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Lady Washington

 

Martha Dandridge (1732-1802) married Daniel Parke Custis in 1749. After Custis’s death in 1757, she married George Washington 6 January 1759, and was a loving wife and gracious hostess for him at Mount Vernon. Upon his inauguration as President of the United States, she became the Nation’s first “First Lady.” Martha Washington died in 1802.

 

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The row-galley Lady Washington was built in New York in the spring of 1776 at the behest of General Washington after he transferred his forces from Boston to New York. Constructed with New York funds for the defense of the Hudson River, the galley remained active under Washington through June 1777. During the next year the New York fleet captured about a dozen prizes before the permanent British occupation of the city caused the State to abandon naval activities.