|American Minute with Bill FedererEpidemic of CHOLERA – 150,000 died – President Zachary Taylor declared day of Fasting|
From the beginning of recorded history, 100’s of millions have died from the epidemics of:
the Bubonic Plague, Typhoid, Typhus, Smallpox, Yellow Fever, Spanish Flu, Malaria, Measles, and AIDS.
By the early 1800’s, the British Empire had grown to be the largest empire in world history, controlling over 13 million square miles and ruling over a half billion people, including the jewel of the Empire – India.
As a result, some contracted a water-born disease called cholera.
It was the first truly global disease, killing tens of millions in crowded cities in:
In Russia alone, cholera killed over one million people, including the famous composer, Tchaikovsky.
In 1832, Asiatic Cholera outbreak gripped New York.
Henry Clay asked for a Joint Resolution of Congress to request that President Jackson set:
“A Day of Public Humiliation, Prayer and Fasting to be observed by the people of the United States with religious solemnity.”
8,000 died of cholera in Cincinnati and 3,000 killed in New Orleans.
Harriett Beecher Stowe’s infant son succumbed to cholera, as well as former 11th U.S. President James K. Polk.
Cholera spread along the Oregon Trail to the Pacific Northwest and the Mormon Trail to Utah.
In total, an estimated 150,000 American died from cholera.
“At a season when the providence of God has manifested itself in the visitation of a fearful pestilence which is spreading itself throughout the land,
it is fitting that a people whose reliance has ever been in His protection should humble themselves before His throne,
It is therefore earnestly recommended that the first Friday in August be observed throughout the United States as a Day of Fasting, Humiliation, and Prayer…
and to implore the Almighty in His own good time to stay the destroying hand which is now lifted up against us.”
New Jersey Governor Daniel Haines proclaimed a day of prayer and fasting which was published in the Paterson Intelligencer, August 1, 1849:
“Whereas the President of the United States, inconsideration of the prevailing pestilence, has set…a Day of Fasting…
that abstaining from their worldly pursuits, they assemble…with humble confession of sin… and fervently… implore the Almighty Ruler of the Universe, to remove us from the scourge…and speedily…restore to us the inestimable blessing of health.”
“St. Louis was a fast-growing city of 75,000, with immigrants arriving by the steamboat-load. It also had no sewer system…
More than 120 died of cholera in April 1849…
The toll grew six-fold in May… reached 2,200 in July…
The worst death rates were in the slums on the north and south ends of present-day downtown, where bodies were buried in ditches…
Cholera killed at least 6 percent of the city’s population…
The official death toll was 4,317…”
After President Taylor’s Day of Fasting was observed August 3, 1849, Tim O’Neil wrote:
“The number of deaths dropped suddenly in August.”
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