George Washington is a beloved figure in our nation’s history - he was a general during the American Revolution, president of our Constitutional Convention, and was unanimously elected by the Electoral College to serve as our nation’s first president. Perhaps the most legendary and significant figure in our nation’s history, we wondered what other fun facts we could find about our founding father. Here’s what we discovered:
George Washington had two birthdays! How, you say? Well, he was born on February 11, 1731 in the british colony of Virginia. However, England and its colonies later adapted the Gregorian calendar, which moved his birthday to February 22, 1732.
Washington was a highly skilled equestrian, a skill that undoubtedly aided his military prowess during the Revolutionary War.
Contrary to popular belief, Washington did not wear a wig. He did powder his hair, however. Washington’s real hair color was actually light brown, but powdering hair was in fashion at the time.
Washington was a fascinating and complex man of many interests, and was one of the leaders and developers of our democracy. So today, in honor of him and all of our Presidents, let’s celebrate our nation’s history!
Angelica Cesario is Lawline's Lead Program Attorney. She graduated cum laude from Amherst College in 2008 and holds a B.A. in Women's and Gender Studies and a Certificate in Latino and Latin American Studies. She received her J.D. from Columbia Law School in 2013 and is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. Before joining Lawline, Angelica worked as a plaintiff-side labor & employment litigation attorney. Outside of work, Angelica serves on the Board of Directors of the TEAK Fellowship, a non-profit academic and cultural enrichment program that provides educational access to top NYC students. Angelica is the proud mom of an energetic toddler. During her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new foods, and catching up on her favorite TV shows.