Hi! your always missing blogger is back! I debated a lot whether to write this post or not because like I said in previous posts, I struggle to find out what my blog is really about. On the other hand I was desperate to tell someone about this facts and I didn’t know what to write here so why not show you guys?
Are you fans of Hamilton? fans of history? both? In my case I’m a huge fan of Hamilton and I’m a huge fan of history so I decided to show you guys some facts about the founding fathers + other characters in United States Independence history.
You must think, how is it that you’re interested in this? You’re not even north american. Well, like I also said before I’m a huge history fan and I’m all about facts so when I listened to Hamilton and saw the show through a low quality video that was uploaded to YouTube I decided I needed to know more about these people so here it goes…
- Congress mocked John Adams when they read his personal diary out loud.
- Aaron Burr once ate ice cream too quickly, got a brain freeze, and then thought he was dying.
- Thomas Jefferson had a ram that he called “his abominable animal”, which hospitalized some pedestrians and killed a small boy.
- Thomas Jefferson also introduced macaroni and cheese to the United States, designed a macaroni machine and invented the first swivel chair.
- George Washington was given the highest rank in the US military. When he died, he was only a two star general. Over the years after his death, more stars were added to his title; he now has six stars. By law, no one can ever outrank him
- Marquis de Lafayette was convinced to join the American Revolution by King George III’s brother.
- John Adams died on the 4th of July, 1826. His last words were, “Thomas Jefferson still survives.” He was sooo wrong, Jefferson died around 5 hours before Adams on exactly the same day.
- Aaron Burr tried to light a candle with gunpowder. He failed, caught himself on fire, then tried again. Burr was the definition of human disaster.
- Alexander Hamilton had a pay book during the Revolutionary War. In the pay book, he wrote about “how in ancient Rome…naked young noblemen whipped young, married women during the celebration of Lupercalia” to help conception, and how orgies helped make “married women more robust and capable of vigorous offspring” To say he was busy during the war is an understatement.
- Marie Antoinette, knowing that Lafayette was clumsy, invited him to dance. Nervous, he tripped and she laughed at him in front of everyone.
- Adams was told by his wife Abigail Adams, to “Remember the ladies,” meaning consider giving women rights in the new country being considered. Abigail wrote this to her husband while he was in Philadelphia working towards Independence, and Adams jokingly dismissed that idea, saying “he knew better.”
- Benjamin Franklin was not allowed to write the Declaration of Independence because everyone thought that he’d try to slip a joke into the document.
- Marquis de Lafayette napped with george washington under a tree once while using washington’s coat as a blanket.
- Two days before the signing of the Declaration of Independence, the delegates of the Constitutional Convention threw a party where they consumed 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, 8 bottles of whiskey, 22 bottles of porter, 8 bottles of hard cider, 12 bottles of beer and 7 bowls of alcoholic punch.
- Benjamin Franklin wrote an essay encouraging scholars to find a method for “improving the odor of human flatulence.”
- Benjamin Franklin enjoyed “air baths” – reading or writing in his house completely naked.
- Alexander Hamilton misspelled Pennsylvania on the Constitution.
- Benjamin Franklin thought America should use simplified English spellings. He said words such as “though,” “through,” and “night” should be spelled “tho,” “thru,” and “nite.”
- Alexander Hamilton founded the New York Post.
- He was also the first politician to have his career ruined by a sex scandal.
- While in England, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams visited William Shakespeare’s house together. They vandalized a chair by chipping off chucks to keep as souvenirs.
- When George Washington found a lost dog during the battle of Germantown, he returned the dog across enemy lines to the dog’s owner, his opponent from the battle, General Howe.
- Marquis de Lafayette came to America illegally, against the rules of the king, disguised as a pregnant woman.
- He eventually got captured and brought back to france; he escaped on a cargo ship and bought all of the cargo to keep the ship from stopping.
- Lafayette gifted John Quincy Adams an alligator as a pet.
- Thomas Jefferson broke his wrist trying to impress Maria Cosway, a married woman.
- Lafayette didn’t tell his wife that he was gone until after he was sailing away.
That’s all I have!