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Letter from George Washington to his dentist, United States, 1795

Letter from George Washington to his dentist, United States, 1795

Credits: National Railway Museum

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George Washington was the first president of the US following the Constitution of 1789. He wrote this letter to his dentist, Mr John Greenwood (1760-1818). The letter is dated the 20th February 1795. It acknowledges the receipt of a denture ‘this Tuesday past’. Washington sent $60 in payment for the denture. This was a substantial sum of money in those days. Washington experienced a large number of dental complaints. He lost all his teeth by 1796. A replica piece of Washington’s denture (A600141) can also be seen on this website.

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