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date: 16 December 2019

Custis, George Washington Parkelocked

(30 April 1781–10 October 1857)
  • Jack Hrkach

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Custis, George Washington Parke (30 April 1781–10 October 1857), playwright, was born in Mount Airy, Maryland, the son of John Parke Custis, a wealthy landowner, and Eleanor Calvert. His father, the son of Martha Washington from her first marriage, died when George was very young, and the boy was brought up in one of the most famous homes in the nation, Mount Vernon. He studied the classics at Princeton (but received no degree) and was commissioned (but never served) in the U.S. Army in 1799 with the rank of colonel. In 1804 Custis married Mary Lee Fitzhugh and lived with her on his own estate in Arlington, Virginia. Here, while he managed his 8,000 acres and 300 slaves, Custis devoted himself to literary pursuits, which included writing a column for the ...

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