Think your family knows a thing or two about America’s first president, George Washington? Think again.
According to Kenneth C. Davis, New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Know Much about History, what most of us were taught in elementary school was a simplified, sanitized, “historically tummy-tucked” version of his life. Says Davis, “The real Washington was far more interesting.”
After spending countless hours in libraries, scouring through old books and eyewitness accounts, Davis created a five-question quiz of some of the most surprising Washingtonian facts for his book Don’t Know Much about Anything, which we’ve excerpted below.
So gather the kids and get ready to test your knowledge of G.W.—fun facts about this famous founding father await you! It’s a great way to add a little bit of learning to your Presidents’ Day celebration.