Unlike today's media, newspapers two-hundred years ago covered the
deaths of early America's personalities in a Spartan-like style,
offering just the facts and, oftentimes, not much more.
While most of early America's luminaries were famous, not all of them
were rich. John Paul Jones, as an example, is often referred to as the
father of the American Navy. Yet he died in poverty, requiring a friend
to raise enough money to provide for his burial.
We have culled our archives of obituaries to show you how early
America reported the deaths of its most famous citizens. This list will
continue to expand, so check in from time to time.