Which President Said, “I Cannot Tell a Lie”?

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George Washington is often noted for stating “I cannot tell a lie,” in a short story about him chopping down a cherry tree as a boy. Speculation from historians indicate that the cherry tree story written by Mason Weems was fictionalized.

The story of George Washington chopping down a cherry tree was included in a biography written after his death. George Washington grew up on Ferry Farm, where the story likely takes place. It has been confirmed that there were cherry trees on the farm when George Washington was 6 years old. The quote itself may have been constructed, but it still indicates honesty in the young boy who later became President of the United States.