Martha Washington

First Lady – Wife of George Washington

Martha Washington was the first First Lady of the United States. Born in Virginia, Martha married a wealthy plantation owner who died only a few years after the birth of their children Patsy and Jack. Martha then met Colonel George Washington and the two were married soon after. They moved to Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation and became known for their extravagant social events. The Washington’s experienced severe loss when Patsy died from epilepsy in her teens and Jack passed from “camp fever” while in the army. With the colonies pursuing independence, George Washington was elected President and Martha took on the role of arranging major social events for the new government. She was seen as a gracious and elegant woman who set high standards for the all first ladies to follow. The Washingtons returned to their home in Mount Vernon after the presidency and led a quiet lifestyle until their deaths.

“I am fond of only what comes from the heart”

“We carry the seeds of happiness with us wherever we go”

“I’ve learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances”

Unlike most of the women of her time, Martha learned to read and write.

Martha was known as a generous woman, spending hours knitting socks for Revolutionary troops.

Among her favorite childhood activities were horseback riding, dancing and playing instruments.

Martha often stayed at George Washington’s winter encampments during the Revolutionary War.

Servicemen after the Revolutionary War named her “Lady Washington” due to her care for them.