Happy Birthday George Washington
George Washington’s Farewell Address (image: Edward Percy Moran)
by: Grayson Leverenz
Known as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, George Washington led the American revolutionary forces to victory over the British army, solidifying independence for the United States in 1781. Washington became the 1st President of the United States eight years later, and is credited with establishing many US government fundamentals that still exist today.
A folktale says that a young George Washington chopped down his father’s cherry tree, and claimed he “could not tell a lie” when confronted about the incident. While it’s never been proven that Washington actually chopped down the tree, it’s still fun to honor him with a slice of cherry pie on his birthday.