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Notable Vice Regents of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association

Explore the inspiring stories of notable former board members who truly made a difference in the history of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.

Ann Pamela Cunningham

Served 1853-1874

The founder of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association (MVLA), Ann Pamela Cunningham created the organization responsible for saving and restoring Mount Vernon. In doing so, she established one of the earliest preservation and heritage organizations in the United States.

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Mary Coxe Chesnut

Served 1860-1864

The first Vice Regent for South Carolina was the only member of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association to have actually seen George Washington in person. In 1777, she and several other young women serenaded the president-elect on his inaugural tour.

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Emma Read Ball

Served 1874-1918

The third Vice Regent for Virginia defended the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association against a bill which would transfer ownership of Washington's estate to the government in the early 20th century.

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Past Regents

Each Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association has put her own touch on the position and the Estate.

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Alice Longfellow

Served 1879-1928

The daughter of poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Alice Longfellow ranks as the longest-serving vice regent in the history of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association.

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Phoebe Apperson Hearst

Served 1889-1918

The second Vice Regent for California was a remarkable woman who tamed the Potomac River, electrified the estate, and advocated women's education in the early 20th century.

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