Philadelphia in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
National Funeral For President Washington
Erected 1999 by Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
Location. 39° 57.175′ N, 75° 8.793′ W. Marker is in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia County. Marker is at the intersection of 4th street and Arch Street on 4th street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Philadelphia PA 19106, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Kahal Kodosh Mikveh Israel (within shouting distance of this marker); Benjamin Franklin (within shouting distance of this marker); Arch Street Friends (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Arch Street Meeting House (about 300 feet away); Friends Meeting (about 300 Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. (about 400 feet away); Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society (about 500 feet away); Christ Church Burial Ground (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Philadelphia.
Regarding National Funeral For President Washington. On Thursday, December 12th, 1799 Washington was inspecting his grounds on horseback in a freezing rain at his Mount Vernon estate in Virginia. The following morning, he awoke complaining of a severe sore throat and hoarseness which worsened as the day progressed. At approximately 3 AM Saturday, he awoke his wife Martha, telling her that he felt ill. Several eminent doctors were called who diagnosed Washington with "the quinsy" (probably acute peritonsillar abscess or acute epiglottitis) and treated him by, among other remedies, "bleeding" which most likely only served to further weaken the former President. As the day progressed, Washington's breathing became extremely labored, most likely due to swelling of his epiglottis, and, despite his doctors' efforts, his condition rapidly deteriorated and his breathing became agonal until he finally expired at approximately 10 PM, Saturday
Also see . . .
1. National Funeral For President Washington - Behind the Marker. ExplorePAHistory.com (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
2. George Washington at FindAGrave.com. (Submitted on July 21, 2011, by Mike Wintermantel of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Patriots & Patriotism • War, US Revolutionary •
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