Dolley Madison by Sydney

Dolley madison
By: Sydney
Curator’s office
Dolley Madison was born May 20, 1768 in Guilford County,
North Carolina.
She was one of eight kids in the family.
Her family was a Quaker family.
Dolley was about 5’6-1/2 tall with black hair and blue eyes.
Her father’s name was John Payne and her mother’s name
was Mary Coles Payne.
When Dolley was, she moved to Philadelphia.
While Dolley lived in Philadelphia she met a young lawyer.
They moved to eastern Virginia and she got married to
John Todd in 1790. They had two boys.
In 1793, her husband and her youngest son, William Isaac
Todd died of yellow fever. William Isaac Todd was 3 months
old when he died. She was twenty-five when they died. She
was widow after they died.
Dolley was known for her warmth, charm and popularity.
“Dolley assisted the widowed Jefferson as a hostess at offical
events, giving her plenty of preparation for her future role as
first lady.”
When John Todd died, Dolley married James Madison. James
and Dolley had no kids. Dolley Madison expelled being a
Ouaker because James was not Ouaker.
“Her popularity prevailed during the 1812 election.”
“In preparation for the inaugural ceremonies of James
Madison on March fourth.”
“Dolley Madison’s popularity as a hostess in Washington
adds greatly to the recognition of her husband by those
members of Congress whose electoral votes then chose
the winner of presidential races”.
Dolley Madison made the White House elegant and
comfortable. She opened the doors weekly for anyone that
wanted to come in. As they would walk in she would greet
with charm and ease.
Though most people never saw it because the British
burned it down in August 1814 in the war of 1812.
Most people have heard of her as the nation’s favorite first
Dolley befriended nuns at a local church.
She also helped to find a Washington D.C home for young
orphaned girls.
She was the first lady in 1809-1817. From March fourth to
March third.
In 1836, James died. When James died her irresponsible
son forced her to sell her properties, even her house.
Soon she returned to Washington D.C permanently. She
lived across from the White House in a row owned by
“In 1842 she traveled to New York City to arrange a loan
from the wealthy fur magnate John Jacob Astor. Congress
can to her aid once more by agreeing to buy the remaining
Madison’s papers for $25,000, but only on one condition
that the money be placed in a trust fund so that her son
could not get it.
Dolley Madison died on July
12,1849 in Washington in her
She was 81 years old.
She was buried beside James
Madison in a family plot near
Sources Cited
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• My name is Sydney.
• I live with my mom, my dad and five cats, one dog, and one fish. At
my other house I have a dog and at a farm I have a horse.
• My house is two stories tall.
• I am nine years old.
• I was born in Hickory, North Carolina.
• I moved to Morganton in the year of 2009. Before I moved here I
lived in Lincolnton.
• This project was fun for me because I wanted to learn about Dolley
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