George Washington was TOOTHLESS by the time he became President!
FALSE! He had ONE TOOTH LEFT!
 George Washington wore false teeth made of WOOD!
FALSE! His various sets of teeth were made of ivory, bone, and metal!
 George Washington threw a SILVER DOLLAR across the Potomac!
FALSE! He threw the Silver Dollar (and usually a slate rock about that size across the Rappahannock River, about 450 feet: (the Potomac was about a mile wide!)
 George Washington NEVER attended school!
TRUE! He never attended a public school for even one day - but he DID Study and Read continually - ALL of his life! - becoming the SMARTEST of all, AFTER all!
 George Washington shot and KILLED a man in his youth!
YES & NO! He was in the first stage of War. The French Government sued him for murder, but finally dropped charges!
 George Washington CHOPPED DOWN his Father's Prized Cherry Tree as a boy!
YES and NO! He didn't actually CHOP it down! He chopped on the young tree, skinning the bark so badly that the tree died according to his family members1
 George Washington died after being BLED to death on purpose!
TRUE! In those days, they believed this cleansed the body of sickness!
 George Washington never really PRAYED at Valley Forge!
FALSE! He REALLY DID Pray at Valley Forge! Relatives, his personal aide, Two Officers, a neighbor named Potts, and a Chaplain ALL testify to his praying during that winter!
 George Washington was BAPTIZED in the winter!
TRUE! He decided he wanted to be baptized as an ADULT (he had been sprinkled as a babyin a natural setting, and was baptized by his Army Chaplain, John Gano, in the Potomac River during Valley Forge Winter!!
 George Washington's dad PLANTED lettuce seed in such a way as to spell his first name when it grew, to see if young George would 'recognize his name' in the little green shoots!
TRUE! When George noticed his NAME spelled out in lettuce, the wise father tried to CONVINCE GEORGE "IT JUST HAPPENED!" Young George KNEW BETTER, and became convinced of "Intelligent Design" - of "First Cause" - of "Cause and Effect" and he NEVER believed in Evolution!
 George Washington crossed the Delaware in the worst FOG ever recorded!
TRUE! He openly called this a MIRACLE (of which he claimed 12 for his life!~
 George Washington won his greatest Battle on CHRISTMAS day!
TRUE! He believed God led him to do a SNEAK ATTACK on Christmas Day when enemy soldiers - outnumbering his army - would all be drunk in Christmas festivities! They were drunk and he slaughtered and captured them all - TURNING THE TIDE of the whole war!
 George Washington's nearly died from SMALLPOX when young!
TRUE! He was in his early 20's! (He also had malaria once!)
 George Washington, while handsome, had many, many SCARS on his face!
TRUE! The small pox left him with many scars!
 George Washington had a fear of being BURIED ALIVE!
TRUE! He made his personal assistant Tobias Lear PROMISE him he would NOT allow burial UNTIL he had been dead for three days!
 George Washington invented a PLOW! (to plow farm ground with)
TRUE! He was an enthusiastic farmer and did many experiments with plants, animals and equipment. His plow was successful!
 George Washington's two Step-Children DIED young!
TRUE! So sadly, young Patsy had just turned 16, and died suddenly with George Washington on his knees at her bed side weeping in prayer when she passed! He comforted himself and wife Martha that she was in a BETTER LAND and it would be selfish of them to not be happy for her!
 George Washington was SO POOR, he had to borrow money to attend his own Presidential Inauguration!
TRUE! He became very rich from age 20 t0 40. He ordered his Plantation Manager to GIVE to EVERY person as they had true need during the War! By the time it was over, he was broke, and had to borrow $600 to travel to his own Inauguration!
 George Washington was NEVER known to tell a lie!
TRUE! He was never accused of dishonesty, and advocated "HONESTY IS THE BEST POLICY!" and always said: "I CANNOT TELL A LIE!" (Can you?)
 George Washington was NEVER heard to utter a single word of profanity!
TRUE! Not ONE word, by ONE person, not even ONE time!
 George Washington had his soldiers whipped-and-Fined for swearing, drinking and gambling!
TRUE! Washington was a very strict General, and he did not allow soldier to become drunken, gambling bums!
 George Washington wrote prayers to God when he was just age 12!
TRUE! Apparently, he was spiritual beyond his years!
 George Washington wrote 112 RULES to LIVE BY when he was just age 12-13!
TRUE! Apparently, he was WISE beyond his years! You can GOOGLE them and apply them to your own life!
