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George Washington was born on February 22, 1732, in Westmoreland County, Virginia, and died on December 14, 1799, in Mount Vernon, Virginia. He was an American landowner, military leader, and statesman, but most notably, he was the first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797. He was also one of the Founding Fathers of the United States and signed the U.S. Constitution in 1787. Below you will find ten interesting facts about the first president of the United States that you probably didn’t know before!

George Washington was an early advocate of vaccines…

George Washington vaccinated his troops against smallpox and reduced the soldier’s death rate from 17% to just 1%. [source]

Constantly moved his slaves to keep them enslaved…

When George Washington moved to Philadelphia to serve as the first president in the United States, he rotated his slaves in and out of Pennsylvania to circumvent a law that would have freed slaves held in the state for longer than six consecutive months. The rotation itself was illegal, but no one opposed him. [source]

Was the only candidate in the country’s second presidential election…

In the United States’ second presidential election in 1792, both major parties, the Federalists and the Democratic-Republican Party, chosed George Washington as their candidate. [source]

Lost half of his blood before his death…

George Washington died when his doctor attempted to cure his inflamed throat (known as quinsy) with bloodletting, an older medical therapy. Using a cup, blood was drained from his body in an attempt to remove the “sickness” through the blood. He lost more than half of his blood before they stopped the treatment, and he died just a few hours later. [source]

There was never a wig…

Many believe that Mr. Washington wore a white wig. However, in reality, he actually let his own hair grow out, which he then powdered to make it appear white. [source]

Paused the Revolutionary War to return a lost dog to the enemy…

George Washington halted the American Revolutionary War to return a stray dog to the enemy. The terrier belonged to a British general and was found wandering on the battlefield. The U.S. waved a flag of truce, and both sides ceased fire until the dog was successfully returned to the British commander. [source]

The truth behind the famous false teeth…

George Washington’s infamous false teeth, often believed to be made of wood, were actually human teeth extracted from slaves. You can find a picture of the teeth below. [source]

No one can outrank Washington…

Due to U.S. public law (94-479) of the 94th Congress, George Washington is protected to always hold the highest rank, even in the future after his death. If a general were to receive a 6-star rank, Washington’s automatically upgrades to seven. [source]

Gave the public four warnings before his death…

President Washington warned the American public about four things in his farewell address: sectionalism, political factions, national debt, and foreign influence. [source]

Quirky fears and ideas…

George Washington was so afraid of being buried alive that he requested his staff to wait two days after his death before burying him. Similarly, he was said to be extremely surprised when he discovered that the Chinese were not white in complexion. [source]

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