Athletic Presidents

Athletic Presidents

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While it's hard to measure Washington's athleticism by today's standards, his impressive shows of strength and dexterity are well documented.

The father of our country led many successful military campaigns, was called the best horseback rider in the United States, and excelled in sports such as rock throwing and pitching the iron bar (an early form of javelin).

His abilities might have been related to his impressive size. Washington stood an imposing 6'2" and weighed an estimated 220 pounds. The average height of a man in his 20's in Washington's timeranged from 5' 4" to 5' 7".