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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.

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Daily Herald

Daily Herald
Tue, 18 Nov 2014 23:18:45 -0800

Chris was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Randolph just three short months before him; both sets of grandparents. A viewing will be held on Thursday evening, November 20th, 2014, 5:00-6:30 pm; Walker Sanderson Tribute Center: 85 East 300 South, ...
Wyoming Tribune
Thu, 20 Nov 2014 05:07:30 -0800

Mary Randolph, director of WRDC, said the plan is to hold these meetings in March and have a report ready by May. Because HUD and WRDC are federally and state funded, respectively, there is no direct cost to the county or city for the study. Kim Porter ...

Washington Post

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

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Enterprise News
Wed, 19 Nov 2014 05:06:37 -0800

Cardinal Sean O'Malley will present Cheverus Award Medals to 116 parishioners, deacons and members of religious orders during a service at 3 p.m. Nov. 23, at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston's South End. First presented in 2008 at the ...
Austin American-Statesman
Thu, 06 Nov 2014 13:10:36 -0800

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Poughkeepsie Journal

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:00:00 -0700

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New York Times

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Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:20:34 -0700

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Richmond Times Dispatch
Tue, 05 Nov 2013 21:06:15 -0800

Life for the couple changed abruptly when Jefferson became president and booted David Randolph from his post as federal marshal for Virginia. That, coupled with business failures, brought the family close to ruin. Mary Randolph went into action ...

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