As the very first first lady, Martha Washington established the position as a respected public role involved in reaching out to the public. She disliked public life, but became known and venerated for the way she conducted herself.
During the Revolutionary War, Martha Washington would join her husband at his winter encampments and he considered her presence so important that he requested her traveling expenses from Congress.
During George Washington's two terms as president, Martha Washington established a weekly salon that was open to anyone who wished to attend. Although some observers of the time were initially critical, her salons became well known for the diverse nature of the attendees as well as for her gracious behavior as hostess. At these gatherings, she was sometimes called "Our Lady Presidentess."Learn More
While technically an annual and not a true geranium, you can grow Martha Washington geraniums indoors and encourage them to bloom for several years. Repeating the blooming process for these plants is an ongoing process.Full Answer >
Pierre-Charles L'Enfant designed Washington, D.C. After L'Enfant clashed with some of the elite of the city in 1792, Andrew Ellicot, the surveyor of the city, tweaked L'Enfant's plan, publishing an official map based on L'Enfant's design that guided the future development of the district.Full Answer >
George Washington was a farmer, surveyor and soldier who, as commander in chief of the Continental Army, defeated the British in the Revolutionary War and, as a private citizen, became the first president of the United States. Washington set a number of precedents for American leadership, including the concept of a two-term limit for presidents.Full Answer >
George Washington is famous for being the first president of the United States and leading the Continental Army to victory in the American Revolution. He also served as the president of the Constitutional Convention and worked to ensure the Constitution was ratified.Full Answer >