Lock of George Washington’s hair found in a very old library book 

A lock of former President George Washington’s hair was recently found in a very old library book. 

The tied bundle of six long strands was discovered when staff at Union College’s Schaffer Library in Schenectady, New York were performing an inventory of the collection, reports Fox News.

It was inside an almanac published in 1793 and accompanied by a handwritten note reading, “Washington’s hair, L.S.S. & GBS from James A Hamilton given by his mother, Aug. 10, 1871.” 

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"Several strands of gray or whitening hair, neatly tied together by a single thread, were found in an envelope. John Reznikoff, a prominent manuscripts and documents dealer in Westport, Conn. said the hair is "undoubtedly Washington's."'

(Photo: Union College)

(Photo: Union College)

"Strands of Washington's hair were discovered in an envelope tucked inside a leather book, “Gaines Universal Register or American and British Kalendar for the year 1793.” Also inside was an 1804 letter to Philip J. Schuyler, the son of Gen. Philip Schuyler, one of the College’s founders."

(Photo: Union College)

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A bit of sleuthing revealed the almanac had likely once belonged to Philip J. Schuyler, one of the founders of the college, who was both Washington’s friend and Alexander Hamilton’s father-in-law.

The theory is that Washington gave the hair to Hamilton and his wife Eliza, who later gave it to their son James Hamilton. 

James then passed it along to his granddaughters Louisa Lee and Georgina Schuyler, notes WCVB.

John Reznikoff, an area expert in historic objects, commented, “Without DNA, you’re never positive, but I believe it’s 100 percent authentic.” 

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