“(NEWSER) – “I have been protected beyond all human probability or expectation,” the National Archives quote George Washington in a letter to his brother following the French and Indian War. He wasn’t kidding.
In a piece written for Washington’s birthday this week, the Washington Post reveals America’s first president was nigh indestructible. In his lifetime, Washington bested smallpox, malaria, infections, abscesses, tuberculosis, dysentery, and a boil “the size of two fists.”
And that’s not even mentioning the battles he survived.
Washington claimed that during the French and Indian War, four bullets ripped through his coat and two horses were shot while he rode them. He apparently had so many close calls he was rumored to be dead. Yet somehow he managed to live to 67.”