Martha Wayles Skelton Jefferson, wife of Thomas Jefferson who died and their daughter Martha Jefferson Randolph assumed 1st lady role.
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.
Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, 1599–1641). James Stuart (1612–1655), Duke of Richmond and Lennox, ca. 1634–35. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Marquand Collection, Gift of Henry G. Marquand, 1889 (89.15.16) #dogs