At the age of eighteen, she married Daniel Park Custis
a wealthy colonist. She bore four children, two of which died. Her
husband died in 1757. Martha married George Washington in
the American Revolution, she spent winters in army camps with her
husband. Martha also organized a women's sewing circle to mend
clothes for the troops
As First Lady in the capitals of New
York and Philadelphia, Martha entertained in a formal style,
deliberately emphasizing the new republic's wish to be accepted as the
equal of the established governments of Europe.
In 1797 the Martha said farewell to
public life and returned to Mount Vernon, to live surrounded by a
constant flow of guests, friends, and family. George Washington
died in 1799 and Martha wanting to be assured a final privacy, burned their letters.
She died of "severe fever" on May 22, 1802. Martha and George Washington lie buried at Mount Vernon.
from a letter, with additional words "this place have" written in
her hand on the verso.
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