Bushrod Washington and West Ford

One controversy that I will explore in my Bushrod Washington books concerns the parentage of West Ford, one of the Justice’s slaves. Some scholars contend that Ford was fathered by a Washington, in part because he was freed by Bushrod and given a large parcel of land at Mount Vernon, which was highly unusual.

 

Without commenting further, take a look at a portrait of the Justice and an engraving of Ford done when he was a young man.

 

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