An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 Character Descriptions

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Dr. Benjamin Rush - This person developed a radical treatment process for the yellow fever that involved bloodletting and giving patients mercury and the root of a poisonous plant.

Mayor Matthew Clarkson - This person was the only government leader who stayed and dealt with the problems in the city of Philadelphia during the plague.

President George Washington - This person was preoccupied with foreign affairs when the plague first struck and was out of touch with government affairs for six weeks while the plague raged in Philadelphia.

Thomas Jefferson - This person was the Secretary of State when the plague hit Philadelphia.

Edmond Charles Genet - This person was the French minister who wanted Americans to help France with their revolution.

The Reverend J. Henry C. Helmuth - This person believed the plague was a punishment sent by God because of the increased drinking and gambling...

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