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Martha Washington: "I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances." Martha Washington Born June 21, 1731, the 1st "First Lady".
MARTHA WAYLES SKELTON, a widow, married Thomas Jefferson in 1748. The strain of frequent pregnancies weakened Martha so gravely that Thomas curtailed his political activities to stay near her. He noted in his account book for Septr 6, 1782 "My dear wife died this day at 11-45 A.M." He did not remarry. Only two of their children survived infancy. Daughter Martha 'Patsy'Jefferson Randolph served as his first lady during his presidency.
Martha Washington's gown, 1780s Made of salmon pink faille, Mrs. Washington's dress features a handpainted pattern of flowers and insects. It was first displayed in the original First Ladies Hall, which opened in the Arts and Industries Building in 1914. On loan for many years, the dress became part of the permanent collections in 1929.