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George Washington's Unknown Life

Updated on September 6, 2016

Washington's incumbency established many precedents, still in use today, such as the cabinet system , the inaugural address , and the title Mr. President.

But there is more to Washington's life than what most people see on the outside.

Born on February 11, 1731 and later died on

December 14, 1799, George Washington was the first President of the United States.

It is well-known that Washington had no children of his own. In 2007. An infection caused by his tuberculosis may have developed chronic organ tuberculosis.As research shows infection of the epididymis or testes frequently results in infertility.

However other sources indicate that his earlier bout with smallpox in 1751 may have made him


Martha Washington, a widow, had two young children from her first marriage, Martha and John. George and Martha married in 1759, but didn’t have children of their own. His stepdaughter died at the age of 16 due to a seizure and his stepson died just after the siege of Yorktown in 1781, where he contracted a disease while he was still in the military.

He may not have had many kids, but he surely was paid very well.

George Washingtons portrait
George Washingtons portrait | Source

George Washingtons wealth

Research from a Wall Street website in 2010 listed Washington as the wealthiest president ever, based on what his assets would be worth today: more than $500 million. Washington had significant land holdings and at least 800 slaves.

In the 1790's, his presidential salary was 2 percent of the total U.S. budget.

But he also had some debt problems during his lifetime.He actually had to borrow money to attend his own first inauguration.

Washington lived an aristocratic lifestyle—fox hunting was one of his favorite leisure activity. He also enjoyed going to dances and parties, in addition to the theater, races, and cockfights . Washington also was known to play cards, backgammon , and billiards .Like most Virginia planters, he imported luxuries and other goods from England and paid for them by exporting his tobacco crop.

But he did not like vices like getting drunk .Although he owned a tobacco plantation he eventually quit smoking and later replaced the tobacco plantation with wheat.

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As a youth he had red hair.A popular myth is that he wore a wig as was the fashion those days.It looks white because he powdered it.But it surely wasn't a wig.

He installed a whiskey distillery at Mount Vernon in 1798 and it was profitable. At one time, Washington’s distillery produced 11,000 gallons of whiskey in one year. As president, Washington sent military forces to western Pennsylvania to end the Whiskey Rebellion, when farmers refused to pay excise taxes. In 1799, Washington wrote to his nephew : “Two hundred gallons of Whiskey will be ready this day for your call, and the sooner it is taken the better, as the demand for this article is brisk.”

Washington returned to Mount Vernon upon his retirement and devoted his attentions to making the plantation as productive as it had been before he became president. More than four decades of public service had aged him, but he was still a commanding figure. In December 1799, he caught a cold after inspecting his properties in the rain. The cold developed into a throat infection and Washington died on the night of December 14 at the age of 67. He was entombed at Mount Vernon, which in 1960 was designated a national historic landmark.

In his farewell address, he urged the new nation to maintain the highest standards domestically and to keep involvement with foreign powers to a minimum. Washington's Farewell Address was an influential primer on civic virtue, warning against partisanship, sectionalism, and involvement in foreign wars. The address is still read each February in the U.S. Senate to commemorate Washington’s birthday.

George Washingtons portrait
George Washingtons portrait | Source

George Washington left one of the most enduring legacies of any American in history. Known as the “Father of His Country,” his face appears on the U.S. dollar bill and quarter, and hundreds of U.S. schools and towns, as well as the nation’s capital city, are named after him.

He will always be depicted and remembered in monuments, currency, and other dedications into the future.

George Washingtons memorial tomb
George Washingtons memorial tomb | Source

George Washington will always best be remembered as a military leader, Constitutional convention delegate and the first President of the United States.


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