10 Things about George Washington

Everyone knows that George “I cannot tell a lie, cherry tree chopping” Washington was our first president. We all know of some the stories, that he could have been king, that he was a darn good general, that he wore a wig.  That is generally the extent of most of our knowledge about Washington, the basic school kid stuff. The stuff we remember from doing crafts and story time  in grade school. So I am going to give you some new things to help dazzle your friends when the conversation rolls around to George  Washington…here are 10 things you may not have known.

1. Washington’s first got involved in the  resistance against Great Britain in 1769 ,when he introduced a bill in the House of Burgesses calling for a boycott of all British goods, the bill was written by George Mason, the boycott was in response to the Townshend Acts, a set of laws created by Parliament that taxed imports to the American colonies

2. Washington never formally joined a political party, he was against them because he thought they created too much division. He was considered to be the informal figurehead of the Federalist party which would irritate him.

3. George wrote the Rules of Civility when he was 16. It is a list of proverbs and maxims. It is often credited with being the source of Washington’ much spoken of virtue/

4. As a farmer, Washington grew marijuana on his farm and promoted it’s growth. (In the 1790s, the crop was grown mainly for its industrial value as hemp and for soil stabilization. It was many years later that the recreational and illegal use of marijuana became popular.)

5.  Washington was the first person in the United States to own mules. He had heard that mules made good farm animals and he contacted the U.S. ambassador in Spain to ask about them. In 1785, King Charles III of Spain sent Washington a male donkey as a gift. That male donkey became the father of the mule industry in the U.S.

6. There are 30 counties, 26 cities, 241 townships, 11 colleges and numerous streets named after George

7. George Washington delivered the shortest inaugural address ever..only  135 words. It was his second.

8. He really did not cut down a cherry tree and then tell his father the truth. This story was written by Washington’s biographer, Mason Weems, wrote a book called “The Life of Washington” where he created this myth as a way to show Washington’s honesty.

9.Washington did NOT wear a wig. Although very fashionable to wear a wig, George kept his own hair. He tied it back and powdered it (also fashionable). It is  his own hair you see in paintings and such.

10. George Washington was in the business of making whiskey. In fact, he was the largest commercial distiller in the country during the 18th century.  

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