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Portrait length color image of Martha Washington (First Lady), by George Stuart.

Martha Washington (First Lady)

Portrait by
artist-historian George Stuart.

Courtesy Museum of Ventura County.
Left close up color image of Martha Washington (First Lady), by George Stuart.gray spacerRight closup color image of Martha Washington (First Lady), by George Stuart.
Text: Signature image of Martha Washington (First Lady), by George Stuart.

Ready to return to Mount Vernon,

a comfort to her General.

Martha Washington (c. 1792) was the original First Lady. She was a wealthy widow with two children when she married Washington in 1759 and moved with him to Mount Vernon. In the next forty years, George was away much of the time.

After his presidency, Washington retired to his Virginia home, only to be unudated with hundreds of well-wishers and the curious. The Washingtons felt obligated to feed these uivited guests. To Martha's regret, Washington had turned down expenses and the flood nearly broke them financially. When the rush was over, Washington said he finally was able to dine alone with Martha, the first time in several years!


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