#20 – George Washington
The first President of the United States, George Washington was one of the smartest of our founding fathers despite being among the few who never graduated from college. Even at an early age, Washington knew the value of education but was faced with a tough choice at 11 years old when his father died, leading him to courageously quit school to help his family.
With only an elementary school education thanks to various tutors, the father of our country had an estimated IQ of 132. Astonishing, isn’t it? From his role as a competent military commander to the Commander-in-Chief, his intelligence and poise were well beyond what any classroom could teach. Washington even made sure his appreciation for education continued after his death by giving a portion of his wealth to three different schools. What a true example of greatness!