How old was George Washington when he died?


Quick Answer

At the age of 67, George Washington died of epiglottitis after spending 50 years, nearly his entire adult life, serving his country. He was buried in a vault at his Mount Vernon home.

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On Dec. 12, 1799, Washington was caught in a cold winter rain while supervising his plantation on horseback. He was late coming home and refused to change out of his wet clothes. The next morning, he woke with a sore throat, but still insisted on working outside in the snow. Early on Dec. 14, he woke unable to breathe and sent for the doctor. After four doctors tried a variety of treatments, including bleeding and blistering, the first president died late that evening.

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