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Martha Washington

The First First Lady

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Martha Dandridge Custis was a widow and eight months older than George Washington when the two were married on January 6, 1759. Martha's first husband had left a fortune of about $100,000 and 17,000 acres of land, which her share was a third. George Washington was a loving stepfather to Martha's two children by her first marriage, but they had no children of their own.

Martha Washington devoted her life to the care and comfort of her husband and children. She never lived in the The White House, which was not completed until near the end of John Adams's term of office. After George died in 1799, Martha burned their private letters. She died on May 22, 1802 and is buried along with her husband at Mount Vernon.