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Did George Washington Really Have Wooden Teeth?

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Did George Washington Really Have Wooden Teeth?

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Posted October 10, 2011 at 4:00 PM (Answer #1)

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U.S. general and first president of the United States George Washington (1732–1799) had several sets of dentures (false teeth), but none of them was made of wood. New York City dentist John Greenwood made Washington's first set of false teeth out of hippopotamus ivory to which he riveted several human teeth.

Further Information: Boller, Paul F. Not So! Popular Myths about America from Columbus to Clinton. New York: Oxford University Press, 1996, pp. 33-34.

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