|Cause of Death||Age||Burial Location||President Grave #|
|Laryngitis; Pneumonia||67||Mount Vernon, Virginia||4th in my collection|
* Contrary to popular belief, George Washington did not actually chop down his father's beloved cherry tree as a youth. That story of folklore was attributed to him by Mason L. Weems, an author often credited as Washington's first biographer. The fictitious tale was first told in Weems' book The Life of Washington, published in the year 1800. Its purpose was to make the legend of George Washington larger and nobler than the man himself could become. Also, he did not own a pair of wooden false teeth, although he did have several sets made of lead, animal teeth, and hippopotamus ivory.
* Washington's career in the military began in 1752, although he did not see any action until the French and Indian War began two years later in 1754. One of the first battles he engaged in was the Battle of Jumonville Glen, which took place in Western Pennsylvania. On the morning of May 28, after spending the evening in the woods, Lt. Colonel Washington's troops ambushed a small platoon of French soldiers. The battle, which was the first of the war, lasted only fifteen minutes, as the British and their Iroquois allies were easily able to subdue the thirty Frenchmen.
* It was John Adams, a delegate to the Continental Congress from Massachusetts, that nominated Washington to lead the newly-formed Continental Army. Adams figured that George Washington's experience in the military would be very valuable and that his Southern roots would help to unite the colonies. Although he eventually accepted his nomination and took the position of command, Washington said he was not "equal to the command I am honored with."
* George Washington was one of only two people to run for the presidency unopposed. He did so in not only 1788 but in 1792 as well. Additionally, he was elected unanimously both times, setting another record that has not been broken to this day. Until Chester Arthur assumed office in 1881, Washington was also the only person sworn in as president in New York City. Also, his inauguration speech was the shortest of its kind, being only 135 words in length.
First Lady: Martha Dandridge Custis Washington
- Spouse: Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (m. 1759-1799)
Political Party: None
Vice President: John Adams
Last Words: "'Tis well."