Dolley Payne Todd Madison was the spouse of James Madison, and was First Lady of the United States from 1809 to 1817. During the previous administration of Thomas Jefferson, a widower and their friend, she occasionally acted as First Lady to fulfill the ceremonial functions more usually associated with the President's wife. She was notable for her social gifts and is credited with helping define the role of the First Lady, as well as contributing to the popularity of Madison as president.

Dolley Payne Todd Madison was the spouse of James Madison, and was First Lady of the United States from 1809 to 1817. During the previous administration of Thomas Jefferson, a widower and their friend, she occasionally acted as First Lady to fulfill the ceremonial functions more usually associated with the President's wife. She was notable for her social gifts and is credited with helping define the role of the First Lady, as well as contributing to the popularity of Madison as president.

Dorothea Payne Todd Madison (Dolly Madison), unofficial First Lady to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, and official First Lady to President James Madison. For half a century she was the most important woman in the social circles of America. To this day she remains one of the best known and best loved ladies of the White House.

Dorothea Payne Todd Madison (Dolly Madison), unofficial First Lady to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, and official First Lady to President James Madison. For half a century she was the most important woman in the social circles of America. To this day she remains one of the best known and best loved ladies of the White House.

1883 Princess and Prince of Wales and Duke of Clarence outtake from Glucksberg family portrait by Laurits Tuxen (location unknown to gogm)

1883 Princess and Prince of Wales and Duke of Clarence outtake from Glucksberg family portrait by Laurits Tuxen (location unknown to gogm)

James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were once arrested together for taking a carriage ride in Vermont on a Sunday, which violated state laws. | 21 Shocking Facts About U.S. Presidents

James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were once arrested together for taking a carriage ride in Vermont on a Sunday, which violated state laws. | 21 Shocking Facts About U.S. Presidents

Queen Victoria in old age.  This one little lady left an abundance of children, grandchildren, as well as great grandchildren that have changed the face of history over the past two plus centuries.

Queen Victoria in old age. This one little lady left an abundance of children, grandchildren, as well as great grandchildren that have changed the face of history over the past two plus centuries.

Martha Jefferson Randolph (1772-1836)  Thomas Jefferson's daughter.  Jeffereson's wife died so his daughter Martha, and his friend Dolley Madison help entertain at the White House.

Martha Jefferson Randolph (1772-1836) Thomas Jefferson's daughter. Jeffereson's wife died so his daughter Martha, and his friend Dolley Madison help entertain at the White House.

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