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Strands of George Washington’s hair found in the book

An almanac 1793 was found on a shelf at Union College library with strands of George Washington’s hair.

A beach of white hair, tucked into a shabby almanac on the shelf of a college library in the north of the state of New York has revealed to be one of the nation’s Founding Fathers.

Union College, located in Schenectady, said in a press release that the lock of hair belonging to George Washington was found during a recent inventory review of the decoration, in a leather book with the title “Gaines Universal Register, or American and British Calendar for the Year 1793.”

“This is a very important treasure,” said India Spartz, head of the college’s special collections and archives. “It is a huge testament of the history, and our connection with some of the most important historical figures.”

The almanac is supposed to have belonged to Philip J. Schuyler, the son of Gen. Philip Schuyler, one of the college of the founders and a good friend of Washington who served under him during the Revolutionary War. Schuyler was also Alexander Hamilton, the father-in-law.

Strands of George Washington’s hair, was discovered in an envelope hidden in a leather book, “Gaines Universal Register, or American and British Calendar for the year 1793.”

(Union College Office of Communications)

Spartz told NEWS10 that the two families were close and it was not unusual in that period to give away a part of her as a token.

“They were well connected, they had a good social status,” she said.

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Researchers from the school said that the almanac had a number of handwritten notes of Schuyler within, including the narrow envelope which was written “Washington’s hair, L. S. S. & (scratches from) GBS of James A. Hamilton, given to him by his mother, Aug. 10, 1871.”

Strands of George Washington’s hair, was discovered in an envelope hidden in a leather book, “Gaines Universal Register, or American and British Calendar for the year 1793.”

(Union College Office of Communications)

The six strands of the hair in the book are still held together by a single delicate thread. College officials said that “contrary to popular lore, Washington did not wear a wig.”

“His hair was originally reddish-brown and he powdered regularly to achieve the trendy white color. By the time of his presidency, but the red-brown had faded to the gray-white color seen in the Union’s strands,” the school said.

The officials of the Schuyler Mansion, a state historic site in Albany, told the researchers of the board that James Hamilton, the third son of Alexander Hamilton, gave the lock of hair to his granddaughters, Louisa Lee Schuyler and Georgina Schuyler, whose initials are on that yellow envelope.

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Strands of George Washington’s hair, was discovered in an envelope hidden in a leather book, “Gaines Universal Register, or American and British Calendar for the year 1793.”

(Union College Office of Communications)

While DNA testing makes it difficult to verify the hair at Union College is america’s first president, researchers said that the handwriting on the envelope is similar to that of another note which parts of Washington’s hair at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

“Without the DNA, you’re never positive, but I believe that it is 100 percent authentic,” John Reznikoff, manuscripts and documents dealer in Connecticut, told the colege.

College officials plan to display the new locks to the public at some point in the future .

Travis Fedschun is a reporter for FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @travfed

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