Famous People's Cause of Death Harriet Beecher Stowe

About the famous American author Harriet Beecher Stowe, biography, history and cause of death.

POSTMORTEMS--WHAT THEY DIED FROM

HARRIET BEECHER STOWE

Born: June 14, 1811

Died: July 1, 1896

Cause of Death: Old age

Physician's Notes: The first American woman journalist and the author of Uncle Tom's Cabin, she has often been accused of single-handedly starting the Civil War. She was a frail woman, prone to mysterious fits of absentmindedness. She claimed it was a physical infirmity--that her mind would shut itself off when confronted with the pain of her life, which had been filled with tragedy. Besides losing many children to disease and accidents, she was destitute most of her life. At 79 she suffered a mild stroke and said of herself, ". . . finally, from sheer fatigue and exhaustion in the march and strife of life, [my brain] gave out before the end was reached." She flitted around in a mindless bliss and experienced few rational days during the last three years of her life. Two weeks after her 85th birthday, her frail existence was reduced to a mere flicker and then expired.

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