From eating raw fruit and iced milk
Or so the reports from Washington say.
Hard to believe a man so hale and hearty
Old Rough and Ready we called him
A hero of the Mexican–American War
And just over a year into his presidency
Would perish in just four days
After presiding over July 4th celebrations.
His personal physician blames cholera morbus
An infection of the small intestines
But some will always doubt and wonder
If his position on the slavery question
Inspired some murderous plot.
But now Millard Fillmore will be president.
~ July 9, 1850