Tag Archives: Dolley Madison

James Madison’s Romantic Lesson

James Madison, a bachelor of 43, had a history of romantic disappointment. The Non-Imposing Jemmy Madison James Madison (1751-1836) was a man of small physical stature, anywhere between 5′ and 5’6″ tall, depending on which sources you espouse. But no … 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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The White House Nellie Weddings

White House Weddings Before Ulysses S. Grant was even born, there had been weddings in the White House. During James Madison’s administration, Dolley Madison’s widowed sister married her second husband, Thomas Todd. Some years later, James Monroe’s daughter Maria Hester … Continue reading

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Martha Washington: The White House Portrait

The huge portrait of Martha Washington that balances the famous Gilbert Stuart painting of her husband, was painted more than seventy five years after her death. White House Portraits Before photography had advanced sufficiently to achieve artistic popularity, a portrait … Continue reading

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Tom and Dolley: The Original Ben and Jerry

Ice cream has always been one of America’s favorite desserts. But was it Thomas Jefferson or Dolley Madison who deserves the credit? Many people believe that “Dolly Madison” ice cream is named for the First Lady because she invented ice … Continue reading

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Under This Roof: The White House and the Presidency: A Book Review

Everyone knows the White House. Everyone should know the Presidents. And the rooms themselves are a national treasure! Paul Brandus is a long time Washingtonian  POTUS expert, and happily for all, a fellow who understands his audience. He does not … Continue reading

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Mrs. Madison: The Most Popular First Lady Ever

Other First Ladies have been better looking, more intellectual or talented. But no one has ever been more popular. Everybody Knew Dolley Dolley Madison (1768-1849) was arguably the best known woman in the United States during the first half of … Continue reading

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