Greatest Facts Contest: The Winners!

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We've just been handed an envelope that contains the results of our Greatest Facts contest that coincided with the release of our new American History book. The winners are...

1) The U.S. Army suffered its worst defeat in 1791 on the Wabash River to a confederation of Eastern Woodlands tribes under Miami Chief Little Turtle. General Arthur St. Clair's force suffered nearly 900 casualties out of 1400 men, effectively wiping out 25% of the standing army at the time. (Submitted by Ross G. Shaw)
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2) Martha Washington is the only woman whose portrait has appeared on U.S. paper currency. It appeared on $1 Silver Certificates, Series 1886, 1891, and 1896. (Submitted by Darrin Ambrose)
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3) Alexander Hamilton was involved in America's first sex scandal. He had an affair with Maria Reynolds and paid nearly $1000 to her husband, who had been demanding blackmail money from Hamilton in exchange for sleeping with his wife. When Maria finally divorced her husband, her lawyer was Aaron Burr. (Submitted by Erica Ma)
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4) Jimmy Carter was the first US President born in a hospital. (Submitted by Abhinav Praneet)
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5) At 53 square miles, the Denver airport is larger than the land area of Boston (48 square miles). (Submitted by Danny Groner)

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6) Smokey the Bear is the only fictional character to have his own ZIP code - 20252. (Submitted by Brian A. Henegar)
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7) The inventor of Lincoln Logs, John Lloyd Wright, is the son of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright. John was also an architect, and was inspired by the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, which his father designed. (Submitted by Jana Warner)
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8) Ben Franklin composed his own epitaph when he was 22 years old. (It wasn't used on his tombstone, though.) (Submitted by Kanika Wahi)
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9) During Lincoln's campaign for the presidency, a Democrat named Valentine Tapley from Missouri swore that he would never shave again if Abe was elected. He didn't shave from November 1860 until he died in 1910. His beard reached a length of 12 feet 6 inches. (Submitted by Haley Jackson)
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10) Jimmy Carter is the only president to serve a full term without nominating a Supreme Court justice. (Submitted by Kimberly Campbell)

Congrats, everyone! We'll be in touch shortly about how to claim your prizes. If this has inspired you to go on an American History binge, check out our new book!

October 25, 2010 - 9:24am
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