Fun Facts on George Washington

On this day in 1732, the future father of the United States was born in Westmoreland County, Virginia.

Below are a few interesting facts you may not know about Washington (1732-1799).

  • Washington adopted his wife's son and daughter from her previous marriage. He never fathered children of his own.
  • He lost more battles than he won throughout his military career.
  • Contrary to popular belief, he never had wooden teeth, though he did wear a series of dentures made from metal and cow or hippopotamus bone.
  • He was known for his quiet confidence. Others felt he had an uncanny ability to remain cool under pressure.
  • He loved cricket, fox-hunting, and dancing.
  • After leaving office, he started what became the largest whiskey distillery in the new nation.
  • The love of his life was not Martha Washington, but Sally Fairfax, the wife of his friend George. In a letter he wrote to her toward the end of his life, he confessed that his moments with her had been the happiest of his life. 
  • Washington remained humble throughout his life. When he became president, he preferred not to be called "his excellency," as it seemed to evoke images of monarchy. Instead, he opted for the more modest "Mr. President." In his will, he humbly identified himself as "George Washington of Mount Vernon, a citizen of the United States."

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