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Who was George Washington?

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Aside from the facts every school child learns – first President, married to Martha – what else do you know? Washington is reputed to have said, “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” To his credit, the Revolutionary War was won by his preparations.

Did you know that the Father of Our Country never attended any school or college but was educated as a child by his father and brother.  By age 30 Washington had survived smallpox, malaria, and dysentery, proving that he was strong and robust.

Vain about his appearance, Washington maintained an air of secrecy when communicating with his dentist.  By the time he became President, Washington had only one tooth left which he used to hold his dentures in place. His dentures were not made of wood as the legend has it. They were either walrus or elephant ivory which resembled wood as it got stained and older.

Washington told us that “It is better to be alone than in bad company.”He was six feet two inches tall and weighed 200 pounds, making him one of the biggest presidents our country has ever had. He lived to the age of 67.

He also is credited with “Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence.”

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