Sunday, May 20, 2007
From The Courier archives:
Dorothea Dandridge "Dolley" Payne Todd Madison (May 20, 1768 – July 12, 1849) was the wife of President James Madison, who served from 1809 until 1817. She also occasionally acted as what is now described as First Lady of the United States during the administration of Thomas Jefferson, fulfilling the ceremonial functions more usually associated with the President's wife, since Jefferson was a widower. Her name has been widely misspelled as "Dolly".
She was born in New Garden, a Quaker community located in the area now known as Guilford County, North Carolina, on May 20, 1768. Her father was John Payne, and her mother was Mary Coles. In 1783 John took his family back to Philadelphia to allow better educational opportunities for the children and to be more closely associated with their Quaker roots. Dolley spent her teenage years in Philadelphia, and attended Salem College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
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