Martha Washington Biography
(First Lady of the United States (1789-1797))
Birthday: June 2, 1731 (Gemini)
Born In: Chestnut Grove, Virginia, United States
Martha Dandridge Custis Washington was the wife of George Washington, the first president of the United States. Even though she was technically the first “First Lady” of the United States, this title was not coined until after her death. Known as Lady Washington during her lifetime, she was a gracious hostess who entertained the many high profile guests of the president. She was also known for her generosity towards the Revolutionary war veterans to whom she provided financial help or assistance of any other kind. She was a wealthy young widow with children when she first met and married George Washington who was then a Colonel. She was a hard working and dutiful wife who became her husband’s caretaker after he was made General of the American Army by the Continental Congress. She skillfully enlisted the assistance of the women of the colonies to make financial contributions and gather supplies for the Continental Army. The presidential couple shared a marriage based on mutual respect and affection. Even though Martha found life as the First Lady to be stifling, she considered it her duty towards her husband to fulfill her responsibilities wholeheartedly. Along with her husband she continued receiving guests and socializing long after Washington’s Administration was over.