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Title Dolley Payne (Todd) Madison
Collection First Lady Dolls
Catalog Number 2015.017.004
Description Dolley Payne (Todd) Madison (1768-1849)
Wife of James Madison - First Lady from 1809-1817

Dolley Madison was born in Guilford County, North Carolina on May 20, 1768.
Her physical appearance is described at 5'6 ½" with black hair and blue eyes. Dolley is one of the most renowned public figures for giving service.
Dolley married her first husband, John Todd, on January 7, 1790 at age 21. Todd died during a yellow fever epidemic on October 14, 1793. Her second marriage was to James Madison on September 15, 1794 at 26 years old. They moved to the Madison family plantation famously known as "Montpelier" in Orange, Virginia in 1797.
She became the First Lady on March 4, 1809 at age 40 and continued until March 3, 1817. Dolley had an unusual enthusiasm for public life and surpassed her predecessors with her conscious effort to be successful living in the spotlight. Dolley was the first First Lady to associate herself with a distinct public project. As a fundraiser, supporter and board member she assisted in founding a Washington D.C. home for orphaned girls. She also became close friends with nuns from a local Catholic school and had a lifelong connection with the organization. Dolley was so beloved by the public, her legacy exceeded even Martha Washington's as a public celebrity. Dolley was often referred to as "Lady Madison," and was deeply honored by having a ship named after her, being solicited by authors, and even being illustrated on the cover of a magazine. Her legend was made permanent by her vigilant act of symbolic patriotism in the hours following the burning of Washington by the British troops during the War of 1812. Dolley famously refused to leave the White House before being promised that the portrait of George Washington was removed and taken to a safe location away from potential destruction.
Dolley died in Washington D.C. on July 12, 1849 at 81 years old.
Event Bicentennial First Lady Doll Exhibit - Community Project
Creator Park, Phyllis Juhlin
Costume Costume by Donna Hatch Merrill
Given Given by the Current Topics Study Club
Source Uintah County Library