So, You Think You Know George Washington
Anyone who’s grown up in the U.S. has studied our famous first president, George Washington. We’ve all certainly heard the apocryphal story of the infamous cherry tree, but here are a few tidbits about one of our most famous founding fathers that you probably didn’t learn about in grade school. 1. Epicurean
President Washington had adventurous—for the time—and eclectic tastes in food. Some of his favorites included mashed sweet potatoes with coconut and cream of peanut soup. 2. High School Dropout?
Although Washington started school when he was just 6 years old, he was forced to abandon his studies at 15 because his family could no longer afford to pay for his studies. He went on to become a surveyor. 3. Drastic Dentistry
The first president’s teeth pained him throughout most of his life. At age 57, he had them all pulled and wore a set of ivory false teeth set in a silver plate. 4. Dog Lover
Washington was incredibly fond of dogs and treated the hounds he bred as members of his family. He even went so far as to give them cute names that expressed his affection for them, like Truelove and Sweet Lips. 5. Sweet Home Philadelphia
Washington assisted in planning the U.S.’S capital, but ironically, he never lived in the city that bears his name. Instead, he lived in New York City and, once he became president, in Philadelphia.