The Death of George Washington


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George Washington's Death Bed

This is a touching illustration showing George Washington on his death bed, surrounded by friends and family. On December 12, 1799, Washington spent several hours inspecting his property on horseback. The weather was bad, with snow, hail and freezing rain. He sat down to supper that evening without changing his wet clothes. The next morning, he awoke with a bad cold, fever and a throat infection that turned into acute laryngitis and pneumonia. Washington died on the evening of December 14, 1799, at his home aged 67. It was recorded that the Last Words of George Washington were, "It is Well".



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