George Washington is often noted for stating "I cannot tell a lie," in a short story about him chopping down a cherry tree as a boy. Speculation from historians indicate that the cherry tree story written by Mason Weems was fictionalized.
The story of George Washington chopping down a cherry tree was included in a biography written after his death. George Washington grew up on Ferry Farm, where the story likely takes place. It has been confirmed that there were cherry trees on the farm when George Washington was 6 years old. The quote itself may have been constructed, but it still indicates honesty in the young boy who later became President of the United States.Learn More
George Washington was chosen as the first president of the United States of America. He served two terms from 1789 to 1797. He presided over the process of writing the United States Constitution, which replaced the Articles of Confederation.Full Answer >
According to legend, George Washington cut down his father's prized cherry tree while playing as a child, then admitted to doing so instead of trying to avoid punishment because he could not bear to tell a lie. The story spread when it was adapted for inclusion in the "McGuffey Readers" primers used in most American schools during the late 1800s.Full Answer >
William Howard Taft was president of the United States in 1910. Elected in 1908 as the 27th president, he served only one term from 1909 until 1913.Full Answer >
The President of the United States in 1930 was Herbert Hoover. Hoover served one term in the White House between 1929 and 1933. He was America's 31st President.Full Answer >