 George Washington at death left the most of his money to a Christian School that eventually became a college bearing his name!
TRUE! A local Christian Academy named "LIBERTY ACADEMY!" (How appropriate) eventually became George Washington University, over which the Civil war General Robert E. Lee presided as President after the Civil War!!
 George Washington became a SLAVE-OWNER at age 11!
TRUE! His Father died leaving him 10 slaves. IT was ILLEGAL to release slaves into the society, and structuring laws and culture for a complete freedom for all he worked on ALL OF HIS LIFE!
His will left provision for his slaves WHEN they would become free, knowing the time was coming soon!
[BONUS-1:] George Washington had three holes shot through his uniform, his brass name plate shot off his chest and two horses shot out from under shim in a single battle!
TRUE! Not only the above, but EVERY ONE of the 33 officers on horseback - EXCEPTING himself - was killed, including his superior Officer Commander James Braddock!
[BONUS-2:] Did George Washington once time preach a funeral?
TRUE! IN the battle above, the Chaplain was killed also, and Washington volunteered to PREACH the FUNERAL for his Commander James Braddock - with memorial for all the dead!
Some of George Washington’s favorite foods were string beans with mushrooms,
cream of peanut soup,
mashed sweet potatoes with coconut.
George Washington False Teeth
George Washington's False Teeth were most likely made of Ivory or metal, not wood. According to the Mount Vernon website, he had one set of teeth that included a cow's tooth, and one of his own teeth and others made of hippopotamus ivory, metal and springs.
At the time of his 2nd inaugural address, Washington had only one real tooth left, and his dentures were very painful and distorted his mouth. Because of this, he gave the shortest inaugural address of all time... it was only 135 words long. This speech took only 90 seconds to deliver, and Washington gave it on Monday, March 4, 1793 in Philadelphia.
George Washington 2nd Inaugural Address
I am again called upon by the voice of my country to execute the functions of its Chief Magistrate. When the occasion proper for it shall arrive, I shall endeavor to express the high sense I entertain of this distinguished honor, and of the confidence which has been reposed in me by the people of united America.
Previous to the execution of any official act of the President the Constitution requires an oath of office. This oath I am now about to take, and in your presence: That if it shall be found during my administration of the Government I have in any instance violated willingly or knowingly the injunctions thereof, I may (besides incurring constitutional punishment) be subject to the upbraidings of all who are now witnesses of the present solemn ceremony."
George Washington Facts - George Washington and the Cherry Tree
George Washington and the cherry tree legend comes from a book published shortly after his death, by Parson Mason Locke Weems. There is no evidence that Washington actually chopped down a cherry tree as a youth. While it made for a great story about his honesty, the cherry tree story is not a George Washington fact... it is a fun myth.
George Washington Facts - Did George Washington really throw a silver dollar across the Potomac?
Once again, this is not a George Washington fact. First of all, there were no silver dollars during Washington's youth. And the Potomac River is over a mile wide. According to Washington's step-grandson, George Washington Parke Custis, he did throw a piece of slate about the size and shape of a dollar across the Rappahanock River near Fredericksburg, VA. Near Washington's boyhood home, the Rappahanock River is approximately 450 feet across - a distance that is more likely for him to be able to throw a stone across, even though he was not particularly athletic.
Fun Fact: George Washington was an ice cream lover. He often kept "ice-boxes" full of ice cream for his friends and family to enjoy, and had two ice cream freezers installed at Mount Vernon.
Many George Washington facts are fascinating, even without the myths mentioned above. Below are some more George Washington facts...
George Washington Facts about his childhood
George Washington Facts - When was George Washington born?
George Washington was born in Virginia on February 11, 1731, according to the Julian calendar, which was the calendar used at that time. In 1752, the Gregorian calendar was adopted by the British, and using that calendar, his birthday fell on February 22, 1732. (how confusing that must have been!)
George Washington Facts - Where was George Washington born?
George Washington was the first son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington. He was born on his family's estate in Westmoreland County, Virginia (now known as Wakefield).
Young George Washington Facts
George Washington Facts - What was George Washington's childhood like?
George Washington had two half brothers and one half sister from his father's first marriage, and was the oldest child of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball. His half brothers were Lawrence and Augustine, Jr., and he had a half sister named Jane.
He had three brothers - Samuel, John Augustine, and Charles, and one sister - Betty.
Another sister - Mildred - died in infancy.
As a child and young man, George Washington suffered from many illnesses - malaria, smallpox, pleurisy, and dysentery.
