President’s Day


The history of President’s Day dates back to the year 1800, following the death of George Washington in 1799. The measure was signed into law 1870 by President Rutherford B. Hayes. It was the first holiday to celebrate the life of an individual American. But here are some facts you might not have heard.

  1. What was George Washington’s education? He started school at 6, but had to left at 15 to become a surveyor. His mother couldn’t afford college.
  2. How tall was George? George is one of our largest presidents at 6’2″ and 200 pounds.
  3. George’s favorite foods: George loved vegan foods. His favorites were cream of peanut soup, mashed sweet potatoes with coconut, and string beans with mushrooms.
  4. Pets? George bread hound dogs and treated them as members of the family. The unusual names – Tartar, Truelove and Sweet Lips.
  5. Marriage details: George married Martha Dandridge Custis, a widow with two children, Jacky and Patsy. Washington never had any children of his own.
  6. Physical ailments: Toothaches bothered him for years. When he was 57 he had all his teeth pulled. He wore ivory false teeth set in a silver plate.
  7. Where was home to George? He helped plan the nation’s new capital city that was named for him, but never lived there. He resided in New York City and later, Philadelphia, while he was President. Both these cities were our capitals prior to Washington D.C.

Like to know more? Visit the History Channel’s website.


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