Today in History: Martha Washington

Martha Washington
Today in History–May 22–the Library of Congress features America’s first, first lady Martha Washington, who died on this day in 1802. Unfortunately, few of the letters written by Martha and George remain since she burned most before her death to protect their privacy. Learn more about this upstanding woman and consummate hostess by visiting the Today in History section, then follow the links below to access related primary sources.

Martha Washington image set

Martha Washington correspondence

Martha Washington sheet music

Martha Washington to receive free postage Gazette of the United States, & Philadelphia Daily Advertiser. (Philadelphia [Pa.]), 09 April 1800

Historical newspaper mentions of Mrs. Washington

My Dear President: Letters Between Presidents and Their Wives Webcast

Portraits of the Presidents and First Ladies, 1789-Present

George Washington primary source set