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As written and  told by Mason Locke Weems - 1800

When George Washington was about six years old,
he was made the wealthy master of a hatchet of which,
like most little boys, he was extremely fond.

He went about chopping everything that came his way.
One day, as he wandered about the garden amusing himself
by hacking his mother's pea sticks,

he found a beautiful, young English cherry tree,
of which his father was most proud.
He tried the edge of his hatchet

on the trunk of the tree and barked it so that it died.
Some time after this, his father
discovered what had happened to his favorite tree.

He came into the house in great anger,
and demanded to know who the mischievous person
was who had cut away the bark. Nobody could tell him anything about it.

Just then George, with his little hatchet, came into the room.
"George,'' said his father, "do you know who has killed
 my beautiful little cherry tree yonder in the garden?

I would not have taken five guineas for it!''
This was a hard question to answer, and for a moment George
was staggered by it, but quickly recovering himself he cried:

"I cannot tell a lie, father, you know I cannot tell a lie! I did cut it with  
my little hatchet.'' The anger died out of his father's face,
and taking the boy tenderly in his arms, he said:

"My son, that you should not be afraid to tell the truth
is more to me than a thousand trees!
Yes - though they were blossomed with silver and had leaves of the purest gold!''


George Washington said  "I can not tell a lie,  
I cut down the cherry tree".
What a brave boy he was - what a brave man he grew into

 He became the Father of America
During the American Revolution, he served without a salary
successfully leading an inexperienced army against Great Britain

He was unanimously elected president in 1789
He was elected President  for two terms
He refused to run for a third term

He did not want America
to have a king
He wanted the president to chosen by the people

February 22, 1732   -  December 14, 1799

Page  Designed by Kathy Collier   2 - 22 - 2013


Music: God Bless America  - Kayler Guitarist

***contrary to what was said George Washington
never lived in the white house
nor did he ever distill beer there.
The first American president known to have brewed his own beer on the grounds
of the White House in Washington, D.C., was Barack Obama,
who made porter and ale beginning in his first term.

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