historical Novels in Swedish)
Zachris Topelius
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Birthdate: January 14, 1818
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nykarleby, Finland
Died: March 12

Finnish writer, poet, historian, and journalist Zachris Topelius is best remembered for writing Finnish historical novels in Swedish language, which were later translated into Finnish. His notable works include the fairy tales The Tomten in Åbo Castle and Sampo Lappelill., and the poem Sov du lilla videung. Topelius served as professor and later as rector of the University of Helsinki.

 36 
Pavel Tretyakov
(Founder of the Moscow Merchant Bank)
Pavel Tretyakov
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 27, 1832
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: December 16
 37 
Mikhail Chernyayev
(General)
Mikhail Chernyayev
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 3, 1828
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mogilev Governorate, Russia
Died: August 16
 38 
Conrad Ferdinand Meyer
(Master of Literary Realism Who Is Mainly Remembered for Stirring Narrative Ballads Like ‘Die Füße Im Feuer')
Conrad Ferdinand Meyer
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 11, 1825
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zürich, Switzerland
Died: November 28
 39 
Johann Jakob Balmer
(Swiss mathematician)
Johann Jakob Balmer
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 1, 1825
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lausen
Died: March 12

Apart from teaching at a secondary school, Johann Jakob Balmer also taught geometry at the University of Basel. The Swiss mathematician is best remembered for his Balmer series formula for the hydrogen atom, which was later explained by Niels Bohr. He made a contribution to the field of atomic spectroscopy.

 40 
Odo of France
(King)
Odo of France
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Birthdate: 0857 AD
Birthplace: Neustria
Died: January 1
 41 
Salome Urena
(Poet)
Salome Urena
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 21, 1850
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Died: March 6
 42 
Charles Pelham Villiers
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 3, 1802
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
Died: January 16
 43 
Clara Fisher
(Actress)
Clara Fisher
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Birthdate: July 14, 1811
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, England
Died: November 12
 44 
John Ernst Worrell Keely
(Inventor)
John Ernst Worrell Keely
1
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: September 3, 1837
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 18
 45 
Louis Laurent Gabriel de Mortillet
(Archaeologist)
Louis Laurent Gabriel de Mortillet
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Birthdate: August 29, 1821
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Meylan, France
Died: September 25
 46 
Princess Francisca of Brazil
(Princess of the Empire of Brazil)
Princess Francisca of Brazil
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 2, 1824
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Palace of São Cristóvão, Rio de Janeiro, Empire of Brazil
Died: March 27
 47 
Alan Rotherham
(English Rugby Union Player)
Alan Rotherham
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 31, 1862
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Coventry, England
Died: August 30
 48 
Maria Louise Pool
(Writer)
Maria Louise Pool
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 20, 1841
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rockland, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 18
 49 
Nehanda Charwe Nyakasikana
(Spiritual Leader)
Nehanda Charwe Nyakasikana
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1840 AD
Birthplace: Zimbabwe
Died: 1898 AD
 50 
Gardner Quincy Colton
(Showman)
Gardner Quincy Colton
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 7, 1814
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Georgia, Vermont, United States
Died: August 10