Dolly Madison

Madison, Dolley

Dolley Madison, 1768–1849, wife of President James Madison, b. Guilford co., N.C. Born Dolley Payne of Quaker parents, she was brought up in simplicity and was married (1790) to a Quaker, John Todd, who died in the yellow fever epidemic of 1793. She left the Friends to marry Madison in 1794. In later years as official White House hostess for President Jefferson (who was a widower) and for her husband, both in the White House and at Montpelier, she was noted for the magnificence of her entertaining as well as for charm, tact, and grace.

See her memoirs and letters (1886, repr. 1971); biographies by E. S. Arnett (1972) and C. Allgor (2006).

The Columbia Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright© 2014, The Columbia University Press.

Dolly Madison: Selected full-text books and articles

FREE! Dolly Madison
Maud Wilder Goodwin.
Charles Scribner's Sons, 1896
Presidential Wives
Paul F. Boller Jr.
Oxford University Press, 1988
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 4 "Dolley Madison 1768-1849"
FREE! The Life of James Madison
Gaillard Hunt.
Doubleday Page, 1902
Librarian’s tip: Chap. XXV "Dolly Payne"
A Second Treasury of the World's Great Letters
Wallace Brockway; Bart Keith Winer.
Simon & Schuster, 1941
Librarian’s tip: "Dolly Madison Escapes with the State Papers before the British Capture Washington" begins on p. 322
First Ladies
Betty Boyd Caroli.
Oxford University Press, 1995 (Expanded edition)
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Dolly Madison begins on p. 12
Women, Media, and Politics
Pippa Norris.
Oxford University Press, 1997
Librarian’s tip: Discussion of Dolly Madison begins on p. 169
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