Friday Fun Facts-Our First President!

George Washington was the father of our country. The first President. What do you know about him beyond cutting down his dad’s cherry tree? (Which wasn’t true- it came from a poem written after he had died.) Let’s find out…d90801252c240db0782cf7402b590df4

  1. He was unanimously voted in as our first president with all 69 members of Congress casting their ballots for him. No popular vote existed.
  2. He was one of the largest presidents we’ve had. He stood at 6’2″ and weighed 200 lbs.
  3. His favorite foods were peanut soup, mashed sweet potatoes with coconut, and string beans with mushrooms.
  4. He had no children but had hound dogs that were treated like family.
  5. He only attended school from the age of 6 to 15. He then became a surveyor because his mother couldn’t afford to send him to college.
  6. He had chronic toothaches until at 57, he had all of his teeth pulled. He wore a set of dentures carved from Ivory and set on a silver plate.aca-teeth
  7. President Washington may have owned one of the first goldfish in America! They were a gift from a naval officer.dc-goldfish-gw
  8. He was the richest president. Ever. His assets today would have been valued over $500 million.
  9. He had 2 stepchildren, but the girl died at 16 due to a seizure, and the boy died when he contracted a disease at a military encampment.download
  10. Washington was a military hero by the time he was 22.
  11. He was also a distiller of whiskey and produced 11,000 gallons in one year.
  12. Before fighting against the British, he actually fought for the British.
  13. At 67 he came down with a bad cold and was dead within 48 hours. Researchers now say, he died of medical malpractice. He was subjected to 4 rounds of bloodletting.
  14. It is said that he introduced mules to America. He received donkeys from the King of Spain and bred them to his horses.
  15. He didn’t wear a wig! That hair we see in pictures is all his!!georgewashington

4 Responses to Friday Fun Facts-Our First President!

  1. jeff7salter says:

    that’s his real hair? no way.
    I’ve read a bit about George, too. I read that the Continental Congress first offered to make him “king” but he rejected that notion as antithetical to why they just fought the revolution.
    During the war, Washington had to fight not only the British, but the congress (for appropriations), the bloodsucking merchants who were selling inferior goods/supplies to his troops, and the troops themselves (who’d become disspirited and needed to return to their crops and families).
    We mainly learn about his military victories, but he had several engagements that are considered pretty horrible losses, too.

  2. There are suggestions that some wanted him to be King, but there’s no research that proves it was legitimately offered. More legend than fact…although it doesn’t seem so far fetched to me.

  3. jeff7salter says:

    I’ve always heard that Paul Revere made George’s false teeth. True or false?

  4. Unfortunately false. A Dr.John Baker fashioned them. Shoot- that would have made a cool story!

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