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Famous Men Killed in a Duel

Updated July 19, 2021 27.4k views26 items

Whether with pistols or swords, here is a list of people who were killed in duels. These famous men killed in a duel were notable for other reasons, but when a challenge was laid down they accepted and ultimately lost. Former president Andrew Jackson killed someone in a duel, and First Secretary of the treasury Alexander Hamilton famously lost in a duel with Aaron Burr. Feel free to sort the list by name, profession or date of birth.

Who are some famous men killed in a duel? These famous duelists unfortunately for them, met their match and died by the hand of the sword. What's the old adage, you win some you lose some?

  • AgeDec. at 38 (1799-1837)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Aleksandr Pushkin was mortally wounded defending his wife’s honor in a duel forced on him by influential enemies in 1837.

    Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin (English: ; Russian: Александр Сергеевич Пушкин, tr. Aleksándr Sergéyevich Púshkin, IPA: [ɐlʲɪˈksandr sʲɪrˈɡʲe(j)ɪvʲɪtɕ ˈpuʂkʲɪn] (listen); 6 June [O.S. 26 May] 1799 –...  more

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  • AgeDec. at 47 (1757-1804)

    BirthplaceCharlestown, Saint Kitts and Nevis

    In one of the most famous duels in American history, Alexander Hamilton was fatally shot by long-time political antagonist Vice President Aaron Burr in 1804.

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  • AgeDec. at 32 (1787-1819)

    BirthplaceVirginia, United States of America

    U.S. Senator from Virginia- 1819
    Armistead Thomson Mason (August 4, 1787 – February 6, 1819), the son of Stevens Thomson Mason, was a U.S. Senator from Virginia from 1816 to 1817. Mason was also the second-youngest person to ever...  more
  • Button Gwinnett


    AgeDec. at 42 (1735-1777)

    BirthplaceGloucester, United Kingdom

    Signer of the Declaration of Independence � 1777
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  • Charles Dickinson



    By f*ture President Andrew Jackson � 1806
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  • Charles Mohun, 4th Baron Mohun


    AgeDec. at 37 (1675-1712)

    In Hyde Park, London — 1712
    Charles Mohun, 4th Baron Mohun (c. 1675 – 15 November 1712) was an English politician best known for his frequent participation in duels and for his reputation as a rake. He was killed in the...  more
  • AgeDec. at 39 (1820-1859)

    BirthplaceContiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Area code 202

    U.S. Senator from California � 1859
    David Colbreth Broderick (February 4, 1820 – September 16, 1859) was an attorney and politician, elected by the legislature as Democratic U.S. Senator from California. Born in Washington, DC, to...  more
  • Felice Cavallotti


    AgeDec. at 56 (1842-1898)

    BirthplaceMilan, Italy

    Italian radical leader � 1898
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  • Ferdinand Lassalle


    AgeDec. at 39 (1825-1864)

    BirthplaceWrocław, Poland

    German socialist leader � 1864
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  • Francis Talbot, 11th Earl of Shrewsbury


    AgeDec. at 45 (1623-1668)

    By the Duke of Buckingham — 1668
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  • AgeDec. at 61 (1782-1843)

    BirthplaceMaryland, United States of America

    U.S. Senator from Louisiana � 1843
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  • George Lockhart


    AgeDec. at 58 (1673-1731)

    Scottish politician and writer
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  • Henry Wharton Conway


    AgeDec. at 34 (1793-1827)

    BirthplaceGreeneville, Tennessee, United States of America

    Arkansas politician � 1827
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  • AgeDec. at 54 (1658-1712)

    BirthplaceHamilton Palace, Hamilton, Canada

    In Hyde Park, London — 1712
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  • John Scott



    BirthplaceAyr, United Kingdom

    Founder and editor of the London Magazine � 1821
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  • Jonathan Cilley


    AgeDec. at 36 (1802-1838)

    BirthplaceNottingham, New Hampshire, United States of America

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  • Lucius M. Walker


    AgeDec. at 34 (1829-1863)

    BirthplaceColumbia, Tennessee

    Confederate Civil War general � 1863
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  • AgeDec. at 27 (1814-1841)

    BirthplaceMoscow, Russia

    Poet � 1841
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  • Peter Tordenskjold


    AgeDec. at 30 (1690-1720)

    BirthplaceTrondheim, Norway

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  • Peter Simpson


    AgeDec. at 76 (1871-1947)

    English Painter� 1837
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  • AgeDec. at 44 (1758-1802)

    BirthplaceNew Bern, North Carolina, United States of America

    Delegate to the Continental Congress and Governor of North Carolina
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  • Robert Lyon


    AgeDec. at 59 (1829-1888)

    Last Canadian duelling fatality � 1833
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  • Samuel Hamilton Walker


    AgeDec. at 30 (1817-1847)

    BirthplaceToaping Castle, Maryland

    Texas Ranger and U.S. Army officer � 1847
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  • Stephen Decatur


    AgeDec. at 41 (1779-1820)

    BirthplaceSinepuxent, Maryland

    American naval hero � 1820
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  • AgeDec. at 21 (1811-1832)

    BirthplaceBourg-la-Reine, France

    Mathematician- 1832
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