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June 2, 2022

Martha Custis Dandridge Washington

June 2, 1731

Martha Washington

Martha Dandridge Custis Washington – Born June 2, 1731 (Chestnut Grove Plantation, New Kent County, VA); died May 22, 1802 (Mount Vernon, VA)

Martha outlived her four children and her husband. Both Washingtons are buried at Mount Vernon.

White House Years: 1789-1797

○      She is credited with setting the precedent as a welcoming hostess to the president’s home with her weekly levees.

○      She was the first first lady to serve as a surrogate for her husband by attending a funeral when the President was ill.

○      Martha Washington was the first first lady to have a U.S. military ship named in her honor.

○      Martha Washington was the first first lady and American woman to appear on a U.S. postage stamp in 1902.

Quotes:

-       “I am still determined to be cheerful and to be happy in whatever situation I may be, for I have also learnt from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.”

-       “I never go the publick place – indeed I think I am more like a state prisoner than anything else, there is certain bounds set for me which I must not depart from – and as I can not doe as I like I am obstinate and stay home a great deal.”

 

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Add to Calendar aCLuDhaqizCaPxAftmqF167204 06/02/2022 06/02/2022 true America/Detroit Martha Custis Dandridge Washington Martha Dandridge Custis Washington – Born June 2, 1731 (Chestnut Grove Plantation, New Kent County, VA); died May 22, 1802 (Mount Vernon, VA) Martha outlived her four children and her husband. Both Washingtons are buried at Mount Vernon. White House Years: 1789-1797 ○      She is credited with setting the precedent as a welcoming hostess to the president’s home with her weekly levees. ○      She was the first first lady to serve as a surrogate for her husband by attending a funeral when the President was ill. ○      Martha Washington was the first first lady to have a U.S. military ship named in her honor. ○      Martha Washington was the first first lady and American woman to appear on a U.S. postage stamp in 1902. Quotes: -       “I am still determined to be cheerful and to be happy in whatever situation I may be, for I have also learnt from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” -       “I never go the publick place – indeed I think I am more like a state prisoner than anything else, there is certain bounds set for me which I must not depart from – and as I can not doe as I like I am obstinate and stay home a great deal.”   ----

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