George Washington: Getting Personal

portrait_of_george_washingtonDid You Know . . . ?

♦  Washington was the first person to send an airmail letter between Philadelphia and New Jersey. He sent it via balloonist Pierre Blanchard.

♦  Washington was 6’3”, weighed over 200 lbs., and wore size 13 boot.

♦  He had all his teeth pulled when he was 57 & wore uncomfortable dentures; some of ivory, lead, & human or animal teeth (none of wood).

♦   His IQ is estimated to have been about 125.

♦   Favorite foods: green beans with mushrooms, cream of peanut soup, mashed sweet potatoes w/coconut, ice cream.

♦   He would not wear a powdered wig; he powered his own red-brown hair.

♦  His face was scarred from smallpox, & he had his entire army vaccinated (“vaccine” drawn from sores of smallpox victims).

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