25 Interesting Things You Didn’t Know About George Washington

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

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At 26 he married Martha Custis who already had two children. Washington never had any kids of his own

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At 6 ft 2 in and 200 pounds he was one of the biggest presidents

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He had numerous toothaches so when he was 57 he had all his teeth pulled and from then on he wore false teeth

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Research performed on a set of Washington’s dentures in 2005 showed they were made of gold, ivory, lead, and human and animal teeth

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Before fighting against the British he actually fought for the British against the French in Ohio and lost

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He actually lost most of his battles and according to some sources he was the losingest victorious general in modern history

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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

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Washington is the richest president ever and in today's dollars his assets would be worth roughly $500 million

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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

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Washington came out of retirement to lead the nation's military in 1798 against the French

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Washington made a style of whiskey we would consider "moonshine" today, which is why there are so many rumors about him being a moonshiner

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He paid taxes, however, and had a license, so he was actually considered a distiller

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At one point in time his distillery produced 11,000 gallons of whiskey in one year

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He also grew hemp as a cash crop

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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

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Washington was actually quite an agricultural innovator and supposedly introduced the idea of crop rotation

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He also allegedly introduced mules to America when he bred donkeys from the King of Spain with his own horses

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In a 2012 poll in Great Britain, General Washington was voted as the greatest military enemy to face the Empire–beating out even Napoleon

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He is the only president in American history to be unanimously elected to office

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He didn't have a middle name

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He didn't wear a wig. That's real hair in all of his pictures

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He was made an honorary citizen of France in 1792

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He is the only president to have actually gone into battle while serving as president

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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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