George Washington •He was the only president who did not live in Washington D.C. •As a farmer, Washington grew marijuana on his farm and promoted it's growth. •As a farmer, he is credited with introducing the mule to America. •He was the only president to win a unanimous vote of the Electoral College. •Washington's 2nd inaugural address was the shortest ever delivered - 135 words. · George Washington was the oldest son of his father’s second marriage. He grew up with nine brothers and sisters. · When George was three years old his family moved to a large tobacco plantation, which they called Mount Vernon. Despite his lengthy travels and many temporary homes, George considered Mount Vernon to be his true home until the day he died. · His own schooling ended at the age of 14. · George joined the British Royal Navy at age 14. · By the time he was president of the United States, George only had one original tooth left · George’s first set of dentures were made from cow’s teeth. Later, he had a second pair made of hippopotamus ivory. · George never had any children of his own, though his wife Martha had two from a previous marriage. · Contrary to popular belief, George Washington never wore a wig. · Washington gave his name to 1 U.S. state, 1 capital city, 33 counties, 7 mountains, 9 colleges, and 121 post offices. · George Washington is the only one of America’s founding fathers to free his slaves. He freed all 124 of his slaves in his will, and left enough money in his estate to care for all of them for decades after his death.
George Washington was the only one of the Founding Fathers that freed his slaves. He freed his slaves in his will.George Washington was asked to be King, but he didn't want to put the nation in distress.
- Some of his favorite dishes were cream of peanut soup, mashed sweet potatoes with coconut, and string beans with mushrooms.
- He bred hound dogs that he treated like members of the family. He gave some of them unusual names: Tarter, True Love, and Sweet Lips.
George did not wear a wig. That's his real hair powdered white because that was the custom back then
Another fact about George Washington is that he was offered the position of King of the United States of America- and he refused to take it.He died on December 14, 1799 in Mount Vernon, Virginia at the age of 67. After his death he was posthumously promoted to the position of General of the Armies of Congress. He was the only president who died in the 1700s.He preferred being called Mr. President over any of the glamorous names that he was offered. He wanted to be a public servant. He refused to accept the salary he was eligible for, as a President.
The first celebration of Washington's birthday was at Valley Forge on February 22, 1778, when Proctor's Continental Artillery band serenaded Washington. The first public celebration as a holiday was by order of Comte Rochambeau, February 12, 1781, when the French Army in Rhode Island was granted a holiday on that day, Monday.
George Washington was son of Augustine Washington and his second wife, Mary Ball Washington. Few people know of George's father, because Augustine died when George was only eleven and he rarely spoke of him. But many people knew of his mother, Mary Ball Washington. She lived to be 82, and saw her son elected first President of the United States in 1789.
- George Washington is the only one of America’s founding fathers to free his slaves. He freed all 124 of his slaves in his will, and left enough money in his estate to care for all of them for decades after his death.
- He is the only president in history to have been unanimously elected, receiving all 69 votes of the electoral college. At the time, there was no popular vote for the presidency.
- He was the only president who did not live in Washington, D.C.
- Contrary to popular belief, George Washington never wore a wig.
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