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  • Liz Manners Keogh

    Dolley Madison...born in NC. wife of our 4th President James Madison...saved White House's historic Gilbert Stuart portrait of George Washington from certain destruction by advancing British troops during the War of 1812. Thomas Jefferson took charge of the entertaining details at the White House during his presidency, as his wife had died 18 years prior; whenever he had women dinner guests, he invited Dolley Madison (1768-1849), the wife of Secretary of State James Madison, as his escort.

  • sheila mckenney

    Dolley Payne Todd Madison (May 20, 1768 – July 12, 1849) wife of James Madison, President of the United States from 1809 to 1817. Noted for her social gifts, which boosted her husband’s popularity as President, defining the role of the title First Lady. 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.

  • Brandon Wolf

    First Lady Dolly Madison's White House Portrait

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