There were 10 days of temperatures above 90 °F (32 °C) with 90 percent humidity. The temperatures did not drop at night. It caused more deaths than the 1863 New York City draft riots or the Great Chicago Fire.
Boston Globe on August 11, 1896: "Startling List of Fatalities From the Excessive Heat. 22 Fatalities in Chicago. Maximum Temperature Was 93, and There Were 55 Prostrations Reported. 46 Deaths in New York. In Brooklyn 16 Fatalities are Reported, 10 in Hoboken, Seven in Jersey City and Four in Newark. Watch Works Closed. There Were 19 Prostrations from Heat in One Department of Big Waltham Factory Yesterday. Many Deaths in Providence. Laborers and Farm Hands Prostrated by the Heat. Work Suspended on the Public Works. One Resulted Fatally. Two Cases of Sunstroke Reported From Lawrence, Where It Was 100. One Man Dropped Dead. Two Others, Also Overcome by Heat, Died Shortly Thereafter. Total Number of Deaths 25. Four People Die at Newark During the Day. 45 Prostrated. Several More Expected. Eight Deaths at Washington During the Past Two Days. All Records Broken. Highest Temperature at Kansas City Was 96, the Lowest 81. Four Deaths in All. Two of the Victims in Baltimore Were Men and Two Women. Obliged to Stop Work. Almost Unbearable on Cape Cod."
- Peder Matthias Olsen (1849-1896) on August 11, 1896
- Fredrick Flynn (?-1896) of Lockport, Illinois
- William Henry Cato (1821-1896) of Sullivan, Indiana
- William Greenlee (1824-1896) of Sullivan, Indiana on August 11, 1896
- Wash French (1821-1896)
- ^ a b "The Heat Wave Of 1896 And The Rise Of Roosevelt". NPR. August 11, 2010. http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129127924&ft=1&f=1022. Retrieved 2010-08-25.
- ^ a b Edward P. Kohn (2010). Hot Time in the Old Town: The Great Heat Wave of 1896. Basic Books. ISBN 0-465-01336-8.
- ^ Armstrong, Henry E. (August 9, 1936). "Visitation of August, 1896, Caused 564 Deaths in the New York City Zone". New York Times. http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F70A10FB3C59167B93CBA91783D85F428385F9. Retrieved 2010-08-30. "Forty years ago, that is to say early in August, 1896, a heat wave enveloped New York and in the following ten days struck down people in the streets and filled the hospitals with casualties. As many as 564 [sic] died in the metropolitan district."
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