Famous People Who Died In 1922

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1922. This list includes people like Alexander Graham Bell, Marcel Proust, Charles I of Austria, Newton Knight, Nellie Bly and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, military leaders, artists and prime ministers who died in 1922. This list includes people from France, United States, United Kingdom & Ireland and many more countries.
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Alexander Graham Bell
(Inventor of Telephone & Co-Founder of 'American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T)')
Alexander Graham Bell
54
Birthdate: March 3, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: August 2

Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist, inventor, and engineer. He is credited with inventing the first functional telephone. He is also credited with co-founding America's major telephone company AT&T, which has been going strong since 1885. Bell's later life was marked by his groundbreaking work in aeronautics, hydrofoils, and optical telecommunications. He was also an ardent supporter of compulsory sterilization.

 2 
Sir Ernest Shackleton
(Anglo-Irish Antarctic Explorer)
Sir Ernest Shackleton
14
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 15, 1874
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kilkea, Ireland
Died: January 5

Anglo-Irish Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton is remembered for leading three British expeditions to the Antarctic. He was a key figure of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. An expert in navigation, he had also been a part of Captain Robert Falcon Scott's Discovery expedition. He was knighted by King Edward VII for his achievements.

 3 
Michael Collins
(Politician)
Michael Collins
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 16, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: County Cork, Republic of Ireland
Died: August 22
Revolutionary leader Michael Collins was a significant figure in the Irish struggle for independence. He was the director of intelligence of the Irish army and was responsible for attacks such as the "Bloody Sunday" killings of British agents. He negotiated the Anglo-Irish Treaty but was assassinated by anti-Treaty rebels.
 4 
Nellie Bly
(Journalist and Writer Known for Her Record-Breaking Trip Around the World in 72 Days)
Nellie Bly
34
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 5, 1864
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cochrans Mills, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 27

Nellie Bly was an American industrialist, journalist, inventor, and charity worker. She is remembered for her circumnavigation of the world in 72 days. She is also known for pioneering a new kind of investigative journalism as she worked undercover from within a mental institution to report on the institution. Nellie Bly’s life and work have inspired several works of art.

 5 
Marcel Proust
(French Novelist Who is Regarded as One of the Most Influential Authors of the 20th Century)
Marcel Proust
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 10, 1871
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Neuilly-Auteuil-Passy, France
Died: November 18

Marcel Proust was a French novelist, essayist, and critic best known for writing the world-renowned novel In Search of Lost Time, which was published between 1913 and 1927 in seven parts. Many writers and critics regard him as one of the 20th century's most influential and important authors.

 6 
Newton Knight
(Military Leader)
Newton Knight
13
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 10, 1829
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jones County
Died: 1922 AD

Newton Knight was an American soldier, farmer, and Southern Unionist in Mississippi. He is best remembered for leading a band of Confederate army deserters known as the Knight Company, who opposed the Confederacy during the American Civil War. His life and work have inspired films, such as Tap Roots and Free State of Jones.

 7 
Charles I of Austria
(Emperor of Austria from 1916 to 1918)
Charles I of Austria
8
Birthdate: August 17, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Persenbeug-Gottsdorf, Austria
Died: April 1

Charles I of Austria reigned from 1916 to 1918 as the last emperor of Austria. He was the last king of Croatia, Bohemia, Hungary, and the last monarch from the House of Habsburg-Lorraine. Charles is remembered for making unsuccessful attempts to end Austria-Hungary's World War I campaign. He also tried to save the Austro-Hungarian Empire from disintegration but was unsuccessful.

 8 
William Desmond Taylor
(Director and Actor Known for His Films: ‘The Diamond from the Sky’, ‘A Woman Scorned’ and ‘Ben Blair’)
William Desmond Taylor
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Birthdate: April 26, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Carlow, Ireland
Died: February 1
Actor-director William Desmond Taylor, a popular figure from the silent era of Hollywood, made headlines when he was found murdered in his LA bungalow. The case, which initiated a media frenzy, remains unsolved to date due to lack of evidence, in spite of a deathbed confession from actor Patricia Palmer.
 9 
Henry Lawson
(Writer)
Henry Lawson
15
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 17, 1867
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grenfell
Died: September 2

Henry Lawson was an Australian bush poet and writer. Often referred to as Australia's greatest short story writer, Lawson is one of the best-known Australian fiction writers and poets of the colonial period. Also a nationalist, Henry Lawson contributed immensely to a popular Australian magazine named The Bulletin. In 1949, he was featured in an Australian postage stamp.

