“[You will] find me in my flower borders admiring the beauty of my crocus [and] Persian iris.”
First Ladies of the US Martha Jefferson Randolph Full Image

Martha Jefferson

Martha Jefferson Randolph
Years of service: 1801-1809
Born: 1772

First Ladies of the US Martha Jefferson Randolph Full Image

The complicated life of Martha Jefferson Randolph intertwined closely with her famous father, Thomas Jefferson. He carefully oversaw her exceptional education in Philadelphia and Paris. Martha’s marriage to Thomas Randolph produced eleven children, but the couple was estranged due to his mental illness and alcoholism. She spent most of her time at Monticello with her father, raising her children. She oversaw the domestic staff, which included her enslaved half-aunt Sally Hemings and her children. As the executor of her father’s estate, the widowed Martha found herself in crippling debt and forced to sell Monticello.


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First Ladies as Teachers, Educators, and Librarians.

The right to an education is a foundational principle of America’s history, and many First Ladies have taken up this cause. We celebrate National First Ladies Day by kicking off this featured exhibit, presented by Huntington Bank.