Washington's Wife was a Foxy First Lady

February 3, 2009

George Washington’s wife, Martha, is most commonly remembered as a portly, frumpish, grandmotherly figure. It turns out, when she was young, she was hot. Forensic anthropologists have created a computerized age-regression image, using a portrait of middle-aged Martha, to show what she looked like at age 25.

Last month marked the 250th wedding anniversary of the founding first couple. Edward Lengel, senior editor at the Papers of George Washington project at the University of Virginia, told The Washington Post:  "We always see Martha with a withered face in her old age. But she was quite a beautiful woman in her younger years, and Washington loved her deeply." The new, age-defying portrait now hangs at George Washington's Historic Mount Vernon.

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Source: Michael Deas portrait / New York Post

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