His face was permanently scared by smallpox.
In 1735, Augustine Washington moved his family to their new home near the Potomac River, now known as Mount Vernon.
It was originally called Little Hunting Creek Plantation.
In 1738 they moved again to Ferry Farm, a plantation on the Rappahannock River near Fredericksburg, VA. This is where Washington spent much of his youth.
Augustine Washington died when George was only eleven. He left most of his property to his first two sons, George's older half brothers.
As the eldest son of Mary Ball Washington, Washington helped his mother run the Rappahannock River plantation. This is where he learned how to work hard and manage a plantation efficiently, as there was apparently little money left to his mother.
Washington's education ended when he was around the age of 15. Little is known about his education, but he did excel in mathematics and learned how to survey. He did not attend college.
Young George spent a great deal of time with his half brother Lawrence, at Mount Vernon. Lawrence helped him with his studies and social graces, and introduced him to society.
Even though he lacked extensive formal education, he eventually amassed a large library and subscribed to several newspapers.
George Washington facts - Washington as a young man
George Washington became a surveyor, and joined an expedition to survey western Virginia in 1748. Invited by the Fairfax family on the expedition, they later helped him secure a spot as a county surveyor before he was 17.
In 1752, George Washington's brother Lawrence died, and Washington inherited Mount Vernon.
He also began his military career by inheriting Lawrence's place in the Virginia militia.
George Washington as an Adult
George Washington Facts - George Washington's Marriage
George Washington married Martha Dandridge Custis on January 6, 1759. Martha was the young widow of one of the richest men in the area. George was 27 years old.
Although he was still a young man, he retired to Mt. Vernon, expecting to lead a quiet life with his new bride. How wrong he was! Most of his most notable experiences were yet ahead of him.
George Washington spent much of the next 15 years on his plantation, enjoying being a farmer. He was also involved in politics - elected to the House of Burgesses in 1758 and in 1774, he was chosen as one of seven Virginia representatives to the Continental Congress.
George Washington facts - Was he "bulletproof "?
During his military career, Washington was shot at several times, but remained unharmed. In 1755, during the French and Indian War, he fought in a battle on the banks of the Monongahela river (near present day Pittsburgh, PA). After the battle, Washington wrote this letter to his brother...
"By the all-powerful dispensations of Providence I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me."
George Washington facts - How did George Washington Die?
In early December of 1799, George Washington was caught in nasty weather while he was out riding on his estate. He developed an illness, and died two days later on December 14, 1799, around 10:00 p.m. His wife Martha was at his side. His funeral was held at Mt. Vernon four days later, and he was buried in the family vault on his beloved plantation.
George Washington facts - How Old Was George Washington When He Died?
George Washington was 67 years old when he died in 1789. He had been retired for less than three years at the time of his death. The entire nation mourned his death.
Other interesting George Washington facts
President Washington was the only President who never actually lived in Washington, DC (at the time of his Presidency, the nations capital was in Philadelphia)
George Washington's political party was the Federalist party
George Washington's height was six feet three inches. He was very tall for his time.
In June of 1775, Congress commissioned George Washington to lead the Continental Army besieging the British in Boston. This new commission kept him away from home for the next eight years.
Washington was the only President to die in the 1700's (December 14, 1799)
George Washington was apparently a very loud snorer
He never fathered any children, yet he is called the "Father of our country". He left no direct descendants
Washington was the first man in history to be given the title of Lieutenant General
President Washington was the first President to have his picture on a postage stamp
His hobbies included raising hound dogs, fire fighting, fishing and fox hunting.
General Washington ordered that there be no swearing in the army
His boot size was 13
George Washington was one of two Presidents to sign the U.S. Constitution.
James Madison was the other President to sign it. Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe, John and John Quincy Adams did NOT sign the US Consititution.
Washington was the only President to have been voted in unanimously by the electoral college. He won all 69 of the votes that were cast.
Although wigs were popular during his lifetime, George Washington refused to wear one. He instead powdered his natural reddish brown hair, and wore it in a short braid in back.
His IQ is estimated to be somewhere between 118 and 125, depending upon which sources you look at.
During the Revolutionary War, General Washington appointed Benjamin Tallmadge to organize an espionage network called the Culper Spy Ring. This group included a woman, Nancy Strong who hung her laundry on the line in certain ways to pass signals to other members
As part of America's Bicentennial celebration, George Washington was given the posthumous rank of "General of the Armies of the United States of America". The Congressional Act that promoted him also specified that no other army officer would ever outrank him.
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