1840 deaths

Posted May 31, 2011
List of famous people who died in 1840
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  1. Marcellin Champagnat

    Marcellin Champagnat


    Saint Marcellin Joseph Benedict Champagnat (20 May 1789 – 6 June 1840) ["whose heart knew no bounds"] was born in Le Rosey, village of Marlhes, near St. Etienne (Loire), France. He was the founder of the Marist Brothers, a religious congregation of men in the Roman Catholic Church devoted to the Virgin Mary and dedicated to education. His feast day is June 6th.

  2. Niccolò Paganini

    Niccolò Paganini


    Niccolò (or Nicolò) Paganini (27 October 1782 – 27 May 1840) was an Italian violinist, violist, guitarist, and composer. He was the most celebrated violin virtuoso of his time, and left his mark as one of the pillars of modern violin technique. His 24 Caprices for Solo Violin Op.1 are among the best known of his compositions, and have served as an inspiration for many prominent composers.

  3. Anne Lister

    Anne Lister


    Anne Lister (1791–1840) was a well-off Yorkshire landowner, diarist, mountaineer and traveller. Throughout her life she kept diaries which chronicled the details of her daily life, including her lesbian relationships, her financial concerns, her industrial activities and her work improving Shibden Hall. Her diaries contain more than 4,000,000 words and about a sixth of them—those concerning the intimate details of her romantic and sexual relationships—were written in code. The code, derived from a combination of algebra and Ancient Greek, was deciphered in the 1930s. Lister is often called "the first modern lesbian" for her clear self-knowledge and openly lesbian lifestyle. Called "Fred" by her lover and "Gentleman Jack" by Halifax residents, she suffered from harassment for her sexuality, and recognised her similarity to the Ladies of Llangollen, whom she visited.

  4. George Robert Twelves Hewes

    George Robert Twelves Hewes


    George Robert Twelves Hewes (August 25, 1742 – November 5, 1840) was a participant in the political protests in Boston at the onset of the American Revolution, and one of the last survivors of the Boston Tea Party and the Boston Massacre. Later he fought in the American Revolutionary War as a militiaman and privateer. Shortly before his death at the age of 98, Hewes was the subject of two biographies and much public commemoration.

  5. Giuditta Grisi

    Giuditta Grisi


    Giuditta Grisi (28 July 1805 – 1 May 1840) was an Italian operatic mezzo-soprano, sister of soprano Giulia Grisi and cousin of ballerina Carlotta Grisi.

  6. Haji Shariatullah

    Haji Shariatullah


    Haji Shariatullah (1781–1840) was an eminent Islamic reformer of the Indian subcontinent in British India. He is known for founding the Faraizi movement. Shariatpur District is named after him.

  7. Richard E. Parker

    Richard E. Parker


    Richard Elliott Parker (December 27, 1783 – September 10, 1840) was a lawyer, soldier, judge and political figure from Virginia. Parker served in the Virginia House of Delegates and the United States Senate, before later serving on the Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.

  8. Caspar David Friedrich

    Caspar David Friedrich


    Caspar David Friedrich (5 September 1774 – 7 May 1840) was a 19th-century German Romantic landscape painter, generally considered the most important German artist of his generation. He is best known for his mid-period allegorical landscapes which typically feature contemplative figures silhouetted against night skies, morning mists, barren trees or Gothic ruins. His primary interest as an artist was the contemplation of nature, and his often symbolic and anti-classical work seeks to convey a subjective, emotional response to the natural world. Friedrich's paintings characteristically set a human presence in diminished perspective amid expansive landscapes, reducing the figures to a scale that, according to the art historian Christopher John Murray, directs "the viewer's gaze towards their metaphysical dimension".

  9. Jonas Damelis

    Jonas Damelis


    Jonas Damelis, Jan Krzysztof Damel (Johann Damehl; 1780 – 30 August 1840) was a neoclassicist artist associated with the School of Art at Vilnius University in Lithuania.

  10. Pierre Jean Robiquet

    Pierre Jean Robiquet


    Pierre Jean Robiquet (13 January 1780 – April 1840) was a French chemist. He laid founding work in identifying amino acids, the fundamental building blocks of proteins. He did this through recognizing the first of them, asparagine, in 1806, in the industry's adoption of industrial dyes, with the identification of alizarin in 1826, and in the emergence of modern medications, through the identification of codeine in 1832, a drug of widespread use with analgesic and antidiarrheal properties.

