How Did Florence Nightingale Die?


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An invalid after the Crimean War, nurse Florence Nightingale suffered ill health for years before succumbing to old age at the age of 90 on Aug. 15, 1910. She was known as "The Soldier's Friend" and "The Queen of Nurses."

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According to The New York Times, Florence Nightingale celebrated her 90th birthday on May 12, 1910 and was congratulated by then-King George of England. The last honor she received was the Freedom of the City of London, bestowed upon her in 1908. She was given the English Order of Merit by King Edward in 1907. Florence Nightingale is famous for her work during the Crimean War, in which she was given control over the organization of corps of nurses. Prior to her appointment, there were no women nurses in military hospitals during the early part of the Crimean War.

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