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Dolley Madison's house
The house that Dolley Madison lived in when she returned to Washington

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Van Buren's Presidential Hostess

Although she is referred to by some as his first lady, Angelica Singleton Van Buren was actually the president's daughter-in-law. Angelica met Abraham Van Buren, the president's eldest son, through her distant cousin, former first lady Dolley Madison, at a private White House dinner in 1838. Dolley Madison had just moved back to Washington after her husband's death and was already the most important woman in Washington society. Angelica and Abraham married within months of their meeting.

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