List of famous people who died in 1903

List of celebrities who died in 1903
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  1. Apolinario Mabini

    Apolinario Mabini


    Apolinario Mabini y Maranan (July 23, 1864 — May 13, 1903) was a Filipino revolutionary leader, educator, lawyer, and statesman who served as the first Prime Minister of the Philippines, serving first under the Revolutionary Government, and then under the First Philippine Republic.

  2. Alois Hitler

    Alois Hitler


    Alois Hitler, Sr. (born Alois Schicklgruber; 7 June 1837 – 3 January 1903) was an Austrian civil servant and the father of Adolf Hitler.

  3. José Palma

    José Palma


    José Palma y Velasquez (3 June 1876 – 12 February 1903) was a Filipino poet and soldier. He was on the staff of La Independencia at the time he wrote «Filipinas», a patriotic poem in Spanish. It was published for the first time in the issue of the first anniversary of La Independencia on 3 September 1899. The poem fit the instrumental tune Marcha Nacional Filipina by Julian Felipe, and it has since been the basis for every translation of the Philippine National Anthem.

  4. Calamity Jane

    Calamity Jane


    Martha Jane Canary or Cannary (May 1, 1852 – August 1, 1903), better known as Calamity Jane, was an American frontierswoman and professional scout known for her claim of being an acquaintance of Wild Bill Hickok and fighting Indians. She is said to have also exhibited kindness and compassion, especially to the sick and needy. This contrast helped make her a noted frontier figure.

  5. Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (1895–1903)

    Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (1895–1903)


    Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (Prinzessin Elisabeth Marie Alice Viktoria von Hessen und bei Rhein) ( 11 March 1895 – 16 November 1903) was the only daughter of Ernst Ludwig, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine and his first wife, Princess Victoria Melita of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. She was named after her paternal great-grandmother, who was born Princess Elisabeth of Prussia. Her paternal aunt, Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (1864–1918), had the same name and was also nicknamed Ella. Elisabeth's early death was rumored to be a result of poison meant for her uncle, Tsar Nicholas II, but the court physician said she died of virulent typhoid, probably caused by her taking a drink of water from a contaminated stream.

  6. Ed Delahanty

    Ed Delahanty


    Edward James Delahanty (October 30, 1867 – July 2, 1903), nicknamed "Big Ed", was a Major League Baseball player from 1888 to 1903 for the Philadelphia Phillies, Cleveland Infants and Washington Senators. He was known as one of the game's early power hitters. Delahanty won a batting title, batted over .400 three times, and has the fifth-highest batting average in MLB history. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1945. He died under uncertain circumstances in Niagara Falls after being kicked off of a train while intoxicated.

  7. Jeronim de Rada

    Jeronim de Rada


    Geronimo de Rada (Arbërisht: Jeronim de Rada; 1814–1903) was an Albanian writer of Italo-Albanian literature. Of Arbëreshë descent he was the foremost figure of the Albanian National Awakening in 19th century Italy.

  8. Christian Johansson

    Christian Johansson


    Christian Johansson (May 20, 1817 – December 12, 1903) was a teacher, choreographer and coaching balletmaster for the Russian Imperial Ballet. Born Pehr Christian Johansson in Stockholm, Sweden, he moved to Russia as a dancer and stayed on as one of the most important teachers in Russian history. He is remembered in Russia as exemplifying the artistic beauty of the male dancer. He began teaching in 1860 and by 1869, had become the leading ballet instructor at the Imperial Ballet School. He stayed there until his death in 1903. Johansson studied under Bournonville and partnered the great ballerina Marie Taglioni.

  9. Charles Fritts

    Charles Fritts


    Charles Fritts (1850 – 1903) was the American inventor credited with creating the first working Selenium Cell in 1883.

  10. Olive Oatman

    Olive Oatman


    Olive Oatman (1837 – March 20, 1903) was a woman from Illinois whose family was killed in 1851, when she was fourteen, in today's Arizona by a Native American tribe, possibly the Tolkepayas (Western Yavapai); they captured and enslaved her and her sister and later sold them to the Mohave people. After several years with the Mohave, during which her sister died of hunger, she returned to American society, five years after being carried off.

  11. Benjamin Franklin Jones (Pittsburgh industrialist)

    Benjamin Franklin Jones (Pittsburgh industrialist)


    Benjamin Franklin Jones, Sr. (August 8, 1824 – May 19, 1903) was a pioneer of the iron and steel industry in Pittsburgh. Originally involved in the river barge industry, he purchased a share in American Iron Works in 1851, along with Bernard Lauth. He later joined with James H. Laughlin to form Jones and Laughlin Steel Company, a steel mill heavily dependent on river transportation. The B.F. Jones Memorial Library in Aliquippa Pennsylvania, the site of J&L Steel's Aliquippa Works, was built in his honor with funds donated by his daughter.

  12. Sabino Arana

    Sabino Arana


    Sabino Arana Goiri, self-styled as Arana ta Goiri'taŕ Sabin, (January 26, 1865 – November 25, 1903), was a SpanishBasque writer. He was the founder of the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) and father of Basque nationalism.

  13. George Chapman

    George Chapman


    George W. Chapman (8 October 1920 – April 1998) is an English former professional footballer who scored 12 goals from 43 appearances in the Football League playing for Brighton & Hove Albion. Born in Linton, Derbyshire, he began his career with West Bromwich Albion, but played only matches in the wartime competitions for that club, never in the League. He was Brighton's top scorer in the 1946–47 season with 10 goals in all competitions. Chapman played as an inside left.

