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Exhibit: Lock of George Washington's Hair

Elizabeth Wadsworth, Portland, 1801

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Elizabeth Wadsworth, Portland, 1801 / Maine Historical Society

George Washington died on December 18, 1799. One month later Eliza Wadsworth began a correspondence with her father, discussing how she would love a relic from President Washington. The following is a record of the correspondence, and how the lock of hair came to be given to Eliza. The tender words between correspondents reflects both the delicacy of the subject and the deep feelings of a daughter to her father, a father towards his daughter, and both towards George Washington.

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