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Dolley Madison
Dolley Madison

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Madison's Memorable Wife
Some people were surprised when James Madison married Dolley Payne Todd (1768-1849) on September 15, 1794. She was a spirited, charming, sociable 26-year-old widow and mother of a young son (her first husband and younger child died in the 1793 yellow fever epidemic). Dolley was 17 years younger than Madison, and they had no children together. She had been a Quaker but was disowned by the Society of Friends (Quakers) for marrying outside her faith: Madison was an Episcopalian.

Dolley had a very outgoing personality (she was known to wear turbans!) and Madison was small and shy, but they had a wonderful relationship. For how many years was Dolley Madison the first lady?

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