Are These Presidential Myths True of False?
With it being President's Day, it's time for us to bring out the myths about our Founding Fathers and find out what's true and what's false.
We've all heard different myths about past presidents. It's time to find out the facts-
1. George Washington chopped down a cherry tree-True or False? We've all heard the story. Little George chopped down a cherry tree with a hatchet and when he was confronted by his father on whether he had or not, his famous line, "I cannot tell a lie" was spoken. False- Actually the tale wasn't released until after the president's death. It was a total lie...made up.
2. A bear's life was saved by Teddy Roosevelt-True or False? It is true that the term 'Teddy Bear' came from a cartoon about a confrontation that Roosevelt had with a trapped bear on a hunting trip. The captured bear was struggling so Roosevelt refused to kill it. False- The struggling captured bear wasn't killed by Roosevelt but he had a companion kill it with a knife to put it out of it's misery.
3. The Gettysburg Address was written on the back of an envelope by Abraham Lincoln-True or False? Many think that Honest Abe wrote his speech on the back of an envelope on a train from Washington D.C to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. False- Lincoln was invited to give a speech but it was in probably sometime in August of 1983 and his famous speech was given in November that same year. So had plenty of time to construct the famous speech.
4. Wood was the material used to make George Washington's false teeth-True or False? False- Although a pair of his ivory false teeth probably looked like wood, his false teeth were made out of materials like lead, gold, and ivory.
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