Weird History Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death  

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Dying words of famous people seem to be a little bit more poetic than the typical dying utterances of the common folk. Whether they've got the money and influence to be afforded the time to gather their thoughts, or because they're just plain cooler than many of us, there exist some memorable dying words from some very famous people. 

Granted, in order to record someone's final words, there has to be some normality and/or convenience to the person's death; for the most part, you'll not find any of these famous historical figures on the list of bizarre deaths from the 19th or even the 20th century. These notable historical figures died in bed, or in battle, or were somehow able to get their dying thoughts across to someone for recording on a list of last words of famous people.

What are some of the most memorable last words from famous people? What are the best dying words ever recorded? Some of the most notable last words of historical figures are recorded here on this list of famous final words. Make sure to upvote your favorites!
George Washington is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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George Washington


"It is well, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go."

George Washington, US President

George Washington was the first President of the United States, the Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. He presided over the convention that drafted the United States Constitution, which replaced the ...more

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Age: Died at 67 (1732-1799)

Birthplace: Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Westmoreland County, + more

Profession: Surveyor, Politician, Soldier, Military Officer, Farmer, + more

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#1 on The Most Important Military Leaders In US History

#31 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#3 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#8 on The Most Beloved US Veterans

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John Sedgwick is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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General John Sedgewick


"They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist..."

General John Sedgwick, Union Commander

John Sedgwick was a teacher, a career military officer, and a Union Army general in the American Civil War. He was the highest ranking Union casualty in the Civil War, killed by a sharpshooter at the Battle of Spotsylvania Court House. ...more

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Age: Died at 51 (1813-1864)

Birthplace: Cornwall, Connecticut, United States of America

Cause Of Death: Firearm

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Louis XIV of France is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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Louis XIV


"Why do you weep. Did you think I was immortal?"

Louis XIV, King of France

Louis XIV, known as Louis the Great or the Sun King, was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who ruled as King of France from 1643 until his death. His reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest of any monarch of a major country in European history. Louis began his personal rule of France in 1661 ...more

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Age: Died at 77 (1638-1715)

Birthplace: Ch√Ęteau de Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France

Cause Of Death: Gangrene

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Winston Churchill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Dying Words: Last Words Spoken By Famous People At Death
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Winston Churchill


"I'm bored with it all."

Winston Churchill, statesman

Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill, KG, OM, CH, TD, DL, FRS, RA was a British politician who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century, Churchill was also an officer in the ...more

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Age: Died at 91 (1874-1965)

Birthplace: Blenheim Palace, United Kingdom

Profession: Statesman, Painter, Politician, Journalist, Orator, + more

Cause Of Death: Stroke

Credits: Young Winston, Churchill's People, The First World War, The Finest Hours

Also Ranked

#7 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#45 on The Most Influential People of All Time

#27 on The Most Important Leaders in World History

#42 on Famous Role Models We'd Like to Meet In Person

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