Ben Franklin’s Death


Benjamin Franklin died from sitting in front of a window. It happened on April 17, 1790. Franklin was a big believer in fresh air, even in the middle of winter. Every night, he slept with the window open, no matter how cold it might be.

Franklin wrote, “I rise almost every morning and sit in my chamber without any clothes, whatsoever, regardless of the season.”

April of 1790 was no different for the 84-year-old statesman. He developed an abscess in his lungs, which his doctor attributed to his many hours before the open window. The abscess burst on April 17, sending Ben into a coma. He died a few hours later.

I’m sure that Ben would have closed the window if he knew then what we know now. After all, he was a very healthy man. We could have used his wisdom today.

Think of it. Benjamin Franklin would be over 200 years old now, if only he had closed the window.

Actually, the Bible says, “It is appointed to man once to die, and then the judgement” (Hebrews 9:27). You don’t know when or how you will die. So concentrate on how you will live, instead. And close the window before you go to bed.


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