 10 
Hermann Rorschach
(Swiss psychiatrist)
Hermann Rorschach
3
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: November 8, 1884
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zurich, Switzerland
Died: April 1

Remembered for inventing the inkblot test to uncover the hidden traits of a subject’s personality, known as the Rorschach test, Swiss psychiatrist Hermann Rorschach was born to an art teacher in Zürich and had thus wished to be an artist initially. His Rorschach test was later criticized for its subjectivity.

 11 
Ali Kemal
(Minister of the Interior of the Ottoman Empire in 1919)
Ali Kemal
5
Birthdate: September 7, 1867
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fatih, Turkey
Died: November 6

Ali Kemal was a Turkish journalist, poet, newspaper editor, government official, and liberal-leaning politician. He is best remembered for his brief service as the Minister of the Interior of the Ottoman Empire in 1919. During the Turkish War of Independence, Ali Kemal was assassinated by paramilitary officers.

 12 
William Stewart Halsted
(Surgeon)
William Stewart Halsted
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: September 23, 1852
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
Died: September 7

William Stewart Halsted was the man behind the first American surgical school at the Johns Hopkins University. The master surgeon made a number of contributions to medical science, including the introduction of mastectomy and aseptic surgical procedures. He often injected cocaine into his body to develop anesthesia.

 13 
Cap Anson
(Baseball Player)
Cap Anson
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 17, 1852
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Marshalltown, Iowa, United States
Died: April 14
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 14 
Lord Leopold Mountbatten
(Military Leader)
Lord Leopold Mountbatten
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 21, 1889
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Windsor Castle, Windsor, England
Died: April 23
 15 
George Cadbury
(Businessman)
George Cadbury
9
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 19, 1839
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edgbaston
Died: October 24
 16 
Lillian Russell
(Former Actress, Singer known for her beauty and style, as well as for her voice and stage presence)
Lillian Russell
2
Birthdate: December 4, 1860
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Clinton, Iowa, United States
Died: June 6
 17 
William Rockefeller Jr.
(American Businessman and Co-Founder of 'Standard Oil')
William Rockefeller Jr.
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 31, 1841
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Richford, New York, United States
Died: June 24

Part of the famous Rockefeller family of bankers and industrialists, William Rockefeller played a major role in the development of the Standard Oil Company along with his brother John D. Rockefeller. His interests also included copper mining and railways, and he also set up what is now known as Citigroup.

 18 
Bert Williams
(Actor, Screenwriter, Stage actor)
Bert Williams
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 12, 1874
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nassau
Died: March 4

Bert Williams was an American entertainer and comedian. One of the greatest entertainers of the Vaudeville era, Bert Williams was also regarded as one of the most famous comedians of his time. In 1914, he was cast to play the leading role in Darktown Jubilee, making him the first Black man to play the main role in a film.

 19 
John William Godward
(Painter)
John William Godward
1
Birthdate: August 9, 1861
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wimbledon
Died: December 13
 20 
Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont
(Aristocrat)
Princess Helena of Waldeck and Pyrmont
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Birthdate: February 17, 1861
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Arolsen, Germany
Died: September 1
 21 
William J. Seymour
(Preacher)
William J. Seymour
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 2, 1870
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Louisiana
Died: September 28

William J. Seymour was an African-American holiness preacher. He is credited to have initiated the Azusa Street Revival, an influential event in the rise of the Charismatic and Pentecostal movements. He was a student of the early Pentecostal minister Charles Parham. He played a major role in the spread of Pentecostalism to various parts of America. 

 22 
Lothar von Richthofen
(Aviator, Military personnel)
Lothar von Richthofen
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 27, 1894
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wrocław
Died: July 4

Lothar von Richthofen was a German flying ace who served during the First World War. He was the younger brother of another aviator Manfred von Richthofen, whose life inspired the 2008 German-British biopic The Red Baron where Lothar von Richthofen was played by German actor Volker Bruch. Richthofen died in a flying accident when he was just 27 years old.

 23 
Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia
(Queen)
Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia
2
Birthdate: July 28, 1860
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peterhof, Saint Petersburg, Empire of Russia
Died: March 11

Grand Duchess Anastasia Mikhailovna of Russia, largely remembered as one of the granddaughters of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia, and as the wife of Friedrich Franz III, the Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. A talented tennis player, she had several tennis courts built. She also had an illegitimate child with her secretary.

