Vax Facts Friday 2.19.21
Q: Which president contracted smallpox a short time before delivering a famous speech?
A. George Washington
B. Abraham Lincoln
C. Grover Cleveland
D. Thomas Jefferson
The correct answer is B. Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln became ill with smallpox a few days before delivering the Gettysburg Address. Current research suggests that the severity of Lincoln’s illness was downplayed by his doctor to prevent the public from worrying that their president was dying.
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