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Grave of Mary Randolph at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia, in the United States.

Mary Randolph (9 August 1762 – 23 January 1828) was an American author. She is known for writing The Virginia House-Wife (1824), one of the most influential housekeeping and cook books of the nineteenth century. She was the first recorded person to be buried at what became Arlington National Cemetery,[1] and was a cousin of Mary Lee Fitzhugh Custis, wife to George Washington Parke Custis, Arlington's builder.

Mary's paternal ancestors included Pocahontas, the youngest daughter of Chief Powhatan and her English-born husband, John Rolfe. Randolph was the daughter of Thomas Mann Randolph (1741–1794), a member of the Virginia Convention of 1776, and his first wife, Anne Cary Randolph. Her twelve siblings included Thomas Mann Randolph, Jr. (1768–1828), son-in-law of Thomas Jefferson, who served in the House of Representatives from 1803 until 1807 and as governor of Virginia from 1819 through 1822; and Virginia Randolph Cary (1786-1852), who wrote Letters on Female Character, Addressed to a Young Lady, on the Death of Her Mother (1828).

Mary Randolph married her cousin, David Meade Randolph, of Chesterfield County, Virginia, in December 1780. Moldavia, their Richmond City home, became a center of Federalist Party social activity.

Randolph's influential housekeeping book The Virginia House-Wife (1824) went through many editions until the 1860s. Randolph tried to improve women's lives by limiting the time they had to spend in their kitchens. The Virginia House-Wife included many inexpensive ingredients that anyone could purchase to make impressive meals. Besides popularizing the use of more than 40 vegetables, Randolph's book also introduced to the southern public dishes from abroad, such as gazpacho.

In 2009 Randolph was posthumously honored as one of the Library of Virginia's "Virginia Women in History".[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Arlington Cemetery site
  2. ^ "Virginia Women in History: Mary Randolph (1762-1828)". Library of Virginia. Retrieved 4 March 2015. 

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Wed, 27 May 2015 11:50:41 -0700

The "steak" (technically veal from pastured calves) was based on a recipe plucked from Mary Randolph's The Virginia Housewife, published in 1824. Pounded and breaded, it splayed across the plate resembling a three-dimensional map of a small country ...

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The Sentinel
Wed, 27 May 2015 11:22:30 -0700

... Suzanna Snook, mourning impression; Frank Orlando, Robert E. Lee; Bonnie Orlando, Mary Randolph Custis Lee; Barry Meadows, Ulysses S. Grant; Steven Turkel, artillery; David Shuey, Lt. Frank Haskell; Linda Secrist, history of John Brown; Alena Heath ...
Charleston Post Courier
Tue, 19 May 2015 21:07:30 -0700

In her annotated edition of Mary Randolph's “The Virginia House-Wife,” food historian Karen Hess noted that Thomas Jefferson received a Mexican specimen in 1824: He liked it, once the seeds were removed. Mexico is still a major grower of bell peppers, ...

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MyFox Atlanta
Wed, 13 May 2015 06:07:30 -0700

"This recipe first appeared in Mary Randolph's The Virginia Housewife in 1824. The dry ingredients were listed in weights and not measures with which American home cooks are familiar. I weighed the dry ingredients and converted to measures. Soft winter ...
The Daily Progress
Wed, 13 May 2015 05:00:00 -0700

If you really like to eat and enjoy superb hospitality, you might wish you had been a guest at Montpelier at the time when Dolley and James Madison lived there about 200 years ago. I got a glimpse of the Madisons' lifestyle and food preference last ...

The Pilot

The Pilot
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 04:00:00 -0800

Colleen Kelley said her experiences at St. Mary Parish in Randolph helped her grieve the loss of her brother who died. She became Catholic in 2012 and is pictured with her fiance, Patrick Dugan. Pilot photo/courtesy Colleen Kelley ...

New York Times

New York Times
Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:20:34 -0700

There was a moment in the 1980s when many fashionable Manhattanites decorated their apartments like country houses, furnishing them with patchwork quilts, dried flowers and weathered pie safes. The look was second nature to Mary Randolph Carter, the ...

Washington Post

Washington Post
Mon, 05 May 2014 09:46:51 -0700

Mary Randolph Carter is an author, photographer, designer and longtime creative director for Ralph Lauren. She is the author of "Never Stop to Think... Do I Have a Place for This," "A Perfectly Kept House is the Sign of Misspent Life," "For the Love of ...

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