 24 
Gabriel Narutowicz
(First President of Poland)
Gabriel Narutowicz
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 29, 1865
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Telšiai, Lithuania
Died: December 16

Polish professor of hydroelectric engineering and statesman Gabriel Narutowicz served as first President of Poland after the country regained sovereignty from partitioning powers. A pioneer of electrification, Narutowicz served as the Minister of Public Works and as the Minister of Foreign Affairs before becoming the first president of the Second Polish Republic. He was assassinated five days after assuming office as the head of state.

 25 
Arthur Griffith
(Former Member of Parliament of the United Kingdom (1918-1922))
Arthur Griffith
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 31, 1871
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: August 12

Best known as the founder of the political party Sinn Féin, Arthur Griffith was also a journalist who launched the nationalist newspaper United Irishman. Though he didn’t participate in the Easter Rising, he was arrested and later released. He negotiated the Anglo-Irish Treaty and became the president of Dáil Éireann.

 26 
Robert Erskine Childers
(Former Teachta Dála of Ireland)
Robert Erskine Childers
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 25, 1870
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mayfair, London, England
Died: November 24
 27 
Erich von Falkenhayn
(Former Minister of War of Prussia (1913 - 1915))
Erich von Falkenhayn
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 11, 1861
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Białochowo, Poland
Died: April 8

Erich von Falkenhayn was a war leader who played a major role during World War I where he served as the Chief of the German General Staff from 1914 to 1916. He also served as the Prussian Minister of War from 1913 to 1915. Although his reputation was attacked by certain groups, many regard Falkenhayn as a great German general.

 28 
Christiaan de Wet
(Boer General, Rebel Leader and Politician)
Christiaan de Wet
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 7, 1854
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Smithfield, South Africa
Died: February 3

Christiaan de Wet was a Boer general, rebel leader, and politician. He served as a field cornet in the First Anglo-Boer War of 1880–81. Following the war, he became a member of the Volksraad. In the Second Boer War, he took part in the Siege of Ladysmith and the surprise attack on Sanna's Post near Bloemfontein. 

 29 
Thomas Sutherland
(Founder of The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation)
Thomas Sutherland
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 16, 1834
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died: January 1

Thomas Sutherland was a British politician and banker best remembered for founding The Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC),  the founder member of HSBC Group. After his demise, a street in Sheung Wan was named after him.

 30 
Walther Rathenau
(Foreign Minister of Germany)
Walther Rathenau
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 29, 1867
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: June 24
 31 
Alfred Harmsworth
(British publisher)
Alfred Harmsworth
0
Birthdate: July 15, 1865
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chapelizod, Ireland
Died: August 14
 32 
Georges Sorel
(Social Thinker, Political Theorist & Historian Known for His Advocacy of 'Sorelianism')
Georges Sorel
0
Birthdate: November 2, 1847
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cherbourg, France
Died: August 29

Georges Sorel was a French political theorist, social thinker, journalist, and historian. He is credited with inspiring Sorelianism, a support system for his ideologies. Georges Sorel is also credited with inspiring several socialists, Fascists, Marxists, and anarchists. In 1891, Georges Sorel was honored with the prestigious Légion d'honneur.

 33 
Marie Lloyd
(Singer)
Marie Lloyd
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 12, 1870
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hoxton, London, United Kingdom
Died: October 7
 34 
Andrey Markov
(Mathematician)
Andrey Markov
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 14, 1856
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ryazan, Russia
Died: July 20
Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: June 18, 1845
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 18

Charles Louis Alphonse Laveran was a French physician whose discoveries of certain parasitic protozoans earned him the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1907. A well-known philanthropist, Laveran donated half of the money obtained from his Nobel Prize to set up the Laboratory of Tropical Medicine. He is also credited with founding the Société de Pathologie Exotique.

 36 
Camille Jordan
(Mathematician, Engineer, Professor)
Camille Jordan
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 5, 1838
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lyon
Died: January 22

Camille Jordan was a French mathematician best remembered for his influential Cours d'analyse and his foundational work in group theory. He also served as an educator, teaching at prestigious institutions like the Collège de France and École Polytechnique. The asteroid 25593 Camillejordan is named in his honor.

