Monday, February 16, 2009

President’s Day Facts: George Washington Was A Giant

ODESSA, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There are some strange, little known facts about the head honchos we honor on President’s Day (Feb. 16).

Though he appears tiny on the $1 bill, America’s first president, George Washington was actually a monster of a man, according to Lettie England of the Presidential Museum in Odessa, Texas.

She says that at his death, Washington measured a whopping six-foot, three-and-a-half inches tall and once threw a peg 215 feet in a throwing contest.

President Abraham Lincoln was no small fry either, and the people who exhumed his dead body three times felt it.

Lincoln was originally laid to rest in Springfield, Illinois, but was transferred to a burial chamber in 1887.

However, rumors began to swirl that there was no body in the casket, so Honest Abe was dug up again and a hole was made in the coffin to prove he was inside.

England says one onlooker described Lincoln’s dead face as “perfect as it is on his bronze statue.”

Lincoln was finally given his final resting place in 1901 – 36 years after his death.

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