The Case for Clean Drinking Water

Harrison on his death bed (from Free Historic Stock Photos)
In an article By Jane McHugh and Philip A. Mackowiak in today's edition of the NY Time, President Harrison, known to be the shortest-serving U.S. president, serving only about a month before his untimely death, officially due to pneumonia, may have died of god-awful Salmonella.

Apparently in D.C. around the 1840's there was not proper sewage treatment, and all of the poopy water collected in a marsh near the White House. Bacteria may have collected in the manure marsh, creating a deadly pathogen, which may have been the cause of Harrison's demise.

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