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washington, martha

American first lady (1789-97), the wife of George Washington, first president of the United States and commander in chief of the colonial armies during the American Revolutionary War. She set many of the standards and customs for the proper behaviour and treatment of the president's wife.

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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