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Although there is limited evidence about Washington's mother, historical records show that she had a complicated and oftentimes strained relationship with her famous son.

Mary Ball Washington
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Mary Ball Washington

Venerated by some historians, vilified by others, read the facts about the life of Mary Ball Washington.

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Proud Mary

Historian Martha Saxton takes a circumspect look at the life and legacy of Mary Ball Washington.

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Battle with Breast Cancer

Read about Mary Ball Washington's long struggle with breast cancer and Washington's handling of his mother's death.

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From the Collection

Explore a special item in Mount Vernon's collection—Mary Ball Washington's easy chair.

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The Washington Family Quiz

George Washington’s family played a large role in his life. Find out how much you know about their impact.

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Remembering and Rediscovering Mary Ball Washington

Historians Martha Saxton, Craig Shirley, and Charlene Boyer Lewis discuss their recent biographies of Mary Ball Washington and their research into 18th-century women.

Washington's Family

Although George Washington never had any biological children, he did have a rather large family, comprised of his many siblings, step-children, and step-grandchildren.

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