Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with Charles S. Clark, a member of our 2020-21 class of research fellows, as he discusses his research topic and new book, George Washington Parke Custis: A Rarefied Life in America's First Family. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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Add to Calendar 12/01/2021 12:00:00 12/01/2021 13:00:00 America/New_York Lunch and Fellowship: Charles S. Clark

Join us for lunch and compelling discussion with Charles S. Clark, a member of our 2020-21 class of research fellows, as he discusses his research topic and new book, George Washington Parke Custis: A Rarefied Life in America's First Family. A boxed lunch will be provided.

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About the Author

Charles S. Clark is a veteran Washington journalist who was also a member of the Washington Library’s 2020-21 class of research fellows. His research project focused on the life of George Washington Parke Custis, and his new book on this under-sung “child of Mount Vernon” was recently published by McFarland & Company. A native of Arlington, Va., Clark continues to write the weekly “Our Man in Arlington” column for the Falls Church News-Press. He has written two books, Arlington County Chronicles and Hidden History of Arlington County, both published by The History Press. In July 2019, he retired as senior correspondent for Government Executive Media Group, part of Atlantic Media. He previously has worked as an editor or writer for The Washington Post, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Time-Life Books, Tax Analysts and the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. His most recent book, Lost Arlington County, is being published by The History Press in September 2021.

About the Book

George Washington Parke Custis (1781-1857) was raised at Mount Vernon by George and Martha Washington. Young "Wash" appears in Savage's 1789 painting of the first presidential family, his small hand placed symbolically on a globe. He would later make his mark on the national landscape by building Arlington House on the Potomac. A poor student, he emerged as an agricultural reformer and sought-after Federalist orator. He championed the plights of Irish Americans and war veterans. An important memoirist, he also wrote well-received theatrical works and produced paintings rich in historical detail. Inheriting much of the vast Custis fortune, he also became the enslaver of more than 200 people. The slow march toward their emancipation became the central struggle of his life, particularly after his daughter's 1831 marriage to Robert E. Lee. This first full-length biography of Custis offers a 21st century reappraisal of life that dramatically bridged the American Revolution and the Civil War.

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Director, Library Programs

703.799.8686

smcleod@mountvernon.org

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