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Was George Washington Really Honest?

by Joe Cassady

George Washington probably did not chop down his father's cherry tree. George Washington probably did not admit it by saying "I cannot tell a lie!" But people often repeat this story because it shows Washington's honesty.

One day, Little Suzy once asked her mother "Mom, do people who never tell lies go to heaven?"

"Yes", her mother answered, "they are the only ones."

To which Little Suzy replied "Gosh, I bet it gets lonesome up there with just God and George Washington!"

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Gilbert Stuart Williamstown Portrait of George Washington Public Domain