Interesting and Little-Known Facts About George Washington
Personal Facts About George Washington
February 22, 1732 (Fredericksburg, Virginia)
December 14, 1799
(Before dying of pneumonia, George Washington said, "Doctor, I die hard, but I am not afraid to go. I believed, from my first attack, that I should not survive it. My breath cannot last long." His last words were, "Tis well.")
- Stood at 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed between 175-200 pounds
- Wore size 13 shoes
- Had red hair when he was younger
WIFE - “Lady” Martha Custis
SON - John
DAUGHTER - Martha
(Both children were adopted by Washington.)
George Washington Quotes
I can only say that there is not a man living who wishes more sincerely than I do to see a plan adopted for the abolition of slavery.
It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.
Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth.
The Real George Washington
Interesting Facts About George Washington
- Earned a surveyor's certificate from the College of William and Mary
- Crabmeat soup
- Egg nog
- Brazil nuts
- Creamed peanut soup
- Married Martha Custis, the richest widow in Virginia
- Had only one tooth at his inauguration
- Wore dentures made of human teeth, animal teeth, ivory or lead but never wood
- Was younger than his wife
- Almost participated in a duel – Washington Duel
- Was related to King Edward III (1327-1377), through his paternal grandmother
- Cursed a lot
- Snored loudly
- Took better care of his horses’ teeth than he did his own, requiring their teeth be brushed daily
- The nation's capital, Washington state, 31 counties and 17 towns are named in his honor
- Grew marijuana on his farm and promoted its growth (At the time, marijuana was grown mainly for its industrial value as hemp and for soil stabilization, not as a drug.)
- Credited with introducing the mule to America
- Owned thousands of acres of land but had little money to attend his own inauguration in New York. (Washington had to borrow the money necessary to make the trip.)
- Spoke only 1419 words in his inaugural address
- Spoke only 135 words in his second inaugural address
- Never wore a powdered wig, as was the custom for men at the time
- Seldom shook hands with people
- Seldom smiled because of his bad teeth
- Had a badly scarred face due to small pox (Washington vaccinated his entire army in 1777.He did this in a time when most doctors did not believe in the vaccine.)
- Opposed the Boston Tea Party, stating that the act sent the wrong message to King George III
- Freed his slaves, over 100, upon his death
Legacy (Best Known for the Following)
- Owned an ran a plantation, Mount Vernon
- Acted as commanding general during the American Revolution
- Crossed the Delaware during the Revolution
- Acted as President of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, which adopted the Constitution
- Known as the “Father of the Country” by acting as first president, serving two terms
- Fought for the British in the French and Indian War (Washington surrendered to the French and signed a document that accused him of being a murderer.)
- Commanded the Continental Army during the American Revolution (General of the Armies of the United States)
- First to be president
- First to have his picture on a postage stamp
- The only president elected unanimously, receiving all 69 electoral votes
- Only President inaugurated in 2 cities - New York and Philadelphia
- The only president who didn’t live in Washington, D.C. during his presidency
- Limited his presidential terms to only two, something that would later become law
- Declared the first Thanksgiving holiday in 1789
- Judiciary Act of 1789 established the federal court system
- Bank Act of 1791 established a nation-wide banking system
- Bill of Rights became law on December 15, 1791
- Coinage Act of 1792 established a mint in Philadelphia
- Added five states to the Union during his presidency - North Carolina (1789), Rhode Island (1790), Vermont (1791), Kentucky (1792), and Tennessee (1796)
True or False
George Washington said, “I cannot tell a lie, ‘twas I cut down the cherry tree.”
False – Washington never said this. This tall tale came from a book that was written in 1800. The book was called The Life of George Washington; With Curious Anecdotes, Equally Honorable to Himself and Exemplary to His Young Countrymen.
George Washington had wooden teeth.
False - Washington did in fact struggle with his teeth. He wore dentures made of human teeth, animal teeth, ivory or lead. He never had wooden dentures or teeth.
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