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Did George Washington actually chop down a cherry tree?

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No, the George Washington cherry tree was a story made up by Washington biographer Mason Locke (“Parson”) Weems in his book The Life of Washington (1800). In the tale, Washington chopped down a tree and when his father confronted him, Washington replied: “Father, I cannot tell a lie.”

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