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Martha Washington in the White House.
Martha had to wear gowns like this one during her days as first lady

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Martha Washington Died
May 22, 1802

Washington moved his new wife and newly-adopted stepchildren, Martha ("Patsy") and John Parke ("Jacky"), to his home in Mount Vernon, Virginia, about 15 miles south of Washington, D.C. There the couple delighted in raising their children and entertaining Virginia society. Between 1768 and 1775, the Washingtons hosted more than 2,000 guests, some staying for extended periods. After her husband became president, entertaining became even more important in Martha Washington's life. She hosted lavish parties in New York and Philadelphia, the temporary U.S. capitals, to match those given by the established governments of Europe. This was a bit exhausting for the first lady.
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