June 17, 1991

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! In 1991 dead President Zachary Taylor’s body was exhumed to test how he died. He died quite suddenly from a stomach related illness on July 9, 1850. There were rumors that he was poisoned by pro-slavery people, but the tests done during the exhumation showed there was no poison in his body. It was more likely that he was killed by doctors who used excessive amounts of ipecac, calomel, opium and quinine in several attempts to cure his fever and intestinal distress. In the 1850s doctors were as apt to kill a man as the disease.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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