J. D. Harris's Death Certificate
Credit: Greg Harris
Original Author: Superintendent W. W. Godding
Created: December 1884
Medium: Death certificate

J. D. Harris’s Death Certificate

This is the official death certificate for J. D. Harris, a fifty-one-year-old African American physician who died on December 25, 1884, at the Government Hospital for the Insane (later Saint Elizabeth's Hospital) in Washington, D.C. The primary cause of death is listed as "Chronic Mania," which he had suffered from for nine and a half years. The immediate cause is cited as "Epileptic Apoplexy." W. W. Godding, the superintendent of the hospital, signed the document.