6. George Washington and His Family

  1. Edward G. Lengel
  1. Patricia Brady

Published Online: 18 APR 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118219935.ch6

Companion to George Washington, A

Companion to George Washington, A

How to Cite

Brady, P. (2012) George Washington and His Family, in Companion to George Washington, A (ed E. G. Lengel), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118219935.ch6

Author Information

  1. the Historic New Orleans, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 APR 2012
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444331035

Online ISBN: 9781118219935



  • Washington's family life;
  • George's childhood, with a formidable mother;
  • George's father, mostly being absent;
  • Washington's bitterness, of his lack of formal education;
  • George's marriage to Anne Fairfax, of the Belvoir plantation;
  • marriage, bringing Lawrence social prestige;
  • George's juggling with military, agriculture, proving impossible;
  • George Washington's romantic relationships;
  • George's infatuation with Sally Fairfax, and his devotion to family;
  • National events, changing the Washingtons' lives


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • List of Further Readings