Crime History, July 17: Congressman dies from suspicious D.C. hotel affliction

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On this day, July 17, in 1858, Rep. John Quitman died at his home in Mississippi from the mysterious effects of what was called the National Hotel Disease, contracted a year earlier in the District. It is disputed whether the affliction was food poisoning or an attempt to poison the powerful boarders of the plush […]