George Washington's mother was Mary Ball Washington (1707-1789). Although there is limited evidence about Mary and her personal life, historical records show that she had a complicated and oftentimes strained relationship with her famous son.

Mary Ball Washington has garnered a type of “mythos” over time, venerated as “The Mother of Washington” by groups in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries and vilified by some historians in more recent years. Despite her many mythologies, Mary, as George Washington's sole surviving parent, was an undeniably influential figure in the life of the first president.

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