John Harington

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Birthday
4, 1561
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Nov 20, 1612 (51)
Birth Sign
Leo
Birthday
4, 1561
Birthplace
England
Death Date
Nov 20, 1612 (51)

About

A poet by trade, he invented the first flushable toilet.

Before Fame

His wit sometimes got him into trouble with the royal court, such as when a translated racy Italian poem hit a little too close to home for the Queen.

Trivia

His invention caused his name to become a kind of euphemism for toilet.

Family Life

He married Mary Rogers, the granddaughter of Sir Edward Rogers.

Associated With

His mother Isabella Markham was a servant to Queen Elizabeth I and worked in her royal privy chamber. The Queen received his first flushable toilet.

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