  14. George Chapman (murderer)

    George Chapman (murderer)


    George Chapman (December 14, 1865 – April 7, 1903) was a Polish serial killer known as the Borough Poisoner. Born Seweryn Antonowicz Kłosowski in Congress Poland, he moved as an adult to England, where he committed his crimes. He was convicted and executed after poisoning three women, but is remembered today mostly because some authorities suspected him of being the notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper.

  15. Harriet Lane

    Harriet Lane


    Harriet Rebecca Lane Johnston (May 9, 1830 – July 3, 1903), acted as First Lady of the United States during the presidency of her uncle, lifelong bachelor James Buchanan, from 1857 to 1861. Among the handful of women who have served as first lady while not being married to the president, she is by far the best known. (Most of the other women were relatives of widowed presidents.)

  16. Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet

    Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet


    Sir George Gabriel Stokes, 1st Baronet, PRS (stks; 13 August 1819 – 1 February 1903), was a mathematician, physicist, politician and theologian. Born in Ireland, Stokes spent all of his career at University of Cambridge, where he served as the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics from 1849 until his death in 1903. Stokes made seminal contributions to fluid dynamics (including the Navier–Stokes equations), optics, and mathematical physics (including the first version of what is now known as Stokes' theorem). He was secretary, then president, of the Royal Society.

  17. Chicken Wolf

    Chicken Wolf


    William Van Winkle "Jimmy" Wolf (May 12, 1862 – May 16, 1903), also known as Chicken Wolf, was an American professional baseball player from Louisville, Kentucky. He played all or part of eleven seasons in Major League Baseball. He was primarily a right fielder, but occasionally played other positions in the infield.

  18. Alexander Bain

    Alexander Bain


    Alexander Bain (12 October 1810 – 2 January 1877) was a Scottish inventor and engineer who was first to invent and patent the electric clock. He installed the railway telegraph lines between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

  19. Angami Zapu Phizo

    Angami Zapu Phizo


    Angami Zapu Phizo (1903-1990) was a Naga leader and militant. Under his influence, the Naga National Council inclined towards seeking secession from India through terrorism and armed revolution. The Naga secessionist groups regard him as the "Father of the Nagas". He was responsible for killing many Indian government officials and unrest in the Indian state of Nagaland.

  20. Paul Gauguin

    Paul Gauguin


    Eugène Henri Paul Gauguin (7 June 1848 – 8 May 1903) was a French Post-Impressionist artist who was not well appreciated until after his death. Gauguin was later recognized for his experimental use of color and synthetist style that were distinguishably different from Impressionism. His work was influential to the French avant-garde and many modern artists, such as Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse. Gauguin’s art became popular after his death; partially from the efforts of art dealer Ambroise Vollard who organized exhibitions of his work late in his career, as well as assisting in organizing two important posthumous exhibitions in Paris. Many of his paintings were in the possession of Russian collector Sergei Shchukin as well as other important collections.

  21. Andy Leonard

    Andy Leonard


    Andrew Jackson Leonard (June 1, 1846 – August 21, 1903) played left field for the original Cincinnati Red Stockings, the first fully professional baseball team. He was one of five men to play regularly for both the Cincinnati and the Boston Red Stockings, the latter winning six championships during his seven seasons. He played several infield positions on lesser teams in his early twenties but left field was his regular professional position.

  22. Eilley Bowers

    Eilley Bowers


    Alison "Eilley" Oram Bowers (September 6, 1826 – October 27, 1903) was a Scottish American woman who was, in her time, one of the richest women in the United States, and owner of the Bowers Mansion, one of the largest houses in the western United States. A farmer's daughter, Bowers married as a teenager, and her husband converted to Mormonism before the couple immigrated to the United States. After briefly living in Nauvoo, Illinois, she became an early Nevada pioneer, farmer and miner, and was made a millionaire by the Comstock Lode mining boom. Married and divorced two times, she married a third time and became a mother of three children but outlived them all.

  23. Buatier De Kolta

    Buatier De Kolta


    Buatier de Kolta ( Joseph Buatier; b. 1845, Caluire-et-Cuire (Rhône, France); d. 1903) was a French magician who performed throughout the latter part of the 1800s in England and America. Buatier de Kolta was a contemporary of fellow French magician Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin. Many of his illusions, such as multiplying steel balls, the expanding die and the vanishing bird cage, are performed by magicians today.

  24. Abram Hewitt

    Abram Hewitt


    Abram Stevens Hewitt (July 31, 1822 – January 18, 1903) was a teacher, lawyer, an iron manufacturer, chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1876 to 1877, U.S. Congressman, and a mayor of New York City. He was the son-in-law of Peter Cooper (1791–1883), an industrialist, inventor and philanthropist. He is best known for his work with the Cooper Union, which he aided Peter Cooper in founding in 1859, and for planning the financing and construction of the first subway line of the New York City Subway, for which he is considered the "Father of the New York City Subway System".

  25. Gotse Delchev

    Gotse Delchev


    Georgi Nikolov Delchev (Bulgarian/Macedonian: Георги/Ѓорѓи Николов Делчев, known as Gotse Delchev, also spelled Goce Delčev, Cyrillic: Гоце Делчев, originally spelled in older Bulgarian orthography: Гоце Дѣлчевъ; 1872–1903) was an important revolutionary figure in Ottoman-ruled Macedonia and Thrace at the turn of the 20th century. He was one of the leaders of what is known today as Internal Macedonian Revolutionary Organization (IMRO), a paramilitary organization active in the Ottoman territories in Europe at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century.

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