George Washington did not even bother to sign his name in the borrower's ledger. An aide simply scrawled "president" next to the title to show who had taken them out.
The two tomes were due back a month later but were never returned and have been accruing late fees ever since. Librarians uncovered the misdemeanour as they were digitising the library's ledger from that time.
Washington wasn't the only big name to borrow books from this library either - Aaron Burr, Alexander Hamilton and John Jay did as well, although they managed to return theirs!
The library says they aren't interested in pursuing the fine (would be pretty hard!), but would like to find the original books.