Joseph Addison’s Death – Cause and Date

Born (Birthday)

May 1, 1672

Death Date

June 17, 1719

Age of Death

47 years

Cause of Death


Place of Death

Kensington, London, United Kingdom



The playwright Joseph Addison died at the age of 47. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

A late 17th-century and early 18th-century British author, dramatist, and politician, he is most known for his successful 1712 play, Cato, a Tragedy. Also an important essayist, he co-founded The Spectator magazine with Richard Steele.

He studied Classics at Queen’s College, Oxford. Around 1709, he began contributing numerous essays to a publication called The Tatler.

In 1808, a New York town was re-named in his honor. Once called Middletown, the village is now known as Addison.

He was born in Milston, Wiltshire, England. He had an unhappy marriage to the Countess of Warwick, whose son he had previously tutored.

He founded a political newspaper called The Freeholder, which was harshly criticized by Alexander Pope .



A true critic ought to dwell upon excellencies rather than imperfections, to discover the concealed beauties of a writer, and communicate to the world such things as are worth their observation.

Joseph Addison

Young men soon give, and soon forget, affronts; old age is slow in both.

Joseph Addison

There is not so variable a thing in nature as a lady’s head-dress.

Joseph Addison

There is not a more unhappy being than a superannuated idol.

Joseph Addison

Nothing is more gratifying to the mind of man than power or dominion.

Joseph Addison