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Washington sought to encourage civic pride and domestic industry during his presidency and retirement by patronizing American manufacturers, noting in 1789 that "we have already been too long subject to British prejudices." To that end, he wore American-made clothing to public speeches and private events. This blue coat survives as a testament to his actions. A note written by his granddaughter, Elizabeth "Eliza" Parke Custis, indicates that it is "made of the first American cloth sent to General Washington and much worn by him." The garment no longer retains its buttons, as Eliza gave them away as relics. More






Wool, cotton, linen


Overall (top of turned-down collar to bottom of skirt): 52 3/4 in. (133.99 cm)
Other (chest, measured edge to edge): 44 in. (111.76 cm)
Other (waist, measured edge to edge): 42 1/4 in. (107.32 cm)


Purchase, 1949

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