The death of Jack Daniel

October 10, 1911
Lynchburg, Tennessee
Jack Daniel, whiskey magnate, dies of blood poisoning

A legend surrounding Daniel’s death involves his safe. According to legend, he would often forget the combination and, in frustration, would kick it. One of these kicks in 1906 is said to have injured his toe, causing him to walk with a limp. The limp worsened over time and an infection was discovered. The infection led to gangrene which led to amputation but the infection was still present, progressing through his body and eventually leading to his death. Biographer Peter Krass, however, disputes this legend.

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