George Washington kept enslaved people on his plantation at Mount Vernon, as did Thomas Jefferson and many other early figures in American history. According to the official site of Mount Vernon, 317 people were enslaved at Mount Vernon at the time of Washington’s death in 1799… George Washington had false teeth but, contrary to popular rumor, they were not made of wood. According to the Mount Vernon official site, George Washington’s dentures “were probably more uncomfortable than wood. They were made of cow’s teeth, human teeth, and elephant ivory set in a lead base with springs that allowed him to open and close his mouth”… The story of George Washington chopping down a cherry tree is also not true; it was invented by an early biographer of Washington, Parson Mason Weems…George Washington was land-rich but often cash-poor, and had to borrow money in order to get to his first inauguration… George Washington is no relation to George Washington Carver, the great botanist of the early 20th century.
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