One of the most famous military medals, the purple heart (given to soldiers wounded or killed while serving) originated back in the 18th century. When the modern medal was modernized in the 20th century, it featured a portrait of George Washington himself.
While George Washington was a founding father of America, he had no children of his own. Many believe he was sterile when he caught smallpox earlier in his life. He was a step-father to two of Martha Washington’s children from a previous marriage.
In the course of our American history, 14 presidents (and other presidents who tried to join) have been members of the Freemasons. The presidents include George Washington, James Monroe, Andrew Jackson, James Polk, James Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, James Garfield, William McKinley, Theodore Roosevelt, Howard Taft, Warren Harding, Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Gerald Ford. TheContinue reading “Fun Fact: Presidents Who Were Free Masons”
George Washington is the only president to receive every single vote in the electoral college. James Monroe won every single state in the 1820 election (running unopposed) though one single elector named William Plumer pledged 1 vote to John Quincy Adams. Some credit the move to preserve Washington’s legacy, but others claim that Plumer thoughtContinue reading “Fun Fact: George Washington’s Electoral Record”
Despite popular belief, Washington didn’t have teeth made of wood. His four known dentures had gold, ivory, lead, and animal teeth.