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After the Revolutionary War, what did Martha Washington long for?

June 2nd

YoungMarthaWashingtonJune 2, 1731 — Martha Dandridge Custis Washington was born today on her parents’ plantation, Chestnut Grove, in the British colony Province of Virginia.

She grew up in a world of elite social custom and privilege in the 1730s and would go on to would marry twice, give birth to four children — losing two of them to illness in childhood — and bear witness to the Revolution and the creation of a new nation.

Her wish for a quiet life after her husband, General George Washington, helped win the Revolutionary War was not meant to be.

Hundreds of admirers came to visit at Mount Vernon to pay respects to her husband — a war hero. Martha had to make sure they all had meals and beds. She and George had adopted her two young grandchildren after the death of her daughter, and that also kept her busy.

Words of Wisdom

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

— Martha Washington (June 13, 1731– May 22, 1802) was the wife of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Although the title was not coined until after her death, Martha Washington is considered to be the first First Lady of the United States. During her lifetime she was often referred to as "Lady Washington."

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