“Keep all your matters in order yourself without depend-
ing on others as that is the only way to be happy.” — Martha
June 2, 1731 — May 22, 1802
MARTHA WASHINGTON was a woman of routine: every late fall between 1775 and 1781 when by mutual agreement the fighting with the British ended for the winter, she traveled to join her husband General George Washington for a few months. Then, every spring, as the fighting resumed in earnest, she traveled back to their Mount Vernon home. Throughout those winter months every year she was tireless in her efforts to encourage, succor and provide for all around her while setting a sterling example of steadfastness. This was a revolution and she was there right in the thick of things.
She was brought up as Martha Dandridge on a tobacco plantation of several hundred acres 25 miles from the then Virginia colonial capital of Williamsburg. The eldest of eight to survive infancy, she was