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The National was once the grandest hotel in the capital. In 1857, it twice hosted President-elect James Buchanan and his advisors, and on both occasions, most of the party was quickly stricken by an acute illness. Over the course of several months, hundreds fell ill, and over thirty died from what became known as the National Hotel disease. Buchanan barely recovered enough to give his inauguration speech. Rumors ran rampant across the city and the nation. Some claimed that the illness was born of a sewage “effluvia,” while others darkly speculated about an assassination attempt by either abolitionists or southern slaveowners intent on war. Author Kerry Walters investigates the mysteries of the National Hotel disease. [From the publisher]

ISBN

9781626196384

Publication Date

10-2014

Publisher

The History Press

City

Charleston, SC

Keywords

National Hotel, James Buchanan, The National, Washington DC, President

Disciplines

History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Political History | Social History | United States History

Department

Philosophy

Comments

The introduction to Kerry Walters' book is available for download.

Required Publisher's Statement

Original version is available from the publisher at: https://historypress.net/catalogue/bookstore/books/Outbreak-in-Washington,-D.C./9781626196384