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Tuesday, March 17, 2009

How did George Washington die?

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Why: Zack just said he hates the people who murdered George Washington, but then clarified that his death was due to incompetent doctors.

Answer: The White House says he died of a throat infection on Dec. 14, 1799. Modern doctors believe that Washington died largely because of his treatment, which included calomel and bloodletting, resulting in a combination of shock from the loss of five pints of blood, as well as asphyxia and dehydration.

Source: Wikipedia

The More You Know: Upon his death, Napoleon ordered 10 days of mourning throughout France. To protect their privacy, Martha Washington burned all correspondence between her and George. Today, only three letters between them survive.

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