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Dolley Madison at 250

At 250 years old, Dolley Madison has consistently “worn well.” Happy Birthday to Dolley! From the time Dolley Payne Todd Madison (May 20, 1768-1849) was in her mid-twenties, she was arguably the most famous woman in the United States. Two … Continue reading

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Dolley Madison Sends A Telegram

As “The Widow Dolley”, Mrs. Madison was the most famous woman in the country. Mrs. Madison: Dowager Washingtonian When James Madison died at 85, Dolley was 68, and still in good health. Montpelier, their Virginia plantation was failing however, due … Continue reading

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Dolley Madison’s Merry Party

The position of Secretary of State is the country’s premier diplomatic post. James Madison and the Merrys Anthony Merry was the first British Minister Plenipotentiary (considered Ambassador) sent to the United States. He and his uber pretentious wife Elizabeth were … Continue reading

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Dolley Madison’s Wednesday Squeezes

It did not start out to be a major event – but it became the benchmark of Washington society for nearly two decades. Washington 1801: Martha Washington and Abigail Adams, were both in their late fifties when they became First … Continue reading

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Dolley Madison’s Heartache: Payne Todd

Dolley and James Madison had no children of their own. John Payne Todd was the son of her first marriage.   Dolley and James Madison Are Wed  The Widow Todd, as she was then called, was helping manage her mother’s … Continue reading

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Dolley Madison and the Inaugural Ball

Dolley Madison was already a superstar when James Madison was elected President in 1808. The Early Inaugurals The inaugurations of George Washington had been solemn affairs, both in New York City and Philadelphia. No government of the “we the people” … Continue reading

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Dolley Madison in Plain Clothes

For the first twenty-five years of her life, Dolley Payne Todd Madison wore Quaker gray gowns and bonnets. Dolley:  A Strict Upbringing Dolley Payne (1768-1849) was born and raised into a strict Quaker family.  Her father, John Payne, was a … Continue reading

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Dolley Madison Saves Washington: Part II

Within hours after Dolley Madison “rescued” the portrait of George Washington, the British Redcoats marched in and torched the city. The British Invade Washington Politicians and military personnel alike were surprised that the British Army would target Washington, DC.  In … Continue reading

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DOLLEY MADISON SAVES WASHINGTON: PART I

 In the old days, every school child knew that First Lady Dolley Madison saved the portrait of George Washington from the approaching British Army.  Fact?  Legend? The War of 1812:  Target Washington The War of 1812, the second war between … Continue reading

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Mrs. Madison: The Widow Dolley

The widowed Dolley Madison spent the last decade of her life in poor finances, but rich in friendships. The Legacy of James Madison James Madison was eighty-five years old when he died, frail, nearly blind from cataracts, but mentally alert. … Continue reading

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