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US Presidents that Died in Office

Name the US Presidents that died while still President of the United States
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First submittedFebruary 12, 2016
Last updatedFebruary 21, 2019
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Pneumonia/Typhoid Fever
William Henry Harrison
Cholera/Gastroenteritis
Zachary Taylor
Shot/Assassinated
Abraham Lincoln
Shot/Assassinated
James Garfield
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Shot/Assassinated
William McKinley
Heart Attack/Cerebral Hemorrhage
Warren Harding
Cerebral Hemorrhage/Stroke
Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Shot/Assassinated
John F Kennedy
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level 32
Jun 15, 2016
For some reason, when I was all but done, I sat there staring at the last one, and finally realized it was an easy one (Roosevelt) just in time.
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level 58
Jun 18, 2016
Although it's slightly inappropriate timing, since we in Britain just suffered our first assassination of an MP in centuries, but one reason US Presidents die in office is because of fixed terms. Prime Ministers Campbell-Bannerman and Bonar Law were able to stand down due to illness, as did Eden and Macmillan (although both of those lived on for decades). If Chamberlain hadn't been given a vote of no-confidence in May 1940, he would undoubtedly have resigned later of his own accord, as he died of cancer within that same year. US Presidents don't have that option. One who did, though, was Roosevelt, who should never have stood in 1944.
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level 72
Jun 20, 2016
That does not compute.
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level 79
Apr 2, 2017
US candidates don't stand, they RUN! (Although physically Roosevelt couldn't do either...)
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level 71
Dec 6, 2017
It has been confirmed Zachary Taylor was not poisoned, and he likely died of gastroenteritis and William Henry Harrison likely died of typhoid, not pneumonia.
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level 72
Dec 8, 2017
I don't think it has been officially confirmed on either. Taylor's symptoms were consistent with arsenic poisoning (no foul play), but some say it was gastroenteritis. There is also a theory that the White House water supply gave Harrison Typhoid, and maybe even Taylor and Polk got Typhoid from the White House. I'll add these in to both. Harrison's death is officially pneumonia. (Not because he wasn't wearing a coat, because that's not how you get pneumonia, but from bacteria.)
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level 61
Jan 24, 2019
There have been suggestions that Taylor had died from cholera from the iced milk and cherries he had on July 4. I believed they have exhumed his body and said that he did not die from poisoning, however, that's only what I've heard. I'd think it'd be more as gastroenteritis/cholera rather than poisoning, but that's only me =)
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level 72
Feb 21, 2019
I'll update to gastroenteritis/cholera. Poisoning seems to convey that foul play involved, but that was not my intent in using the word, only that he was poisoned by something he ate. I've read about the cherries and milk as well, interesting.