Tobias Lear's Checkered Career
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Tobias LearTobias Lear
(1762 - 1816)

Welcome to the only web site dedicated to Tobias Lear, George Washington's secretary and friend. Born in Portsmouth, NH, Lear began work for Gen. Washington prior to his terms as President. Lear was accounant for Washington's farm at Mount Vernon and tutor to his step children. Lear recorded the details of Washngton's death and later fell in and out of luck, eventually committing suicide. His childhood home is a local museum.
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Lear's Checkered Career (book summary)

Lear Donates to 1813 Fire Victims 

"Thirst for Freedom" Plays Upon Washington

Washington's Portsmouth Diary

Our eBay Battle for Tobias Lear Letter

Ona, Runaway Slave of George Washington

Mount Vernon Remembers Washington Funeral

Vaughan Gets Key on Toby's Birthday

Lear Family Tours Historic House

The Many Loves of Mr. Lear

Washington & Lear Family Portraits (photo gallery)

Tobias Lear House, Portsmouth, NH

Lear House Photo Tour by Frank Clarkson

Death of Washington, by Tobias Lear (essay)

Death of Washington, by Tobias Lear

Lear's Portsmouth Connection

Washington 1789 Visit to Seacoast NH

Brewster's Rambles (1869) on Washington's Visit

Lear Family Genealogy Forum