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Why did John Harrington invent the toilet?

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John Harrington invented the toilet in order to dispose of excrement that was, at that time, poisoning the state, according to Today I Found Out. The toilet he invented worked by pulling a cord that allowed water to rush from the water closet to flush away the waste.

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History Today states that Harrington installed one of the toilets he invented at his country home in Kelston, England. The device emptied itself and contained a pan with a seat. Water was pumped into a tank above, and every time the seat was turned, water would sweep the contents of the pan into a cesspool located underneath. Even though he was not the first person to invent a toilet, his unique invention was an innovation in Britain, and it was widely believed that he is the one who invented the flushing toilet, according to Today I Found Out. This explains why the modern flushing toilet is sometimes referred to as a john. History Today also states that John Harrington went ahead and installed one of his toilets for Queen Elizabeth I at her Richmond Palace. The queen was not impressed by the gesture because as a wealthy person, she had servants to carry waste out of her residence.

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