• Happy Presidents’ Day! Did You Know?

    gwashington1Ric and I were at Mount Vernon a couple of years ago where we picked up a few bits of history. See how much of the following you already knew.

    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?

    About Fredda Jones

    Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for texansunited.com and marketing small-town Texas.
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    One Response to Happy Presidents’ Day! Did You Know?

    1. missy jones says:

      We traveled with Comanche National Bank bus tour group several years ago to Mount Vernon. My very best moment there was sitting on the porch, and looking out at the Potomac River, just as George Washington might have done. Being a volunteer at the Comanche Historical Museum, in our school room is an enlarged picture of Washington as I remember was hanging in the Gustine school rooms. I like to tell our students touring the school room that Washington was the “Father of our Country”. Most of them have never heard of this or of him. And that is a shame, for our country was worth fighting for then and now. Students need to be taught of the sacrifices our early patriots and settlers made in forming our wonderful country.

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