Martha Washington

Martha Dandridge Custis by John Wollaston, 1757


13 June 1731 at Chestnut Grove, the family plantation in New Kent County Virginia
– 22 May 1802 at Mount Vernon
Buried with her husband, George, at Mount Vernon.


Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.


[George] Mason’s obvious legacy is in his contribution to America’s founding documents: the Declaration of Independence through the Virginia Declaration of Rights, the Constitution through his role at the Philadelphia Convention, and the Bill of Rights through his dogged opposition to a Constitution without one. Mason may have taken a circumscribed view of the rights he advocated — limiting the right of representation to white men or restricting freedom of the press to a ban on prior restraint — but he put words on paper that could be given more expansive meanings by later generations.

Jeff Broadwater
George Mason: Forgotten Founder (2006)