December 14, 1799
WASHINGTON DIES AT MT. VERNON
The former president was suffering from an inflamed sore throat & cold.
Mr. Washington was attended by Doctors Craik, Dick & Brown.
Reports say that the President died just before midnight. His last words were "It is well."**
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time but it is believed President Washington will be buried at Mt. Vernon.
*George Washington (1732-1799) was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia to Augustine & Mary Ball Washington.
He began his military career in 1753 as a major in the Virginia Militia.
After service in the French & Indian War, Washington became Commander in Chief of the Continental Army in the Revolutionary War.
He was president of the Constitutional Convention & elected the 1st President of the United States in 1789. He was re-elected in 1793.
**According to Mike Purdy, this was the last entry in Washington's journal, dated Dec 14, 1799:
"Morning snowing, & about 3 inches deep. Wind at ne, & mercury at 30. Continued snowing till one o'clock, & about four it became perfectly clear. Wind at the same place, but not hard. Mercury 28 at night."
Mount Vernon, Virginia
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