Can you imagine how scary it must have been for America after William
Henry Harrison caught cold and died? He was the first president to die
in office. Which was totally his own dumb fault, since he insisted on
giving the longest inauguration speech in history, on a cold and rainy
day no less and he was not exactly a spring chicken if you know what I
mean. But America didn't have a plan, Wigleaf! No plan at all! We were
still a fumbling-around nation back then. I mean, the Constitution
didn't even say if John Tyler could be president or just acting
president, though eventually we figured it all out and then after he
was done being president he was elected to the Confederate Congress and
so America didn't even officially mourn him when he died. I guess we
thought he was kind of a dick.
I wonder how many people have done really important things and then
when they died the only thing people could think was, wow, what a dick
that guy was.
Probably a lot of us. Probably all of us.
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Read AS's story, "Vesuvius."
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