Baby born on George Washington’s birthday, named George Washington

American statesman George Washington (1732-1799)
George Washington

George Washington, the first president of the United States, was born on February 22, 1732.

A few minutes before midnight on February 22, 1931 — almost 200 years later — Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Bushman of Chicago welcomed a baby boy. They named him George Washington Bushman.

But it doesn’t end there.

A few minutes after midnight, the baby’s twin sister was born. Her name? Martha Washington Bushman. (The real Martha Washington was born in June, incidentally.)

The twins’ patriotic names were chosen by their father, who was out of work at the time.

“That’s because I love America,” he said. “I love this country even when times are bad.”

(The twins were born in the middle of the Great Depression.)

Source: “Twins Named After George and Martha.” Portsmouth Times 24 Feb. 1931: 1.

Image: George Washington (1795) by Gilbert Stuart

One thought on “Baby born on George Washington’s birthday, named George Washington

  1. The parents’ grandparents do not like the names which was after George and Martha Washington. The babies were later changed to John Donald and Grace Marie. John Donald died in 1985, and Grace Marie, 18 years later.

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