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Lock of George Washington's Hair

George Washington -- revered by Americans for his role as a war hero and president -- died on December 18, 1799.

One month later Eliza Wadsworth of Portland 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 a lock of Washington's 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.