Tag Archives: James Madison

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 and Her Sisters: The Merry Wives of Washington

Dolley Payne was the eldest daughter of eight; she had three younger sisters. Dolley Payne: Quaker Daughter John Payne, Dolley’s father was a convert to the Quaker religion, and like many people who choose their faith, was strict in its … 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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Thomas Jefferson’s Merry Party

Thomas Jefferson was a sophisticated gentleman, not usually associated with rudeness, but… President Jefferson’s Hosting Attitudes Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) had grown up in a time and place of elegance and form. As a young student at William and Mary, he … Continue reading

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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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