Dolley Madison — Fascinating Facts

  • Who was one of the most beloved first ladies?

    Dolley Payne Todd Madison was one of the most well loved first ladies and known as a terrific hostess. Because Thomas Jefferson’s wife died before his election, she helped him at official state functions during his presidency. When she married Madison, the Society of Friends disowned her as her husband was not a Quaker. She only had one surviving child by a previous marriage.

  • How were James and Dolley Madison described?

    Author Washington Irving described James Madison as “a withered little apple-john,” and his wife Dolley as a “fine, portly, buxom dame.”