George Washington

George Washington Was a Giant of Man

George Washington - Moving ForwardEstimates of George Washington’s height range from 6’ 1’ to more than 6’ 4”.   That’s pretty tall by our standards.  But consider that the average height of a male in 1750 was 5 7”.   He must have looked like a giant!

So he was huge and famously strong.  But did he throw a silver dollar across the Potomac River?  Not likely.  The Potomac River is over a mile wide as it passes through Washington, DC.  More to the point, silver dollars hadn’t yet been minted!

Happy President’s Day!

— Katie

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