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Presidents Day: 10 Fascinating Facts About George Washington

Yup, it’s President’s Day. That day where we don’t go to work, take the kids to school or get mail all the in name of our country’s leaders. Once upon a time, this federal holiday was called simply “Washington’s Birthday” and was made a holiday way back in 1879. But now the day is shared with honoring Abraham Lincoln (whose birthday is February 12th) as well as celebrating the office of the presidency in general.

Washington’s birthday is actually February 22 but is now celebrated on the third Monday in February between Feb. 15th and 21st (which was changed with the Uniform Monday Holiday Act) This makes it so that President’s Day honoring Washington’s Birthday will never actually fall on his real birthday.

And while we all know that George Washington was our first president, there are some interesting and fascinating facts about the man that aren’t as widely known.

Here are ten facts about the man (or one of them) that we are honoring today.


  • He Was Tall 1 of 10
    He Was Tall
    He was one tall man. He was six feet, two inches tall, and weighed 200 pounds making him one of our biggest presidents.

    Image: History.com

  • Marriage & Step Kids 2 of 10
    Marriage & Step Kids
    At the age of 26 he married Mrs. Martha Dandridge Custis aka Martha Washington. She was a widow when they met and she had two children John "Jackie" Parke Custis (1754 - 1781) and Martha "Patsy" Parke Custis (1756 - 1773). George Washington didn't have any kids of his own.

    Image: History.com

  • Politics 3 of 10
    Politics
    What political party did he belong to? None! He was reportedly opposed to the idea of political parties.

    Image: Pocantico Hills

  • Favorite Foods 4 of 10
    Favorite Foods
    His favorite foods? According to history, some of his favorite dishes were "cream of peanut soup, mashed sweet potatoes with coconut, and string beans with mushrooms."

    Image: Paco

  • Teeth 5 of 10
    Teeth
    It is a myth that Washington had wooden teeth. After he had all his teeth pulled at the age of 57, he had false teeth made of ivory that were set in silver.

    Image: Color Box

  • The Captial 6 of 10
    The Captial
    Washington D.C., the nation's capital city that he helped plan, was never his home. He lived in New York City and Philadelphia, cities that were the used nation's capitals while he was president.

    Image: Pocantico Hills

  • Love of Dogs 7 of 10
    Love of Dogs
    Washington loved his dogs. He bred hound dogs that were like family. And he gave them some wacky names like Tarter, True Love, and Sweet Lips.

    Image: Score

  • Farming 8 of 10
    Farming
    As a farmer, he was credited to making the use of the mule in farming popular. He was grew marijuana on his farm and promoted it as a crop. But back then it the plant was grown for the use of the hemp and also was handy to stabilize soil.

    Image: Fine Art America

  • Education 9 of 10
    Education
    Washington began school when he was six years old. But he left school at the age of 15 to become a surveyor because his mom didn't have the money to send him to college.

    Image: Early America

  • Washington As Bookkeeper 10 of 10
    Washington As Bookkeeper
    He was detailed oriented. Washington did all his own bookkeeping and is known for recording every penny of he earned or spent. His records still exist today.

    Image: Art Experts Website

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