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Interesting and Little-Known Facts About George Washington

Updated on July 22, 2012

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.")

Political Party

First Term-None

Second Term-Federalists

Vice President(s)

John Adams

Physical Characteristics

  • Stood at 6 feet 2 inches tall and weighed between 175-200 pounds
  • Wore size 13 shoes
  • Had red hair when he was younger

Family Members

WIFE - “Lady” Martha Custis

SON - John


(Both children were adopted by Washington.)

George 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

Favorite Foods

  • Crabmeat soup
  • Egg nog
  • Pineapple
  • Brazil nuts
  • Creamed peanut soup

Fun Facts

  • 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

Military Experience

  • 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)

Presidential Firsts

  • 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

Presidential Politics

  • 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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