1George Washington death
George Washington died when his doctors tried to cure his epiglottitis (i.e. inflamed throat) with blood letting. He lost more than half his blood before they stopped the treatment, and died just hours later.
2. The bar tab of a 1787 farewell party for George Washington is still intact. “According to the bill… [The Founding Fathers] drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, 8 of whiskey, 22 of Porter, 8 of hard cider, 12 of beer, and 7 bowls of alcoholic punch”. The party had 55 attendees.
3. According to the memoir of a former slave, First Lady Dolley Madison did not save the Lansdowne portrait of George Washington from the British burning it during the War of 1812. Rather, a Frenchman and a gardener saved it, while Dolley just ran off with silver.
4. George Washington was not in favor of political parties claiming in his farewell address that it would lead to "inter-political conflict, divide the nation, and give rise to cases of tyranny."
5. George Washington was worth $525 million in his day (adjusted for inflation).
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Zack Snyder recently said he would like to do a film about George Washington in the style of '300'. Possibly unbeknownst to him, Robot Chicken made that exact joke in 2009 in a short bit. “1776. It ain’t accurate, but it will blow your f***ing mind!”
7. When George Washington first ran for the Virginia House of Burgesses, he supplied 164 gallons of alcohol to only 396 voters so they would like him. Washington won.
8. In the 2nd U.S. Presidential election, both major parties, the Federalists, and Democratic-Republicans nominated George Washington as their candidate.
9. George Washington did not wear a powdered wig. He actually grew out his own hair and powdered it so it would appear white.
10. The British tried to surrender to the French at the end of the American Revolution. French General Rochambeau refused British Brigadier General O'Hara's sword and instead pointed him towards George Washington to offer surrender.
When George Washington passed away in 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte personally gave a eulogy and ordered a ten-day requiem. In Great Britain, the entire Royal Navy lowered its flags at half mast.
12. After having his hat shot from his head, bullets tear through his coat, and two horses shot from under him George Washington was able to ride 40 miles through the darkness to summon reinforcements while suffering from a severe case of dysentery.
13. George Washington and Samuel Adams, both considered to be leaders of the American Revolution, refused to join a political party because they believed the idea would divide Congress. They're instead only identified as Whigs, a common name for those supporting independence.
14. George Washington stopped the Revolutionary War to return a lost dog to the enemy. The terrier of a British general was found wandering the battlefield. The US waved a truce flag, and both sides stopped shooting until the dog was successfully returned to the British commander.
15. Due to American Public Law 94-479, by the 94th Congress, George Washington is protected from being outranked by any officer in past, present, and future so if there’s a 6-star general, Washington is automatically upgraded to 7.
George Washington warned the American Public of four things in his Farewell Address: Sectionalism, Political Factions, National Debt and Foreign Influence.
17. George Washington's infamous wooden teeth were actually human teeth from slaves.
18. George Washington, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson were Christian Deists and did not believe that Jesus Christ was divine.
19. George Washington, 1st President of the United States, specifically said that he didn't want Political Parties to existing.
20. On Feb 20th, 1792 George Washington signed the Postal Service Act, making it illegal for postal officials to open anyone's mail.
After his presidency, George Washington owned the largest whiskey distillery in the U.S.
22. George Washington's only military surrender was to the French.
23. In 1739, a 16-year-old girl named Eliza Lucas in South Carolina was instrumental in creating an economy accounting for 1/3 the value of the colony's output pre-Revolution. George Washington held her in such high esteem, upon her death he traveled to Philadelphia to be one of her pallbearers.
24. George Washington, the first President of USA, quelled an officer insurrection by putting on a new pair of spectacles while reading a letter to the group stating "Gentlemen, you must pardon me. I have grown gray in your service and now find myself growing blind." Many officers were moved to tears.
25. George Washington's best spy, code named 'Culper Jr.', was only identified as Robert Townsend nearly 150 years after the war because a Long Island historian named Morton Pennypacker recognized his handwriting from some business receipts and matched it to intelligence correspondence.