She grew up in a world of elite social custom and privilege in the 1730s and would go on to would marry twice, give birth to four children — losing two of them to illness in childhood — and bear witness to the Revolution and the creation of a new nation.
Her wish for a quiet life after her husband, General George Washington, helped win the Revolutionary War was not meant to be.
Hundreds of admirers came to visit at Mount Vernon to pay respects to her husband — a war hero. Martha had to make sure they all had meals and beds. She and George had adopted her two young grandchildren after the death of her daughter, and that also kept her busy.
Words of Wisdom
I've learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances.