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White House decorating - the Green Room
White House decorating - the Green Room

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Madison's Memorable Wife
Dolley Madison was officially first lady during her husband's two terms as president, from 1809 to 1817. But she also often served as Thomas Jefferson's official White House "hostess" during his presidency from 1801 to 1809 (while her husband served as Jefferson's secretary of state) because Jefferson's wife had died. When she became first lady, she worked with the architect Benjamin Latrobe to furnish and decorate the presidential residence elegantly and she entertained frequently.

Dolley hosted official engagements as well as weekly "drawing rooms" for the public, drawing a true cross section of society to the White House. This made her very popular with the American people. What did Dolley do during the War of 1812 that added to her popularity?

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