George Washington

How They Croaked By: Jozy Phillips

First President of The United States

George Washington

Born February 22, 1732

Died December 14, 1799

Lived to be 67 years old

How He Died

George Washington died by an infection on that small piece of real estate on his large body the inside of his mouth. He most likely died of epiglottitis, which is an infection on the flap of skin at the back of the tongue that protects the windpipe.

About Washington...

George Washington was our first President of the United States. He was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, February 22, 1799 and died in Mount Vernon, Virginia, December 14, 1799 he was 67 years old when he died. Someone so powerful was taken be something so small. George Washington had rotten teeth and had a serious infection, he had carbuncles, abscesses and other gross-sounding things that had to be lanced, removed, or otherwise severely dealt with all in his mouth. He had dentures for most of his life, they were so unbelievably icky that they were on display in a museum.

President George Washington's Death

George Washington was The United States first president. Washington’s dentist was anyone with a pair of pliers, and all his dental work was done without any medicine to kill the pain, because it hadn’t been invented yet.

Washington had a wife named Martha and had a secretary named Tobias Lear. Also there was No medicine or technology, when Washington got sick, because it has not been invented yet. Although they had something called ‘Bloodletting’ where they took a sharp, double-edged knife, called a ‘bloodletting blade’, and cut deep into a vein in Washington’s arm so that his blood flowed out into a bowl. That was performed on sick people for about a gajillion years. Doctors supposedly thought bad blood accumulated and stagnated in the body and needed to be removed. They also had things called ‘Blister-beetle treatment’ where they ground up highly poisonous beetles and smear them all over the neck of George.

Vocabulary

Epiglottitis: An infection on the flap of skin at the back of the tongue that protects the windpipe.


Tartar emetic: A poisonous crystalline compound used in medicine as an expectorant and in the treatment of parasitic infections, such as schistosomiasis.


Antibiotics: A chemical substance produced by a microorganism, which has the capacity to inhibit the growth of or to kill other microorganisms; antibiotics sufficiently nontoxic to the host are used in the treatment of infectious diseases.


Stagnated: The retardation or cessation of the flow of blood in the blood vessels, as in passive congestion.


Inaugural: Marking the beginning of an institution, activity, or period of office.