|Mt. Vernon behind the sign for the house tour|
SOME BACKGROUND ABOUT GEORGE WASHINGTON'S PASSING from a Doctor, blogging on Salon.com. Source: http://open.salon.com/blog/michael_hebert/2009/02/16/what_killed_george_washington
Joseph Ellis' biography His Excellency: George Washington includes many fascinating details about the life of our first president, including the account of the president’s death in 1799, at the age of 67.
|Swearing in of Pres. Washington- Mt. Vernon Exhibit|
One morning in mid-December 1799, Washington went out, as it was his daily habit, on horseback from his home to inspect his Mount Vernon property. That particular day the weather was very cold and there was an ice storm. It is said that Washington spent five hours out in freezing rain, then returned home and dined with guests in his wet clothes because he did not want to keep them waiting. The next day he complained of a sore throat and was hoarse, but otherwise appeared well. The following night he awakened Martha to tell her that he felt a severe pain in his throat, and was having trouble breathing.
|George and Martha Washington's tomb on the grounds|