George Washington

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  1. Shirley Martin

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    was not the first American president.
     
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    True. John Hanson was the first president of the United States, under the Articles of Confederation, an office he held for one year. He established the Great Seal of the United States, the Treasury Department, and Thanksgiving. Six other presidents were elected after him, all before George Washington. They were Elias Boudinot (1783), Thomas Mifflin (1784), Richard Henry Lee (1785), Nathan Gorman (1786), Arthur St. Clair (1787), and Cyrus Griffin (1788). George Washington was the first president of the United States elected under the Constitution.
     
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    Good job! Most people don't know that.
     
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    I couldn't have named the others from memory, and had to look them up, but I did know that John Hanson was the first because I have used that on people often.
     
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    I did not know that. I feel like I am earning a degree on this Forum. :) I was reading something the other day that said George Washington never had wooden false teeth either, do either of you know the the truth about that?
     
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  6. Joe Riley

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    He did not wear wooden teeth.
     
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  8. Joe Riley

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    Bridge is out!

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    I am pretty sure that Washington's teeth were made of Ivory, and other composite materials. They were extremely uncomfortable for him so I think he took them out at every opportunity. Washington was born about an hour so from here, in Ferry Farm. Another myth in regard to Washington, is that he never threw a silver dollar across the Potomac. The Potomac is very wide near Washington's boyhood home, and it could not be done. Parson Weems was Washington's main biographer, and he told some tall tales in regard to dear old George.
     
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    ...Yes, but you must remember, that in Washington's day, a dollar went further!;)
     
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