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.


The press was the mass medium of the eighteenth century, the only way to bring both news and commentary to a broad public audience. The popularity of newspapers soared in Revolutionary America: By the late 1780s, the United States had about ninety-five newspapers, over twice the number at the time of independence. Moreover, the newspapers of 1776 were weeklies, but those of 1787 we often published two or three times a week. There were even a few that appeared daily to satisfy the hungry reading public.

Pauline Maier
Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787—1788 (2010)