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George Washington Letter Sees Him Pressed for Cash

Previously unknown 1787 letter about land for sale expected to fetch $50K at auction

(Newser) - A previously unknown letter from George Washington in which the first US president hints at financial troubles is ironically expected to fetch $50,000 at auction, CNN reports. Raab Collection, an auction house with a focus on historical documents, revealed the discovery of the 1787 letter "unknown to scholars"...

No Washington, Lincoln, or Feinstein on City's Schools

Mayor would prefer the board work on a reopening plan

(Newser) - Gone are a slew of historical figures, including Washington, Jefferson, and Lincoln—as well as the much more recent Dianne Feinstein. The San Francisco Board of Education has voted to take those names and others off 44 of its schools. The board has for years debated whether to rename buildings...

Tammy Duckworth Fires Back at Tucker Carlson in Op-Ed

'These titanium legs don't buckle'

(Newser) - Tucker Carlson has stepped up his attacks against Sen. Tammy Duckworth in recent days, calling her a moron, a coward , and a vandal and challenging Duckworth's patriotism after she expressed openness to a "national dialogue" about the complicated legacies of American founders. In a blistering New York Times...

Roosevelt Statue Coming Down, and His Family Agrees

Shows Teddy Roosevelt with Native American and an African man outside NYC museum

(Newser) - A long-standing statue of Teddy Roosevelt outside the American Museum of Natural History in New York City is coming down. This time, it's because the museum itself made the request of the city, reports the New York Times . The bronze statue, in place since 1940, depicts Roosevelt on horseback,...

George Washington Comes Down in Portland

Messages left behind include 'You are on native land'

(Newser) - George Washington no longer stands outside the German American Society of Portland in Oregon. Hours before the Juneteenth holiday dawned, a group of about 20 people met at a bronze statue on the organization's lawn and, after more people arrived, pulled it down, Time reports. The protesters wrapped the...

School Board Won't Destroy Controversial Washington Mural

SF high school will cover it up instead

(Newser) - A controversial George Washington mural at San Francisco's George Washington High School is going to survive—behind panels. In a 4-3 vote Tuesday, San Francisco's school board reversed an earlier decision and decided to cover the mural with panels instead of simply painting over it, NBC reports. The...

Cost to Cover Up George Washington at School Could Approach $1M

1936 mural at Calif. high school is causing 'a lot of emotional stress' for some

(Newser) - It doesn't seem unreasonable at first glance that a school named after George Washington would have a depiction of him somewhere on its premises. But a mural featuring the country's first president that appears in the lobby of San Francisco's George Washington High School has kick-started what...

Revolutionary War Hero Appears Female or Intersex
Looks Like Revolutionary
War Hero Wasn't Male
new study

Looks Like Revolutionary War Hero Wasn't Male

Casimiar Pulaski may have been female or intersex, researchers say

(Newser) - A Revolutionary War hero dubbed the "father of the American cavalry" may well have been female or even intersex, if new research holds up. Experts analyzing the DNA and bones of Casimiar Pulaski—a Polish-American soldier who was fatally wounded in the 1779 Siege of Savannah—say the skeleton...

Today Is the Most Confusing Holiday of the Year
Today Is the Most Confusing
Holiday of the Year

Today Is the Most Confusing Holiday of the Year

And not just because of the roving apostrophe

(Newser) - True or false: The reason you're not getting mail on Monday is because it's a federal holiday called Presidents Day, President's Day, or Presidents' Day. Technically, false. As CNN explains, the federal holiday is called Washington's Birthday. Except that Washington's Birthday never, in fact, falls...

Lock of Washington's Hair as 'Hefty' as Its Price

Strands of first president's hair sell for as much as a car

(Newser) - Someone just paid thousands of dollars per strand of George Washington's hair. A bidder nabbed the "hefty" lock of hair from America's first president for $35,764 in a Lelands auction that closed Friday, per USA Today . The gavel fell at more than three times the expected...

Trump: 'I Have a Natural Instinct for Science'

He says only George Washington has done better as president

(Newser) - President Trump likened the international condemnation of Saudi Arabia to the accusations against Brett Kavanaugh in a White House interview with the AP on Tuesday—but that was far from the only subject he addressed. In response to a question about his tax returns, Trump claimed to have "had...

Newest Budweiser Beer Inspired by George Washington's Recipe

Introducing the Freedom Reserve Red Lager

(Newser) - In 1757, George Washington wrote down a beer recipe in the military journal he used during the French and Indian War. More than 260 years later, that beer is coming to the masses, thanks to Budweiser. The beer maker is releasing a beer "inspired by" the handwritten recipe. Freedom...

6 Hairs in Library Book Came From Famous Head

That would be George Washington

(Newser) - You don't expect a hair-raising discovery to come from a book of population estimates for the American colonies, especially one with the boring title of "Gaines Universal Register or American and British Kalendar for the Year 1793." Yet buried in the volume kept on a library shelf...

Washington's River Crossing Saved—by a Bunch of Kids

Students' handmade rowboats can cross the Delaware River despite low water levels

(Newser) - George Washington and his troops' annual Christmas Day trip across the Delaware River has been saved by boats made by children. Organizers had feared Monday's crossing would have to be canceled because low water levels in the river between Pennsylvania and New Jersey would have made it impossible for...

Washington May Not Be Able to Recross the Delaware

Low water levels may keep re-enactors stuck on shore

(Newser) - The annual re-enactment of George Washington's daring 1776 crossing of the Delaware River draws large crowds of families and history fans to both sides of the river in Pennsylvania and New Jersey each year on Christmas. But the re-enactors may be kept out of the water this year unless...

NJ Town's Iconic 600-Year-Old Tree Will Fall

Tree George Washington reportedly picnicked under has died, will be taken down

(Newser) - For hundreds of years, an imposing white oak tree has watched over a New Jersey community and church, providing protection from the summer sun, serving as a scenic backdrop for thousands of photos and—according to legend—as a picnic site for George Washington. But the tree—believed to be...

George Washington Was Shockingly Hard to Kill

America's 1st president survived smallpox, tuberculosis, malaria, war...

(Newser) - "I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation," the National Archives quote George Washington in a letter to his brother following the French and Indian War. He wasn't kidding. In a piece written for Washington's birthday this week, the Washington Post reveals America's...

Historians Say 11 Presidents Were Better Than Obama

But he's still the best since Ronald Reagan: poll

(Newser) - Barack Obama was the best US president since Ronald Reagan, but he's got nothing on Abraham Lincoln. That's the takeaway from a C-SPAN survey of 91 historians who helped rank the best presidents in US history based on 10 criteria, including administrative skill, moral authority, crisis leadership, and...

She Was George Washington's Slave—Until She'd Had Enough

Oney Judge escaped and remained free the rest of her life

(Newser) - It appears the world is about to get familiar with the fascinating story of Oney Judge. As the New York Times explains, Judge (also known as Ona) was one of George Washington's slaves until she managed to escape. The president took this as a personal affront—he huffed at...

Scholastic Pulls Kids Book on Washington Slaves, Cake

'Oh, how George Washington loves his cake!'

(Newser) - Scholastic is pulling a new picture book about George Washington and his slaves amid objections it sentimentalizes a brutal part of American history. A Birthday Cake for George Washington was released Jan. 5 and had been strongly criticized for its upbeat images and story of Washington's cook (the slave...

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