Robert Smalls Death Cause and Date

Robert Smalls' Death

Born (Birthday) April 5, 1839

Death Date February 23, 1915

Age of Death 75 years

Cause of Death Diabetes

Profession War Hero

The war hero Robert Smalls died at the age of 75. Here is all you want to know, and more!

Biography - A Short Wiki

Remembered for an American Civil War-era act of bravery in which he took over a Confederate vessel (the CSS Planter) and sailed himself and several other enslaved people to freedom in the North, he is also notable for his post-war political career.

The son of Lydia Polite, he spent his youth as a slave of Beaufort, South Carolina plantation owner Henry McKee. Smalls’ marriage to Hannah Jones began in 1856 and produced a daughter named Elizabeth and a son named Robert, Jr.