  11. Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom

    Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom


    Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom (8 November 1768 – 22 September 1840) was the second daughter of George III and Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

  12. Niuhuru, Empress Quan Cheng

    Niuhuru, Empress Quan Cheng


    Empress Xiaoquancheng (24 March 1808 – 13 February 1840) was the third official spouse and second Empress Consort of the Daoguang Emperor of the Qing Dynasty. She was the birth mother of Daoguang's successor, the Xianfeng Emperor.

  13. Maria Beatrice of Savoy

    Maria Beatrice of Savoy


    Maria Beatrice of Savoy (Maria Beatrice Vittoria Giuseppina; 6 December 1792 – 15 September 1840) was a Princess of Savoy and Duchess of Modena by marriage.

  14. Jeffry Wyattville

    Jeffry Wyattville


    Sir Jeffry Wyatville RA (3 August 1766 – 18 February 1840) was an English architect and garden designer. Born Jeffry Wyatt into an established dynasty of architects, in 1824 he was allowed by King George IV to change his surname to Wyatville (frequently misspelled Wyattville). He is mainly remembered for making alterations and extensions to Chatsworth House and Windsor Castle.

  15. Hiram Pratt

    Hiram Pratt


    Hiram Pratt (June 28, 1800 – April 27, 1840) was an American politician and mayor of Buffalo, New York, serving 1835–1836 and 1839–1840.

  16. Thug Behram

    Thug Behram


    Thug Behra or Buhram (ca 1765–1840), also known as Buhram Jemedar and the 'King of the Thugs', was a leader of the Thuggee cult active in Oudh in northern central India during the late 18th and early 19th century, and is often cited as one of the world's most prolific serial killers. He may have been involved in up to 931 murders by strangulation between 1790–1840 performed with a ceremonial cloth (or rumal, which in Hindi means handkerchief), used by his cult. Behram was executed in 1840 by hanging.

  17. Dingane kaSenzangakhona

    Dingane kaSenzangakhona


    Dingane kaSenzangakhona Zulu (ca. 1795–1840)—commonly referred to as Dingane or Dingaan—was a Zulu chief who became king of the Zulu Kingdom in 1828. He set up his royal capital UmGungundlovu, and one of numerous military encampments or kraals, in the Emakhosini valley just south of the White Umfolozi River on the slope of Lion Hill (Singonyama).

  18. Frances Burney

    Frances Burney


    Frances Burney (1776–1828) was an English playwright and governess.

  19. Nanmadaw Me Nu

    Nanmadaw Me Nu


    Nanmadaw Me Nu (Burmese: နန်းမတော် မယ်နု, 18 June 1783 – 12 May 1840) was the chief queen of King Bagyidaw of Konbaung dynasty of Burma from 1819 to 1837. Married to Bagyidaw (then, Prince of Sagaing) in 1801, Me Nu became queen when Bagyidaw ascended the throne on 5 June 1819, with the title Namadaw Mibaya Khaunggyi (literally, Queen of the Main Palace).

  20. Eliza Fenwick

    Eliza Fenwick


    Eliza Fenwick (1 February 1766 – 8 December 1840) was an English author whose works include, Secresy; or The Ruin on the Rock (1795), as well as several children's books.

  21. Felix Grundy

    Felix Grundy


    Felix Grundy (September 11, 1775 – December 19, 1840) was a congressman and senator from Tennessee and served as the 13th Attorney General of the United States.

  22. Hugh Lawson White

    Hugh Lawson White


    Hugh Lawson White (October 30, 1773 – April 10, 1840) was a prominent American politician during the first third of the 19th century. He succeeded Andrew Jackson and served in the United States Senate, representing Tennessee, from 1825 until his resignation in 1840, and was a Whig candidate for President in 1836. He also served as a state supreme court justice, and president of the Knoxville branch of the Bank of Tennessee.

  23. Daniel Penfield

    Daniel Penfield


    Daniel Penfield (1759 – 1840) was an American merchant and Revolutionary War veteran who is best known for founding the town of Penfield, New York.

  24. José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia

    José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia


    Dr. José Gaspar Rodríguez de Francia y Velasco (January 6, 1766 – September 20, 1840) was a Paraguayan lawyer and politician, and one of the first leaders of Paraguay following its independence from Spain.

  25. François Budan de Boislaurent

    François Budan de Boislaurent


    Ferdinand François Désiré Budan de Boislaurent (28 September 1761 – 6 October 1840) was a French amateur mathematician, best known for a tract, Nouvelle méthode pour la résolution des équations numériques, first published in Paris in 1807, but based on work from 1803.

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