Dolley Payne Todd Madison (May 20, 1768 – July 12, 1849) was the wife of James Madison, President of the United States from 1809 to 1817. She was noted for her social gifts, which boosted her husband’s popularity as President. In this way, she did much to define the role of the President’s spouse, known only much later by the title First Lady—a function she had sometimes performed earlier for the widowed Jefferson.
Dolley Madison also helped to furnish the newly constructed White House. When the British set fire to it in 1814, she was credited with saving the classic portrait of George Washington. In widowhood, she often lived in poverty, partially relieved by the sale of her late husband’s papers.
Dolly Madison: 4th U.S. First Lady
- Dolley Madison was a US First Lady, the wife of the fourth President of the United States, James Madison.  She was born in May 20, 1768 in a Quaker community called New Garden - now known as Guilford County, North Carolina. Her father, John Payne, was a farmer and starch manufacturer and her mother, Mary Coles, was like most women of the era, a homemaker and primary caregiver.  
- There is much controversy and confusion over her name: Dolly, Dolley, even Dorothy and Dorothea. If you go to your local library you will find books on both Dolly Madison and Dolley Madison. Some of her biographers insisted that her given name was Dorothea, others wrote that it was really Dorothy - although generally in their book titles they bowed to the convention of Dolly.
- Her original name was Dolley Payne, then Dolley Payne Todd, and finally Dolley Payne Madison.No proof of documentation.
Birth Order and siblings
- Dolly was the fourth of eight children. She had four brothers and three sisters.
- Height: 5' 6 1/2" 
- Hair: Black
- Eyes: Blue
- Born into the Quaker faith, but expelled after her marriage to non-Quaker James Madison; attended Episcopalian services, and was confirmed in that faith in 1845, July 15 at St. John's Church, Washington, D.C.
- Her early years are shrouded in mystery and the many blanks have been filled with myths, oral histories, and family legends - some of which were of her own making. In August 1834, she wrote a friend who had been commissioned to write a biographical sketch of her: "My family were all Virginians except myself, who was born on a visit of one year to an Uncle." Eager to be included among the first families of Virginia, Mrs. Madison explained that "their families on both sides, were among the most respectable citizens of the state." The truth is that the Payne family had moved to North Carolina, and that her next oldest brother, William Temple Payne, had been born there too. But DPM wanted to belong to one of Virginia's finest families, and so as she reconstructed her past.
First Marriage: 07 Jan 1790
- Husband: John Todd Jr (1763-1793) Age 21
- Occupation: lawyer
- Marriage Date: 07 Jan 1790
- Marriage Place: Pine Street Meeting House, Philadelphia, PA
- Dolly and John lived in a modest three-story brick house at the corner of Fourth and Walnut Streets. Todd died in a yellow fever epidemic on 14 October 1793. They had two sons John Payne and William Temple (July 4, 1793). Her 29 year old husband,son William and husband's parents all died from Yellow Fever. 
Second Marriage: 15 Sep 1794
- In 1794, she was introduced to James Madison by her friend Aaron Burr. James (1751-1836) -- planter and Virginia Congressman -- was 17 years her senior. On 15 September 1794, she married at age 26. The wedding was held at "Harewood" Estate in Charles Town, West Virginia.
- The couple lived in Madison's elegant three-story Spruce Streetbrick house until his retirement in 1797. That's when they moved to the Madison family plantation in Orange, VA. It's called, "Montpelier."
- The Madisons had no children of their own, but raised Dolley's son John from her first marriage.
First Lady (04 Mar 1809 - 03 Mar 1817)
- Dolly was the first presidential wife to plan and approve the Inaugural Ball. She was also the first wife to associate herself with a humanitarian project.
- 04 Mar 1809 - 03 Mar 1817
- Age: 40
Death: 12 Jul 1849
- According to legend, it was at Dolley funeral that incumbent President Zachary Taylor eulogized her as "First Lady." It might have been the first known use of the title, but no record of his eulogy is extant. (heresay)
- 12 Jul 1849 Washington DC: Died at home. Age 81.
- Initially buried in Congressional Cemetery, DC. Re-interred at Montpelier estate, Orange, VA.
- Cemetery: Montpelier Estate National Historic Site 
- Place: Montpelier Station, Orange County, Virginia, USA
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Wikipedia: Dolly Madison
- ↑ Entered by Travis Wagner, Apr 13, 2012
- ↑ Entered by Janice Hardin, Nov 27, 2011
- ↑ Entered by Vicki Norman, Jan 10, 2014
- ↑ Dolly Madison Project online
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 6.2 First Ladies Biographies: [firstladies.org Dolly Payne Madison
- ↑ Lucy m.1 George Steptoe Washington (nephew of the first President); m.2 Thomas Todd, U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.
- ↑ Mary m. Congressman John George Jackson (VA).
- ↑ Date of death unknown.
- ↑ FindAGrave: Memorial ID: Dolly Payne Todd Madison Memorial
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