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Death of President William H. Harrison, in a Washington newspaper...
Item # 686317
April 07, 1841
KENDALL'S EXPOSITOR, Washington, D.C., April 7, 1841
* President William H. Harrison
* Washington D.C. death - John Tyler
This was an uncommon title which lasted but 4 years. The prospectus (not here) notes it was a semi-weekly devoted to "...the security of the right of suffrage by additional laws to punish bribery & fraud...an exposure of abuses & corruptions in government..." and more.
Amos Kendall was Postmaster General under Andrew Jackson, later publishing this small, bi-weekly newspaper from 1841-1844 He was very pro-democrat and anti-Whig.
Near the back is more than a full page taken up with text concerning the death of Wm. H. Harrison and the report on his successor, John Tyler. The Harrison article is black-bordered & headed: "DEATH OF THE PRESIDENT" then: "This melancholy event occurred on Sunday morning lat, the 4th instant...REPORT OF THE PHYSICIANS...President Harrison, after several day' preview indisposition, was seized with a chill & other symptoms of fever. The next day pneumonia, with congestion of the liver & derangement of the stomach & bowels, was ascertained to list. The age & debility...forbade a resort to general blood-letting...Finally on the 3d of April, at 3 o'clock P.M., profuse diarrhea came on, under which he sank, at 30 minutes to 1 o'clock...The last words uttered by the President...were these: 'Sir, I wish you to understand the true principles of the government. I wish them carried out I ask nothing more.' "
More content, than a report beginning: "JOHN TYLER, the Vice President, will now be the acting President...".
Great to have this detailed account in a newspaper from the nation's capital, where he died.
Complete in 16 pages, 5 3/4 by 8 3/4 inches, nice condition.
Category: Pre-Civil War