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1768, May 201849, Jul 12
the wife of James Madison, President of the United States from 1809 to 1817. She was noted for her social graces, which boosted her husband’s popularity as President. In this way, she did much to define the role of the President’s spouse, known only much later by the title First Lady—a function she had sometimes performed earlier for the widowed Thomas Jefferson. She also helped to furnish the newly constructed White House. When the British set fire to it in 1814. In widowhood, she often lived in poverty, partially relieved by the sale of her late husband’s papers.
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09/15/1794-James Madison marries Dolley Madison (nee Payne Todd)
08/23/1814-Dolley Madison saves portrait of George Washington from British troops
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