This Day in History: George Washington writes his “Patcy”

During this week in 1775, George Washington writes his wife, Martha. He called her “my dear Patcy.” Only a handful of letters between George and Martha still survive. This letter is one of them. The two wrote more often than that, of course. And, if any of those letters could be recovered, they would contain […]

This Day in History: The Woman who signed the Declaration of Independence

On this day in 1738, a publisher of the Declaration of Independence is born. Did you know that the Declaration, including the names of all the signers, was first printed by a woman? Mary Katherine Goddard was the daughter of a physician and postmaster. After her father’s death, the family moved around a bit. With […]

This Day in History: Martha Washington: Famous, but “completely unknown”

On this day in 1731, future First Lady Martha Washington is born. History has relegated Martha to a simple label: George’s wife. What a shame! Martha was a vivacious, bright, capable woman with her own story to tell. “She is both famous as the first First Lady and completely unknown,” her biographer Patricia Brady concludes. […]