George Washington’s Lower Part

There are so many interesting bits of historical trivia waiting to be found in old books.

This officer in the American Revolution was said to be one of the two handsomest men in the Revolutionary Army; a distinction he shared with Colonel William Smith Livingston (his second cousin).

He was a close friend of General Washington, and since his legs were “an exact pattern of General Washington’s”, and since “General Washington’s time was so taken up with public affairs”, at General Washington’s request Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge “posed for the lower part of the famous portrait of Washington by Trumbull”.

After the American Revolution, Colonel Benjamin Tallmadge married a daughter of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, had seven children and 23 grandchildren, became a successful merchant and bank president, and was a representative in the U.S. Congress for 16 years.

Of his 23 grandchildren, 16 were either granddaughters, or grandsons with surnames other than Tallmadge. Those 16 grandchildren could have eight or so generations of descendants by now.

Most of those Tallmadge descendants with different surnames are probably unaware that they have any Tallmadge ancestry at all, and yet, one of their Tallmadge ancestors was General George Washington’s body-double.

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