How tall was George Washington?
George Washington stood approximately 6'2 ½ ", which would be considered tall even today.
He had reddish brown hair and blue eyes.
Upon meeting Washington in 1760, George Mercer wrote:
"He may be described as being straight as an Indian,
measuring six feet two inches in his stockings, and weighing 175 pounds."
What was George Washington's middle name?
He had no middle name. George Washington was his full name.
Did George Washington have children?
No. George Washington had no children.
However, George and Martha Washington raised two children from her first marriage,
John Parke Custis and Martha Parke Custis,
and two of her grand-children,
George Washington Parke Custis and Eleanor Parke Custis, at Mount Vernon.
By all accounts, George Washington was a very loving father to his stepchildren and step-grandchildren.
Did George Washington enjoy sports?
George Washington was considered a very fine athlete -
he was big and quite strong.
Thomas Jefferson once wrote of Washington that he was "the best horseman of his age."
Washington enjoyed the sport of foxhunting,
and often welcomed friends to Mount Vernon for a hunt in his woods.
He also enjoyed fishing and horseback riding.
What was the name of George Washington's favorite horse?
George Washington had many horses, but his favorite may have been Nelson,
who served him throughout the Revolutionary War.
Nelson remained calm and obedient during the gunfire
and confusion of the worst battles.
In recognition of his wartime service, Nelson was retired to pasture after the war.
He was never ridden or required to work again.
Was George Washington ever afraid?
It is difficult to say whether he was ever personally afraid.
Those who knew him and fought with him in both
the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War
said he had tremendous personal courage.
In one battle of the French and Indian War,
he had two horses shot from under him
and four bullet holes through his coat,
but he stayed on the field to lead his men.
It may be fair to say that, although he was not afraid,
he had reservations about becoming Commander in Chief and later President,
because he knew that those positions came with tremendous responsibilities
and that the fate of the nation, quite literally, would rest with him.
George Washington did undertake these obligations in the end
because of his sense of duty to his country.
How did George Washington die?
George Washington died on December 14, 1799, at Mount Vernon
of a condition diagnosed by his doctors as quinsy
- or a severe inflammation of the tissues surrounding the tonsils.
(Modern doctors think the condition was actually what they call "acute epiglottitis.")
Two days earlier, he had ridden around to his farms,
as was his usual habit while home at Mount Vernon.
The day was snowy, and he arrived home around 3:00 p.m. chilled and damp.
He refused to change for dinner, and according to his secretary,
he took cold.
His condition worsened quickly, and although
three doctors were summoned to Mount Vernon,
Washington died on the evening of December 14.
According to his wishes, he was buried at Mount Vernon on December 18, 1799.
What are the inscriptions on Washington's tomb?
On a stone tablet over the entrance to the vault is inscribed the brief legend,
"Within this Enclosure Rest the remains of General George Washington."
On the back wall of the open vault above the iron door of the inner vault
an inset stone bears the following passage,
"I am the resurrection and the life, saith the Lord,
he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live;
and whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die."
Book of John, chapter 11, verses 25 & 26.
On the sarcophagus that contains General Washington's body,
under the coat of arms of the United States,
On the sarcophagus that contains Martha Washington's body is inscribed,
"Martha, Consort of Washington."
On the foot is inscribed, "Died May 22, 1802, aged 70 years.