On Monday, we celebrated the birthday of America’s first President, George Washington. We all know he led the Revolutionary War to give us independence from the British and that he played a big role in drafting our Constitution. But there’s probably a lot of interesting info about the father of our country you didn’t know. For example, as the foremost pet friendly apartments in Moore, OK, we were happy to hear Washington was a dog lover. He kept and bred over 30 hunting hounds, earning him the nickname, “Father of the American Foxhound.” According to his journals, three of the hounds’ names were Drunkard, Tippler, and Tipsy. That’s just one of the fun facts we found in Mental Floss Magazine’s list of the 25 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About George Washington. Check out the 35 West team’s top 5 favorites below:
- He was not born on February 15th or 22nd of 1732: 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.
- He owned a whiskey distillery: He installed it at Mount Vernon in 1798 and it was profitable. According to Julian Niemcewicz, a Polish visitor to the estate, it distilled 12,000 gallonsa year. In 1799, Washington wrote to his nephew: “Two hundred gallons of Whiskey will be ready this day for your call, and the sooner it is taken the better, as the demand for this article (in these parts) is brisk.”
- He didn’t have wooden teeth: But he did have dental issues. When he attended his first inauguration, he only had one tooth left in his head.
- Before becoming the father of the nation, Washington was a master surveyor: He spent the early part of his career as a professional surveyor. Here’s one of the earliest maps he created, of his half brother Lawrence Washington’s turnip garden. Over the course of his life, Washington created some 199 surveys. Washington took this skill with him into his role as a military leader. Read much more about that here.
- He is the only president to actually go into battle while serving as president:
Not counting Bill Pullman in Independence Day, of course. According to the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau, “On September 19, 1794, George Washington became the only sitting U.S. President to personally lead troops in the field when he led the militia on a nearly month-long march west over the Allegheny Mountains to the town of Bedford.”