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Martha Washington

Death: May 22, 1802

Birthplace: New Kent County

Nationality: United States

Martha Washington

Date of Death : May 22, 1802
Birth Place : New Kent County

Martha Washington 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". Widowed at 25, she had four children with her first husband Daniel Parke Custis, two of her children by Custis survived to young adulthood. She brought great wealth to her marriage to Washington, which enabled him to buy land and many slaves to add to his personal estate. She also brought nearly 100 dower slaves for her use during her lifetime; they and their descendants reverted to her late husband's estate at her death and were inherited by his heirs. She and Washington did not have children together but they did rear her two children by Daniel Parke Custis, including son John "Jackey" Custis, as well as helping both of their extended families.

Also known as

  • First lady Martha Washington
  • The First Lady of the United States
  • Martha Dandridge Custis Washington


  • John Dandridge
  • Frances Jones


  • Daniel Parke Custis
  • George Washington


  • John Parke Custis
  • Daniel Parke Custis, Jr.
  • Frances Custis
  • Martha Parke Custis
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