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Lady Washington, America’s First First Lady, a work of historical fiction offers new insight into the private lives and public times of the legendary George and Martha Washington. Martha won a rebel nation’s heart in recognition of the courage and self-sacrifice she consistently displayed during the Revolution’s turmoil and the early years of peace. She lovingly became known as “Lady Washington.”
Martha’s pampered plantation upbringing, her marriage at eighteen, the tragic loss of two children, and widowhood at twenty-seven is recounted with accuracy and compassion. Her momentous first meeting with the heroic George Washington and their subsequent inspiring forty-year marriage is rich in the details of their love and otherwise fascinating lives.
Martha loved all people and was a gracious hostess as First Lady and mistress of Mount Vernon. George and Martha’s ongoing relationships with Thomas Jefferson, the Marquis de Lafayette, John and Abigail Adams, Dolley and James Madison, and others play integral parts throughout the book.
How Martha became America’s favorite First Lady is a narrative resplendent with drama and romance. Drawing upon never before published correspondence between George and Martha, Lady Washington provides a behind-the-scenes realism of the formative years of our country.
Dorothy Clarke Wilson