Shucks! Nope! That's just a commonly held myth.

The correct answer is: George Washington loved to dance and entertain guests. While many think of Washington as stoic and distant, he was an accomplished dancer who loved entertaining family and friends. As with all things, Washington took his study of dance seriously and even referred to it as “the gentler conflict.”

While the President paid little attention to his day of birth—his diary shows he preferred attending to his usual routine of work at Mount Vernon—you can help celebrate Washington’s 288th birthday and honor his legacy with a gift today.

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