45 Facts About Dolley Madison

1. Dolley Madison converted to James' Episcopal religion, and quickly abandoned the Quaker fashions of her youth in favor of the latest city styles.

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2. Dolley Madison met Congressman James Dolley Madison through their mutual acquaintance, senator Aaron Burr, and married after only a brief courtship.

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3. Dolley Madison is fondly remembered as a gracious hostess and the brave savior of priceless White House artifacts before its burning in 1814.

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4. Dolley Madison was buried beside James Dolley Madison at a family plot near Montpelier.

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5. Dolley Madison underscored the first lady's responsibility for caring for the mansion and its contents when she directed the removal and safe storage of precious holdings, including the famous Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington that still hangs in the East Room.

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6. Dolley Madison was one of eight children of John Payne, a merchant, and Mary Coles Payne.

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7. Dolley Madison died in Washington on July 12, 1849, at the age of eighty-one.

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8. Dolley Madison enjoyed seeing the sights there and being back in the social whirl.

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9. Dolley Madison was in the audience at its opening ceremonies on March 7, 1825.

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10. Dolley Madison kept most of the debt payments secret from Dolley, who still loved Payne dearly and still hoped he would straighten out.

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11. Dolley Madison entertained an adoring public with her beautiful bird, a macaw from Brazil.

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12. Dolley Madison loved his company and assumed he would find himself eventually, but James was worried.

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13. Dolley Madison began her Wednesday night receptions again, and the mood in Washington was joyous.

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14. At the inauguration, Dolley Madison wore a glamorous champagne-colored gown and a purple velvet bonnet with white plumes.

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15. Dolley Madison loved the property at Montpelier as much as James did.

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16. Dolley Madison inherited her husband's estate, so her finances were in good condition.

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17. Dolley Madison dressed in plain gray cloth, wearing skirts that extended down to her ankles.

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18. Dolley Madison sustained her husband through his time in public office.

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19. Dolley Madison was the wife of the fourth president of the United States, James Madison.

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20. Dolley Madison had become a folk hero and an icon in American culture for the courage she had shown in 1814 when Washington came under attack.

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21. Dolley Madison was left at the White House with 100 soldiers as guard and one spyglass.

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22. Dolley Madison was known at first for her skills as a social hostess in the White House; but during war with the British, she proved herself both courageous and quick-thinking.

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23. Dolley Madison narrowly escaped the British, who burned the Capitol Building and set fire to the President's House.

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24. At that time, James Dolley Madison was made secretary of state.

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25. Dolley Madison was an extremely ambitious man who was well known in Philadelphia.

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26. Dolley Madison was the much-admired wife of the fourth US president, James Madison.

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27. Dolley Madison moved to Washington in 1837, leaving Payne in charge of Montpelier.

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28. Dolley Madison fled the city, but before she did, she ordered the servants to remove a famous portrait of George Washington from its frame and carry it to safety along with several other White House treasures.

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29. Dolley Madison served eight years in the House of Representatives, only returning to his home plantation of Montpelier in Orange County, Virginia, after his term ended in 1797.

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30. Dolley Madison actively and eagerly supported her husband in his political endeavors.

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31. Dolley Madison was 15, and the move must have been difficult for her.

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32. Dolley Madison was left a young widow with a small son to raise.

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33. Dolley Madison was born on 20th May 1768 and died on 12th July 1849.

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34. Dolley Madison moved back to the capital permanently in 1844, marking the start of her golden years as the grand dame of Washington.

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35. Dolley Madison died at her home in Washington in 1849.

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36. Dolley Madison fled the city, crossing the Potomac into Virginia.

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37. Dolley Madison was 43, a lifelong bachelor 17 years older than Dolley.

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38. On February 28, 1844, Dolley Madison was with President John Tyler while aboard the USS Princeton when a "Peacemaker" cannon exploded in the process of being fired.

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39. Dolley Madison took Paul Jennings with her as a butler, and he was forced to leave his family in Virginia.

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40. Dolley Madison hurried away in her waiting carriage, along with other families fleeing the city.

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41. Dolley Madison was moved to this because Mr Barker started to roll it up for greater convenience for carrying.

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42. Dolley Madison helped to define the official functions, decorated the Executive Mansion, and welcomed visitors in her drawing room.

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43. Dolley Madison was elected President, serving two terms from 1809 to 1817, and Dolley became the official First Lady.

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44. Dolley Madison worked with the architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe to furnish the White House, the first official residence built for the president of the United States.

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45. Dolley Madison returned with his family to Montpelier, the Madison family plantation in Orange County, Virginia.

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