 37 
John Butler Yeats
(Artist)
John Butler Yeats
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Birthdate: March 16, 1839
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lawrencetown, County Down, Ireland
Died: February 3

Better known as the father of legendary Irish poet W.B. Yeats, John Butler Yeats was a talented painter in his own right. Initially a barrister, he later studied art formally and focused on painting but failed to sell his works and eventually died in a boarding house.

 38 
Richard Theodore Greener
(Educator)
Richard Theodore Greener
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 30, 1844
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 2
 39 
Okuma Shigenobu
(Prime Minister)
Okuma Shigenobu
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 11, 1838
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saga
Died: January 10

Although an important member of the Japanese Meiji oligarchy, Kōshaku (Marquess) Ōkuma Shigenobu was a centrist and a supporter of western ideas and science. His campaign for a parliamentary system of governance led to political reforms in Japan. As a foreign minister, he modernized the country’s fiscal system.  A two-time Prime Minister, he was also the founder of Waseda University

 40 
Paul Deschanel
(Former President of France)
Paul Deschanel
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 13, 1855
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Schaerbeek, Belgium
Died: April 28

Son of Émile Deschanel, a professor exiled due to his opposition to Napoleon III, Paul Deschanel grew up to study law. Before becoming the president of France, he had also been the president of the Chamber of Deputies. A skilled author, too, he was part of the Académie Française.

 41 
William Henry Hudson
(Anglo-Argentine Author, Naturalist and Ornithologist)
William Henry Hudson
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Birthdate: August 4, 1841
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Quilmes, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Died: August 18

British-Argentine author, naturalist, and ornithologist William Henry Hudson not just published a number of ornithological studies but also several novels, such as Green Mansions. He criticized Darwinism and was inspired by Samuel Butler’s writings. He was also part of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.

 42 
Catherine Dolgorukov
(Russian Aristocrat and the Daughter of Prince Michael Dolgorukov)
Catherine Dolgorukov
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 2, 1847
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Volhynian Governorate, Russian Empire
Died: February 15
 43 
Ernest Solvay
(Belgian Chemist Who Developed the 'Ammonia-Soda Process' for Making Soda Ash)
Ernest Solvay
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 16, 1838
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rebecq, Belgium
Died: May 26

Belgian chemist Ernest Solvay began working in his family’s salt-making business soon after finishing school, as his condition of acute pleurisy prevented him from studying any further. He is remembered for developing the ammonia-soda process that produces soda ash, which is crucial to the glass and soap industries.

 44 
Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
(Poet)
Wilfrid Scawen Blunt
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 17, 1840
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Petworth, England
Died: September 10
 45 
Jacobus Kapteyn
(Dutch Astronomer Who Used Photography and Statistical Methods in Determining the Motions and Distribution of Stars)
Jacobus Kapteyn
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 19, 1851
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Barneveld, Netherlands
Died: June 18

Jacobus Cornelius Kapteyn was a Dutch astronomer best remembered for his studies of the Milky Way. He proved the existence of galactic rotation and was also among the first astronomers to talk about the existence of dark matter as early as 1922. Over the course of his career, Kapteyn was honored with many awards like the James Craig Watson Medal.

 46 
Lima Barreto
(Brazilian Novelist and Journalist Who is Famous for the Novel 'Triste Fim de Policarpo Quaresma')
Lima Barreto
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 13, 1881
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: November 1

Brazilian author Afonso Henriques de Lima Barreto was one of the greatest figures of pre-modernism and also a talented journalist. Best known for his iconic novel Triste Fim de Policarpo Quaresma, he was a master of satire. He later suffered from serious bouts of mental illness.

 47 
Rudolf Kjellén
(Swedish Political Scientist, Geographer and Politician Who First Coined the Term 'Geopolitics')
Rudolf Kjellén
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Birthdate: June 13, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Torsö, Sweden
Died: November 14

Rudolf Kjellén was a Swedish politician, geographer, and political scientist. Apart from coining the term geopolitics, Kjellén is also credited with laying the foundations for the German Geopolitik. Rudolf Kjellén also served as a professor of political sciences and statistics at the University of Gothenburg. 

 48 
Arthur Wesley Dow
(Artist)
Arthur Wesley Dow
0
Birthdate: April 6, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ipswich, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 1
 49 
Léon Bonnat
(Painter)
Léon Bonnat
0
Birthdate: June 20, 1833
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bayonne, France
Died: September 8
 50 
Gaston, Count of Eu
(Prince)
Gaston, Count of Eu
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 28, 1842
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: August 28