Meet the People of the President's House

Washington Family by Savage
Image courtesy of The National Gallery of Art.

In the 1790s, President Washington and his wife Martha lived in the capital city of Philadelphia with their two grandchildren, Nelly and Wash. Their steward and several secretaries and their wives lived in the house, too.

Washington brought several enslaved Africans from his home in Virginia to live in Philadelphia and serve him in the President's House. Although he never lived with the President in Philadelphia, you can see Billy Lee standing to the right in this family portrait. Billy Lee was an enslaved African who accompanied Washington throughout the Revolution.

Many people lived in the President's House during the 1790s,
and we will focus on nine of them here. Click on a name to learn more!


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