Interesting Facts About George Washington: The Only President Ever To Be Elected Unanimously

George Washington

George Washington

George Washington was a key figure in the founding of America. As the first president, he served as president from April 30, 1789-March 3, 1797.

From being a great dancer to an excellent horseman and athlete, George Washington was a unique President to say the least. He is widely known to have been the key player in shaping the role and function of the President of the United States.

With his tweets, comments, and glorious statements, Donald Trump has managed to capture the attention of millions around the globe. While the world continues to speculate what is in store for the current President of the United States, let us take a stroll down memory lane and have a look at the outlandish ways of the first President of the United States, George Washington.

Here are few interesting facts about George Washington that may surprise you:

1. Washington was constantly bothered by toothaches. At 57, he had all his teeth pulled. From then on, he wore ivory false teeth set in a silver plate, contrary to the notion that he had wooden teeth.

2. Washington was actually born on February 11, 1731, but when the colonies switched to the Gregorian calendar from the Julian calendar, his birthday was moved eleven days. Since his birthday fell before the old date for New Year’s Day, but after the new date for New Year’s Day, his birth year was changed to 1732.

3. Washington’s favorite breakfast was hoecakes—simple pancakes made with cornmeal—served with butter and honey. Usually fried in butter in a stove-top pan, hoecakes can also be cooked over a fire on the flat back of a hoe, hence their unusual name.

4. His friends called him “General”—even his wife, Martha (at least in public). We don’t know what she called him privately, though, because she burned their letters after her beloved husband died.

5. Washington was one of the most successful liquor distributors in the new nation. He built a state-of-the-art distillery at Mt. Vernon, where he made rye whiskey, apple brandy and peach brandy. The distillery has been restored in recent years, and is now open to visitors.

6. He was the only President ever to be unanimously elected. By the end of the Revolutionary War, Washington was a hero and America’s first choice to run the fledgling country. The newly chosen Electoral College met on February 4, 1789. Only ten states cast their votes, since New York had not chosen electors and North Carolina and Rhode Island had yet to ratify the Constitution, making them unable to participate. The count was approved by Congress on April 6. Washington had been voted unanimously with sixty-nine votes as the first President of the United States of America. John Adams received the second most votes, securing his position as Vice President.

7. He remains the highest ranking U.S. officer of all time. During the Revolutionary War, Washington was the highest ranking officer as a three-star lieutenant general. Since that time, any four or five-star general has outranked him. Until the 1970’s, that is. January 19, 1976, approaching the 200th anniversary of our nation, Congress approved to promote Washington to General of the Armies. The rank is the highest one can achieve in the U.S. Army and has only been achieved twice, the other being John J. Pershing during World War I. Washington was officially promoted as General of the Armies of the United States on March 13, 1978, with the effective date being July 4, 1776. Congress also cleared up any confusion by declaring Washington would outrank any past, present, or future general. Sorry, General Pershing.

8. He gave the shortest inaugural address—ever. On April 30, 1789, the newly elected President Washington took his oath of office in New York City before moving to the Senate chamber to give the first ever inaugural address. It took him around ten minutes, start to finish. His second inaugural address on March 4, 1793, was even shorter, and is still the shortest inaugural address ever given by a President at a mere 135 words.

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