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March 13, 1803

Mutual Assurance Society of Virginia, Declarations and Revaluations, 1796–1966, Volume 26, Policy No. 2049, Accession 30177, Business Records Collection, Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia.

Bushrod Washington Took Out an Insurance Policy on Mount Vernon

The Mutual Assurance Society Against Fire on Buildings of the State of Virginia, chartered in 1794, is one of the oldest fire insurance companies in the United States. This oversize, folded illustration accompanied the 1803 application of Bushrod Washington (1762–1829), George Washington's nephew, for Mount Vernon. Bushrod Washington had inherited a parcel of the Mount Vernon plantation including the Mansion House from his uncle when his aunt Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (1731–1802) died in 1802.