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Dolley Madison Project

is devoted to the life, letters, and legacy of the wife of our fourth president. As First Lady, Dolley Madison grew famous for her social graces and courage. By 1900 her name was being used for a range of commercial products. A chronology and essays about her life are provided, along with frequently asked questions and information about her letters and individuals with whom she corresponded. (The Dolley Madison Project, University of Virginia, National Endowment for the Humanities)

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Interesting Fact:

Dolley Payne was born in Guilford County, North Carolina, but moved to Virginia when she was three. She remained in Virginia, living on a plantation, until her father freed the family's slaves and moved them to Philadelphia when she was fifteen.
Engraving of Dolley Payne Madison done in 1812 by William Chappell. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress.

Dolley Payne Madison — 1812

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