George Washington started a distillery.
After serving as the fledgling country's first-ever President, Washington moved on to a totally new endeavor: making whiskey.
After retiring from the presidency, Washington returned to Mount Vernon where he devoted much time to his plantations and other business interests, including his distillery, which produced its first batch of spirits in February 1797.
His distillery was just 75 feet by 30 feet in size, but in 1799 — the year of Washington's death — it produced 11,000 gallons of booze. That production volume made it the largest distillery in America at the time.