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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 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 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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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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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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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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