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Few figures in American history are surrounded by more well-intended mythology than George Washington. Throughout much of his adult life, many sought to perfect the image of the Father of our Nation, and after his death, others sought to deify the man.

10 Common Misconceptions

Let's set the record straight with some of these common falsehoods about George Washington.

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Washington's Wooden Teeth

Were George Washington's dentures really made of wood? Despite his legendary physical strength and iron constitution, his failing teeth were a source of regular suffering throughout his entire life. 

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Chopping Down the Cherry Tree

The cherry tree myth is the most well-known and longest enduring legend about George Washington.

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Growing Hemp

Yes, George Washington did grow hemp... but not the kind you're thinking of.

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Haunted by the Ghost of Washington

Given his oft-mythologized life, it is perhaps not surprising that George Washington has been the subject of numerous ghost stories.

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