Trivia’s Facts and More (8/20)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  You are invited to participate with the opening question.

Brain Teaser Question

What can run but never walks, has a mouth but never talks, has a head but never weeps, and has a bed but never sleeps?

(answer found at the end of this post)

Featured Facts

Many Americans know some facts about the first President of the United States, George Washington.  Here are a few to note.

Before becoming a soldier and military leader, he spent some of his younger years as a surveyor.  He was home schooled on the family plantation in Westmoreland County in the Colony of Virginia.  This was quite common for youth growing up in many of the southern colonies.

Here are some lesser known facts about “The Father of His Country.”  Prior to being elected President, Washington presided over the Constitutional Convention which crafted the iconic American Constitution, which is still used to this day.

Few people can remember which political party he was affiliated with during his time as President.  Washington was the only President to never be tied to a specific political party.

In his farewell address at the end of his second term in office, President Washington expressed his disdain for political parties.  He felt that the young country should function without them.  His words from this speech spoke with the following vision:

“[The spirit of party] serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration.  It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms, kindles the animosity of one part against another, foments occasionally riot and insurrection.”

In 1796, Gilbert Stuart painted this life-size portrait of President Washington. (courtesy of Pinterest)

Answer to Brain Teaser Question

A river.

9 thoughts on “Trivia’s Facts and More (8/20)

  1. Washington certainly had it right about political parties, didn’t he? Too bad we did not take his advice. He was a good President and should be remembered for all that he did for our nation. I live here in VA and I’m thoroughly dismayed about the tours of his home now because they include CRT during the tour. Trying to change history doesn’t make it go away, does it?

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    • Vickie, I agree that Washington should always hold a place of high esteem in American history. I have grown weary with people attacking past generations for their apparent shortcomings just because of the era they lived in. We definitely cannot rewrite history from the past. As for CRT, I can only remember it referred to as Criterion-Referenced Tests (back in my teaching days).

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