First of all, I’d be willing to bet that there are at least some of you who do not know that George Washington was not really born on February 22, 1732.
Nope! The man who is taught as the first president of the United States was actually born on February 11, and he celebrated his birthday on that date through the year 1751, when the British Parliament switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian calendar, thus adding eleven days to the calendar. This moved poor George’s birthday to the 22nd!
Young George was a sickly child, and his face was permanently scarred by the small pox he encountered as a child. His father died when he was eleven, and George was forced to quit school by age fifteen to help his mom. He had no more formal education, making him the only Founding Father with no college education in his background. He was, however, the county surveyor before he was seventeen.
Washington’s half-brother, Lawrence, died in 1752, leaving him Mount Vernon. He also began his military career by taking Lawrence’s place in the Virginia militia. Coincidence or something meant to happen??
The following taken from a letter written by GW to his brother shows that he at the very least did believe in a Higher Power.
“By the all-powerful dispensations of Providence I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation; for I had four bullets through my coat, and two horses shot under me yet escaped unhurt, although death was leveling my companions on every side of me.”
Washington went on to be elected President and was the only U.S. President who did not live in Washington D.C. (because the capital was in Philadelphia).
And, yes, George Washington did have false teeth, but they were not made of wood. His dentures (at least one pair) were made of a combo of his tooth, a cow’s tooth, ivory, metal, and springs. These hurt so badly that his second inaugural address became the shortest in history, ninety seconds!
And you see? Learning history can be fun, can’t it?