So, You Think You Know Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton

Modern Pioneer - - Pioneer Post -

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.

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