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.
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.
Did the man whose portrait is on the one dollar bill ever tell a lie? Were his teeth really made of wood? Did George Washington actually throw a silver dollar across the Potomac River? And where’s that cherry tree that he reportedly cut down as a youth?