On this day in 1759 and 1945, two U.S. presidents-to-be were married. George Washington (U.S. President 1789-1797) married Martha Dandridge Custis in 1759, a union that lasted 40 years.  Almost two hundred years later, in 1945, George Herbert Walker Bush (U.S. President 1989-1993) married his 18-year-old sweetheart, Barbara Pierce.

Elizabeth Ann Miller Bontrager, an Amish quilter from Arthur, Illinois, made this Double Wedding Ring quilt around 1955. The design of this machine pieced and hand quilted crib quilt is atypical of Amish-made quilts from this area. The quilt is now part of the permanent collection of the Illinois State Museum.

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Posted by Amy E. Milne
Executive Director, Quilt Alliance