Martha Washington was born on June 2, 1731 near Williamsburg, Virginia. America's first First Lady distinguished herself long before by tending to the troops during the revolutionary war. She supported her husband's efforts to defend the freedom of Americans even in the face of dire consequences to herself. She wrote, "I think I am more like a state prisoner than anything else." But she understood the importance of George's work when she reflected, "I cannot blame him for having acting according to his ideas of duty in obeying the voice of his country." Indeed.