Facts About George Washington
- George Washington did not have a middle name.
- His great-grandfather came to America from England in 1657 aboard a ship named Sea Horse of London.
- The death of Washington’s father in 1743 ended George’s formal education and did not attend college.
- George Washington learned to be a surveyor
- Washington wanted to join the Royal Navy, but his mother would not let him
- George Washington’s father died when he was 11 and he became the ward of his half-brother, Lawrence
- Toothaches bothered him for years. When he was 57, he had all his teeth pulled. From then on, he wore ivory
false teeth set in a silver plate.
- At 26, he married Martha Dandridge Custis, a widow who already had two children, Jackie and Patsy.
Washington never had any children of his own.
- In 1748, when he was 16, George travelled with a surveying party plotting land in Virginia’s western territory.
- George Washington has been the only president in the history of the American presidency to be unanimously
elected to the office.
- At six feet, two inches tall, and 200 pounds, he was one of our biggest presidents.
- 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.
- His Farewell Address on Sept. 17, 1796 (published but never delivered) rebuked party spirit and warned against “permanent alliances” with foreign powers.
- Less than three years after leaving office, he died at his Virginia plantation, Mount Vernon
- He died in Mount Vernon on Dec. 14, 1799.
- Some of his favorite dishes were the cream of peanut soup mashed sweet potatoes with coconut, and string beans with mushrooms.
- George Washington inherited ten slaves from his father when he was just 11 years old. By the end of Washington’s life, over 300 African-American slaves lived in bondage at Mount Vernon.
- In 1754 Washington led an attack that started a world war stretching to Europe, West Africa, India and the Philippines.
- Washington was known as an energetic and excellent dancer
- Washington was first elected to public office in 1758
- Washington was appointed as commander of the Continental Army in 1775
- Washington lost more battles than he won, but his leadership helped secure American independence
- Washington had many close calls but was never seriously wounded in battle
- Washington designed and oversaw the expansion of Mount Vernon
- Washington was an investor in a company that built a canal around the Great Falls of the Potomac
- Washington came to own tens of thousands of acres in North America. George Washington became one
of the largest landholders in the United States at the time.
- Washington was the first to sign the Constitution. As the President of the Constitutional Convention, George Washington was permitted to be the first to sign this important document.
- Washington was unanimously elected President of the United States, twice
- Washington’s presidency founded the United States Navy, established the nation’s official currency, created the State Department and established the Supreme Court
- Washington never occupied the White House
- Washington was a quietly religious man
- Washington helped promote the use of mules in the United States
- George Washington operated one of the largest distilleries in America at its time
- Martha Washington chose to burn all the letters that she received from George Washington