Life in the 1700s - SA First Years Challenge

This past week some of us had Monday off while other were working like any other day.  The third Monday of February each year is celebrated as Presidents’ Day in honor of George Washington’s Birthday and all the men who have served this country as our President.  Even though this day is not a holiday everywhere it is important to take some time to recognize and honor the father of our country. 

I challenge you today to think about what life may have been like in the 1700s and how Washington would have lived. How does history play a role into current day society and our work in higher education?

Today, George Washington continues to be part of our life through our money, memorials, holidays, schools, and where this country started…

A few places that have been named in his honor include but are not limited too…

  • Washington Monument
  • $1 dollar bill
  • President’s Day
  • Mount Rushmore
  • Statue of Lieutenant General George Washington in Washington, D.C.
  • State of Washington
  • The nation’s capital, Washington D.C.
  • George Washington University
  • Washington University in St. Louis
  • Washington College, Maryland
  • Washington and Lee University, formal named Washington Academy
  • Washington is the 17th most common street name, the amount of streets in his name are unknown

 A few random facts you may have not known about Washington…

  • George Washington was the only president who did not live in Washington, D.C.
  • The only president who was unanimously elected
  • Favorite food include pineapples and Brazil Nuts
  • Washington was part owner and director of an iron mine
  • He was an excellent horse rider, named the best horseman’s of his age
  • Had red hair and did not wear a wig but instead powered his hair
  • Never shook hands with people, instead bowed when greeting people
  • Joined the British Royal Navy at the age of 14.

Also, Washington in comparison to other presidents in today’s dollar he would be worth around 500,000 and the riches president.

Sarah Frese
Student Affairs - the First Years 

Student Affairs - the First Years

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