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May 20, 2022

Dolley Payne Todd Madison

May 20, 1768

Dolley MadisonDolley Todd Payne Todd Madison—Born May 20, 1768 (Guilford County, NC). Died July 12, 1849 (Washington, DC).

 

  • White House Years: 1809-1817
  • Dolley Madison assisted President Thomas Jefferson, a widower, with hostess roles when James Madison was Secretary of State.
  • First Lady Dolley Madison was known for being a socialite, but she also had a great political ability— often in the form of resolving disputes between politicians— that her husband valued greatly.
  • She is credited with saving the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington and important documents when the British burned the White House in 1814.
  • After the White House was burned by the British in 1814, she continued to host events and keep morale up in the president’s temporary quarters.
  • Dolley Madison remained influential in Washington long after her time as first lady; she was constantly asked back to the White House, acting as an advisor to several first ladies.
  • Dolley Madison was the first first lady to receive an honorary seat on the floor of Congress.
  • Dolley Madison was the first first lady to respond to a telegraph message, and the first to be photographed.
  • Dolley Madison was the first first lady to reach the age of 80 years old.

Quotes:

  • It is done—and the precious portrait placed in the hands of two gentlemen of New York, for safe keeping.”

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2022-05-20 2022-05-20 America/Detroit Dolley Payne Todd Madison Dolley Todd Payne Todd Madison—Born May 20, 1768 (Guilford County, NC). Died July 12, 1849 (Washington, DC).   White House Years: 1809-1817 Dolley Madison assisted President Thomas Jefferson, a widower, with hostess roles when James Madison was Secretary of State. First Lady Dolley Madison was known for being a socialite, but she also had a great political ability— often in the form of resolving disputes between politicians— that her husband valued greatly. She is credited with saving the Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington and important documents when the British burned the White House in 1814. After the White House was burned by the British in 1814, she continued to host events and keep morale up in the president’s temporary quarters. Dolley Madison remained influential in Washington long after her time as first lady; she was constantly asked back to the White House, acting as an advisor to several first ladies. Dolley Madison was the first first lady to receive an honorary seat on the floor of Congress. Dolley Madison was the first first lady to respond to a telegraph message, and the first to be photographed. Dolley Madison was the first first lady to reach the age of 80 years old. Quotes: “It is done—and the precious portrait placed in the hands of two gentlemen of New York, for safe keeping.” ----

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