25 Interesting Things You Didn't Know About George




Did you know that before fighting against the British he actually fought for the British? These are 25 interesting things you didn't know about George Washington.

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He started school at 6 years old and left at 15 to become a surveyor because his family was too poor to afford education
At 26 he married Martha Custis who already had two children. Washington never had any kids of his own
At 6 ft 2 in and 200 pounds he was one of the biggest presidents
He had numerous toothaches so when he was 57 he had all his teeth pulled and from then on he wore false teeth
Research performed on a set of Washington's dentures in 2005 showed they were made of gold, ivory, lead, and human and animal teeth
Before fighting against the British he actually fought for the British against the French in Ohio and lost
He actually lost most of his battles and according to some sources he was the losingest victorious general in modern history
Many myths about George, including the one about the cherry tree can be traced back to a biography written by Parson Weems shortly after Washington died. Weems was known for telling tall tales
Washington is the richest president ever and in today's dollars his assets would be worth roughly $500 million
At 67 years old Washington came down with a cold and was dead within 48 hours. It has been theorized that he died due to medical malpractice as he was subject to four rounds of bloodletting
Washington came out of retirement to lead the nation's military in 1798 against the French
Washington made a style of whiskey we would consider "moonshine" today, which is why there are so many rumors about him being a moonshiner
He paid taxes, however, and had a license, so he was actually considered a distiller
At one point in time his distillery produced 11,000 gallons of whiskey in one year
He also grew hemp as a cash crop
But it's not what you think, many farmers in that day grew and sold hemp because it was used to make rope, paper, and other products
Washington was actually quite an agricultural innovator and supposedly introduced the idea of crop rotation
He also allegedly introduced mules to America when he bred donkeys from the King of Spain with his own horses
In a 2012 poll in Great Britain, General Washington was voted as the greatest military enemy to face the Empire--beating out even Napoleon
He is the only president in American history to be unanimously elected to office
He didn't have a middle name
He didn't wear a wig. That's real hair in all of his pictures
He was made an honorary citizen of France in 1792
He is the only president to have actually gone into battle while serving as president
In 1976 he was posthumously rewarded the highest rank in the American military ever...General of the Armies of the United States

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