(Meredith) – An old leather-bound 1793 almanac was uncovered at Union College Library in upstate New York, and what was inside have historians excited.
Researchers found several strands of George Washington’s white hair, which had been held together by a string, according to the New York Post.
Historians told the paper that the 1793 almanac belonged to Phillip J. Schuyler, the son of New York Senator Philip Schuyler. Schuler Sr. was the father-in-law of Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton.
“Washington’s hair, L.S.S. & (scratched out) GBS from James A. Hamilton given him by his mother, Aug. 10, 1871,” the envelope read, according to the post.
James A. Hamilton was the third son of Alexander Hamilton.
The hair was thought to be a gift according to historians, who believed it was a common gesture during colonial times.
How much would the hair belonging to America’s first president go for these days? The New York Times reported that two of Washington’s locks went for a few thousand dollars at auction, and hair belonging to Abraham Lincoln sold for more than $38,000 in 2012.
The post reported that the discovery was thanks in part to the college’s recent funding for archival collections. The goal was to unearth hidden treasures lost to history on campus.
Historians said that the almanac may have been donated to the college’s first Founders Day in 1937.
College officials told the post that they hope to have the almanac on display so everyone can see the historical artifact.
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