John Adams served as Vice President of the United States during George Washington's Presidency (1789-1797). After Washington refused to serve a third term, Adams was elected the second President of the United States (1797-1801). His son, John Quincy Adams, also became President (1825-1829).
George Washington suffered from toothaches for much of his adult life. At the age of 57, he finally had all of his teeth pulled, and from that point on he always wore false teeth. Although legend has it that these false teeth were carved from wood, they were actually carved from ivory and set in a silver plate.
President Washington was not affiliated with any political party. In fact, he was totally against the very notion of partisanship and warned against it in his farewell address, saying that although political parties "may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people."
In 1751, a young George Washington accompanied his half-brother Lawrence, who was stricken with consumption, to the West Indies, where they hoped the climate would be beneficial to his health. During their visit, however, George developed a severe case of small-pox which left him scarred for life. Lawrence died the following year, leaving George as heir of Mount Vernon, the family estate.
Valley Forge was a military camp 18 miles northwest of Philadelphia where the American Continental Army spent the winter of 1777-78 during the American Revolutionary War. Starvation, disease, malnutrition, and exposure killed more than 2,500 American soldiers by the end of February 1778.