by Mary Elaine Kent (11)
(West Columbia, South Carolina)
Martha Washington was known for her many talents. Besides riding horses, she loved gardening and sewing. She also enjoyed playing the spinet and dancing.
Not many girls received an education at that time. However, her father saw to it that she received an education in mathematics, reading and writing. This proved to be invaluable as she was able to run her first husband’s business after his death.
Martha was hospitable. She entertained guests who continuously streamed in and out of her home. As first lady, she planned and arranged dinners, parties and receptions.
Her resilient nature helped her through many difficult experiences. Besides losing her first husband, she saw the deaths of all four of her children. She lost two grandchildren, her brother, and ultimately her beloved George.
After so much personal loss, heartbreak seemed inevitable. Martha was so grief-stricken she was not able to attend her husband’s funeral. After his funeral, she closed the bedchamber, which they shared and moved to a separate chamber. These are qualities which together have proven to make Martha Washington one of the most admired figures in American history.
The Character Qualities of Martha Washington
1. Talented 2. Educated
3. Hospitable 4. Resilient