Martha Washington

Introduction

Martha Washington (1731-1802) was an American first lady (1789–97) and the wife of George Washington, first president of the United States and commander in chief of the colonial armies during the American Revolution. She set many of the standards and customs for the proper behavior and treatment of a U.S. president’s wife. (The term “first lady,” however, did not come into common use until well into the 19th century.)

Article Details:

Martha Washington

  • Author

    History.com Staff

  • Website Name

    History.com

  • Year Published

    2009

  • Title

    Martha Washington

  • URL

    http://www.history.com/topics/first-ladies/martha-washington

  • Access Date

    July 28, 2014

  • Publisher

    A+E Networks