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Martha Washingtonová

Datum narození: 13. červen 1731
Datum úmrtí: 22. květen 1802

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Martha Dandridge Custis Washingtonová známá spíše jako Martha Washingtonová byla žena prezidenta USA George Washingtona a první dáma USA od 30. dubna 1789 do 4. března 1797.

Martha Washingtonová, nazývaná také Patsy, se narodila jako nejstarší dcera Johna Dandridge a Frances Jonesové .

Ve svých osmnácti letech si vzala za manžela Daniela Parke Custise. Byl o dvacet let starší, bohatý. Z tohoto svazku měla čtyři děti:

Daniel jr. ;

Frances ;

John Parke Custis ;

Marta Parke Custis .Daniel Custis zemřel v roce 1757 a z Marthy se stala bohatá vdova. 6. ledna roku 1759 se provdala za tehdejšího plukovníka virginské milice George Washingtona. Martha a George spolu neměli žádné děti. Její peníze a styky pomohly manželovi při kandidatuře do House of Burgesses . Byla hluboce věřící anglikánskou křesťankou.

Na svou dobu se chovala poměrně neobvykle - procestovala s manželem tehdy existující americké státy, trávila s manželem zimy ve vojenských táborech.

Když se její manžel George Washington stal v roce 1789 prvním prezidentem Spojených států, tak se spolu s ním přestěhovala do New Yorku, kde v té době sídlila vláda. Pořádala pravidelně každý čtvrtek recepce v President´s House, kde vládla uvolněná atmosféra.

Během manželova druhého funkčního období z prostorových důvodů přesídlila vláda s prezidentem do Filadelfie.

Po skončení Washingtonova funkčního období se manželé vrátili do Mount Vernonu, kde Martha Washingtonová 22. května 1802 zemřela.

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Citáty Martha Washingtonová

„I am only fond of what comes from the heart.“

—  Martha Washington
Context: I am not apt to forget the feelings that have been inspired by ray former society with good acquaintances, nor to be insensible to their expressions of gratitude to the President of the United States; for you know me well enough, to do me the justice to believe, that I am only fond of what comes from the heart.

„I live a very dull life here and know nothing that passes in the town — I never go to any public place; indeed I think I am more like a state prisoner than anything else.“

—  Martha Washington
Context: I live a very dull life here and know nothing that passes in the town — I never go to any public place; indeed I think I am more like a state prisoner than anything else. There are certain bounds set for me which I must not depart from; and as I cannot do as I like, I am obstinate, and stay at home a great deal. Letter to her niece Fanny Basset Washington (October 1789), as quoted in Memorials of Washington and of Mary, his Mother, and Martha, his Wife (1887) edited by James Walter, Robert Cary, p. 267

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„I little thought, when the war was finished, that any circumstances could possibly have happened, which would call the General into public life again.“

—  Martha Washington
Context: I little thought, when the war was finished, that any circumstances could possibly have happened, which would call the General into public life again. I had anticipated that, from this moment, we should have been left to grow old, in solitude and tranquillity, together. That was, my dear madam, the first and dearest wish of my heart; but in that I have been disappointed. I will not, however, contemplate, with too much regret, disappointments that were inevitable. Though the General's feelings and my own were perfectly in unison, with respect to our predilection for private life, yet I cannot blame him, for having acted according to his ideas of duty, in obeying the voice of his country. The consciousness of having attempted to do all the good in his power, and the pleasure of finding his fellow-citizens so well satisfied with the disinterestedness of his conduct, will doubtless be some compensation for the great sacrifices, which I know he has made.

„Though the General's feelings and my own were perfectly in unison, with respect to our predilection for private life, yet I cannot blame him, for having acted according to his ideas of duty, in obeying the voice of his country.“

—  Martha Washington
Context: I little thought, when the war was finished, that any circumstances could possibly have happened, which would call the General into public life again. I had anticipated that, from this moment, we should have been left to grow old, in solitude and tranquillity, together. That was, my dear madam, the first and dearest wish of my heart; but in that I have been disappointed. I will not, however, contemplate, with too much regret, disappointments that were inevitable. Though the General's feelings and my own were perfectly in unison, with respect to our predilection for private life, yet I cannot blame him, for having acted according to his ideas of duty, in obeying the voice of his country. The consciousness of having attempted to do all the good in his power, and the pleasure of finding his fellow-citizens so well satisfied with the disinterestedness of his conduct, will doubtless be some compensation for the great sacrifices, which I know he has made.

„It is owing to this kindness of our numerous friends, in all quarters, that my new and unwished-for situation is not indeed a burden to me.“

—  Martha Washington
Context: It is owing to this kindness of our numerous friends, in all quarters, that my new and unwished-for situation is not indeed a burden to me. When I was much younger, I should probably have enjoyed the innocent gayeties of life, as much as most of my age. But I had long since placed all the prospects of my future worldly happiness in the still enjoyments of the fireside at Mount Vernon.

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