Many Beds, Just One George

The following item about George Washington appeared under the heading “Biography” in the New Yorker on May 17, 1958:

The best essay on George Washington that we have received in the mail this year came from a United States Army service school in Berlin, and was written by a student whose first name is Carolyn. It follows, in full:


George Washington was born in 1732 in Virginia. he was brave, honest, kind, and cheerful. He chopped down a cherry tree. He led the Revolutionary War. He went to school from 8 to 16. Some people called him the “Father of His Country” or “The Father of Freedom.” He was President for two terms. He was married twice but slept in many beds.

IMAGE: Poster for the film George Washington Slept Here (1942). Trailer after the jump.


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